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Pandemic Imperial Porter - 3 Stars Brewing Company

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Pandemic Imperial Porter
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14 Reviews
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Reviews: 14
Hads: 73
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 33.95%
Wants: 0
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
3 Stars Brewing Company visit their website
District of Columbia, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: nmann08 on 08-13-2013

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Reviews: 14 | Hads: 73
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rich, Roasty, Thick, Burnt

Massive and bold with a good dose of booze, big overtones of chocolate with suggestions of chicory and coffee. Sweet, iced hot chocolate adult style? Dark fruit like black currants and figs continue the meld with a mild espresso likeness deep into the aftertaste. While it may all be on the sweet side there is still a good amount of balance here with the alcohol and lingering roasted grain, look at this one like a dessert beer and sip it like a fine port.

STYLE: Imperial Porter | ABV: 9.6% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #95 (DEC 2014)

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DahWag
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hagbergl
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Picked up a 750 mL corked and caged bottle of 3 Stars' Pandemic Porter. I believe this is the initial bottling run of this beer from the up and coming brewery, which is pretty cool, especially for one such as myself who really wants to see great brewing being done in the D.C. area. Poured into my Tired Hands flute glass.

Appearance: Extremely dark, the dark brown head (disappointingly) fizzles out quickly, as if it were soda. This scared me a bit at first, since these glasses were clean and I've never seen foam retreat so quickly. However, my fears are somewhat assuaged since thisseems, at least visually, to be a well-carbonated beer.

Smell: Massive roastiness--notes of espresso and char (almost smoky) are dominant, along with some chocolate and dark fruit, such as figs and dates, likely a product of the chocolate malt and considerable ABV. This beer has an outstanding nose on it.

Taste: The taste follows the nose nicely, with a huge dose of espresso/coffee-like roastiness, but with more chocolate added. There's an underlying charred note that was present in the nose that adds dimension to the flavor as well. Some sweet alcohol also adds depth and contributes a bit of a dark fruit element. A very good tasting imperial porter!

Mouthfeel: Medium. Not thick but slick. Pleasant carbonation level, though this beer cries out for a creamier mouthfeel.

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Photo of drinkern
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of earlholman
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Highbury09
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Swift989
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of dexterk1
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of apasternak
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of trevorpost
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is pitch black with a thin coffee colored head.

Smell is astringent.

Taste is roast with a slight sweet sourness. Sweet is like syrup with a balanced tart note. Slight astringent note.

Maybe not what I'd expect from a porter. But not bad to drink.

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Photo of Moses_Malone
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of VeganUndead
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Boilerup
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of DavidHume
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of smakawhat
2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. We shall for go the big snifter this time! Quit tieing these cages on with a hammer drill, they are impossible to get off. Minimal pop off the cork with some tugging.

Quick half finger dark cocoa brown head that dissolves very quickly to a thin fine collar. Collar after sometime is completely gone. No retention, lots of soda snapping carbonation on the pour. Bottle contents slap and hit wet out of the gate, filling with a simple dark brown walnut and opaque color. There's some sheen legs around the edge of the glass. Otherwise the beer looks really dead on arrival.

Solid porter character, and a very impressive coffee note and dried bean aroma on the nose. Hints of berried fruit, almost raspberry and a faint note of dark chocolate. Pretty good nose all things considered, and definitely large.

Palate is pure sugar. Lots of thick sweetness and hints of just sugar and water, not honey, not brown sugar, not caramel, or sweet chocolate, just sugar. Coffee like aftertaste marred by molasses and more sugar rush. Not boozy at least, but hits with a big stomach warmth after some time. Cola like body and flat soda feel. Borderline drinkable with an almost syrup raspberry soda quality aftertaste. Nothing gels and the flavors are all over and melded by what seems like an overly sugared brew.

This brew has a solid inviting aroma, with a bunch of pieces that really need improvement. This needs work.

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Photo of CraigTravor
4.75/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am usually not a porter fan, but this beer knocked my socks off

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Watery, some smoke, chocolate and coffee that do not seem to balance. A wee but of vanilla. But the balance is just off on this beer.

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Photo of BColton1
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dcbeerguy007
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of Cook82
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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Pandemic Imperial Porter from 3 Stars Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.