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Richie Imperial Porter | Ale Syndicate

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Richie Imperial PorterRichie Imperial Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ale Syndicate
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Richie Imperial Porter is powerful and complex. Made with roasted barley and chocolate malts, it balances sharper flavors with a clean, semi-sweet finish.

32 IBU

Added by Jason on 02-26-2013

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 33
Reviews by dlello2:
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a nonic)
This beer has an opaque black body with a thin ring of tan foam that last a bit. The smell is a mellow char but pronounced and some chocolate malt notes in the finish. The taste brings on much more character. Rich chocolate malt flavor has a light earthiness to it with a toasted malt note underneath and a soft chalk flavor in the finish. There is a roasted note that lingers nicely after each sip. The creamy carbonation enhances the finish of the beer nicely.

This is mellow but rich and is a classic porter with great chocolate malt flavors with some good depth but still very drinkable.

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Photo of Ajlvt
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of emerge077
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black in the glass, a finger of foam, chunky lacing sticks to the sides.
Aroma is pretty sweet, smells like scorched molasses.

Taste is big on malt sweetness and roastiness, reminds me of a baltic porter like Zywiec.
Aftertaste is dry with a lingering piney bitterness. Full bodied and viscous, a little too sweet for my taste, odd sugars and a little bit of noticeable booze. Overall it's fairly interesting, unique for a local beer. It reminds me of $2 pint bottles of Polish porters, which I enjoy but this is too sweet for me.
Polish kielbasa.

Thanks to Bob for this one!

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark pour with decent texture. Aroma smelled of a nice chocolate and fruity mix. Very pleasant taste, with decent carbonation and a nice kick to it. Very good strong beer and I look forward to this offering in the future.

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Photo of enelson
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Inglewood
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kubrickx
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Drucifer
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Pablobomb
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Barnoloid
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was fairly decent. A relatively light imperial porter with a chocolate forward feel. Something of a caramel and tangy cola aftertaste, this had a feel of a chocolate soda in a sense, probably as I found the body to be similar in profile.

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Photo of 31Sam13
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ultrasrs
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ohiovania
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of maz
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Joel12
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mychalg9
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MattMorin
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dannycohen62
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Duff27
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NorthSideSean
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mat_Rampson
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of bcm75
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Beginner2
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As a Chicagoan, I must confess that I've never tasted an Ale Syndicate brew. The confession gets worse if I tell you that I was inside their building. Circumstance and Serendipity have met, at least for this brew.

Looks good enough to drink.. even if I had choices.
Aromatics are not full for this style, but this is above average.

Taste in the attack seems average for the imperial alcohol level, but the after-taste is exceptional; not an overwhelming malty bitterness that brewers tend to fall into.
Mouthfeel is average, not smoother than the best. And seems a bit watery for an imperial.

OA: a very decent porter. Both the taste quality and alcohol will bring me back to this porter. A very young brewery that is Chicago-centric; but it deserves distribution beyond my town.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly diluted chestnut color with a thin cap of coarse khaki bubbles that soon dissippates. Bold aroma smells of molasses, dark fruit, cherry cough syrup, and baking chocolate, with perhaps a faint trace of grassy hops. If this tastes anywhere near as good as it smells, I’m in for a real treat.

The taste features big roasted coffee up front with molasses and the cough syrup alluded to by the nose, courtesy of some herbal hops. Hints of peat and dark chocolate lurk beneath the surface as well. The mouthfeel is palpably thin, creating a distracting contrast with the robust flavor profile. The alcohol is not especially well-concealed either, leaving a perpetual sting on the tongue while drinking. Carbonation is on the high end of moderate, which reinforces the light mouthfeel that doesn’t really belong.

I picked this up on a whim not expecting much, and while I was encouraged by the aroma, the overall experience falls short of what I would have liked. I’ll give it credit for full flavor, but the thin body and unwieldy alcohol don’t justify its more positive aspects.

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Richie Imperial Porter from Ale Syndicate
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