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Raven Mad Imperial Porter - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Raven Mad Imperial PorterRaven Mad Imperial Porter

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BA SCORE
83
good

142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
70 IBU

Released Fall 2008.

(Beer added by: ccrida on 10-30-2008)
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Reviews by Bfarr:
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3.78/5  rDev +2.7%

Dark brown with a big, brown, frothy head and good retention. Roasted malt aroma, chocolate, and oak. Roasty character up front balanced by chocolate sweetness. Notes of whisky, and oak with subtle hints of vanilla. Hop bittering and roasted malts has moderate low linger. Medium feel with light dryness.

This is slightly hot but it becomes more of a hard warming in the chest. A great blend of flavors and an understated and valued beer. It easily matches beers twice the price only the aroma and feel leave something to be desired. There’s nothing overpowering and stays enjoyable and clear throughout the bottle.

Bfarr, Jun 05, 2012
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Photo of EastBay_Nick
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

EastBay_Nick, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%

Bomber pours into a pint glass a deep dark brown body topped by a small khaki head, Good retention and some spotty patch lacing.

Aroma might be the high point of this one. Dark roasty malt notes of bittersweet chocolate and coffee are complimented by smoky charcoal and oaky vanilla. A hint of wine underneath adds intrigue.

Mouthfeel has a medium body and carbonation but thins quite a bit toward the finish.

Taste has standard dark roasty malt notes of coffee, Bittersweet chocolate, and a hint of dark fruits up front. Oak aging adds some vanilla. A nice grassy hops bitterness is a welocme addition. There is a vinous quality from the pinot barrels that throws things off track a bit and just seems out of place in a porter. Slight booziness doesn't really distract.

An interesting experiment with the barrel aging here but I would have enjoyed this one quite a bit more if the pinot barrels had been left out of the process.

merlin48, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of 46333
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

46333, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of Metalmonk
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%

Pours out in a viscous stream, producing a bubbly toasted brown head an intensely black body.

Aroma is nutty, woody and sweet. Shades of dark baking chocolate, watery chocolate milk and frothed milk. None of this is intense or dominant, but the nuttiness prevails most.

Flavor offers char, husky nut character, dark chocolate, coffee, succulent dark berry and frothed/boiled milk. Sweet it is, but balanced by the roast and nutty elements. Nut, coffee and chocolate linger in the finish. A mild wave of alcohol comes through further into the bottle and with warming. Alcohol presence is probably in large part due to the bourbon and wine characters that rubbed off in the barrel-aging. 41% of Raven Mad was aged in various oak barrels, and the wood provides an underlying essence, giving it a remarkable depth. For barrel-aged beer lovers, it might seem a bit too subtle, but for those who prefer the wood to lay low, it's simply a welcome addition to a long list of flavor characteristics.

Medium-bodied at best, with a round, slippery texture that offsets the considerable carbonation. Just about right, I'd say.

This is a complex beer, although not a terribly busy or extreme one. It just performs very well and is a must-try for porter enthusiasts. (The 3D effect wasn't all that great, but 3D rarely is. It's a fun gimmick, though, and I gratefully thank msubulldog25 for sending the whole deal.)

Metalmonk, Dec 22, 2008
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4.2/5  rDev +14.1%

A: black, mostly black with some dark caramel colored edges. No head, I wonder if the bar keeps know it is all right to leave at least a little? Small foamy ring of lace at the very top...otherwise nothing

S: first and foremost. Alcohol notes, raisins, roasted grains, and soft vanilla caramel scent

T: husky dark grains followed by dry stale coffee characteristics. Sweetness follows suit as in the nose, soft spiced vanilla and caramel, maybe lactose sweeteners. Slight woodiness and astringency in the finish. As it warms the coffee and sweeter notes become stronger and push through. This is the same for the alcohol...

M: smooth, just shy of creamy. Carbonation maybe helps dig away a the smoothness factor and the body is heavy and carries itself well down the hatch

D: I found this one to go down rather easy, not to heavy but enough bulk to be a good smooth porter. Good beer on a cold winter day, very nice

Magpie14, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +6%

Sour aroma, great 3D picture and the glasses. Black body with a brown head. Above average mothfeel. Very drinkable, with a good token amount of smoke, rather than only roast.Nice porter.Subtle flavours from barrelling.A bit boozy, but oh my so drinkable.

Sammy, Mar 16, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev +10.1%

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a Maudite snifter. Body is a deep dark brown with reddish highlights, topped by a smaller, creamy, tan head. Very nice, complex aroma of smoky dark malt, dark fruit, oak, pinot grapes, and a whiff of toffee.
Palate is similarly complex. Sweet, slightly smoky dark malt dominates up front. A touch of fruity hops comes through before the swallow, imparting just a touch of bitterness to balance out the malt. Tangy, acidic finish indicates it may have picked up a good bit of leftover wine from the pinot barrels.
Body is nicely carbonated, but a little bit thin for such a strong porter. This is unique enough to be a little offputting at first, but after a few sips becomes very inviting. An interesting, innovative beer from Bridgeport that has benefited from some time laying down in the cellar.

ElGordo, May 26, 2010
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3.53/5  rDev -4.1%

A: Quite black with a red tinge and a thin film of a head; nice lacing

S: A bit woody with subtle bourbon notes; sweet and malty; some subtle dark fruits; but a bit subdued overall

T: Roasty malts; some bourbon but more of a subtle rubbing alcohol flavor; definitely an oaky presence; the roasted malts and slight chocolate and coffee help save the flavors, which seemed nearly destined to be a mess

F: A touch thin and the beer evaporates rather quickly

O: A decent porter but a bit boozy and thin with not enough bourbon or body to make this interesting

dbossman, Jan 05, 2012
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3.13/5  rDev -14.9%

Poured into a tulip glass. Black with a half finger of tan head.

Pleasant smell of wood, roasted malt, molasses and vanilla. Nicely balanced and subtle.

Sweet tasting, then charred wood and lots of it. The rest of the taste cannon escape the charred wood, neither can my mouth. The burnt malt tried to play was suppressed. The vanilla squeaks out at the very end but it isn't enough to overcome the charred wood.

Medium body, almost chewy. Moderate carbonation.

It smelled great. The taste was just wood and more wood; a bit much for me.

Fatehunter, Feb 20, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +6%

Presentation: 1 pint 6 oz. bottle into a Duvel Tulip style glass.

A - Pitch black with 1.5 fingers light tan creamy head. Head retention is amazing, as is the lacing.

S - Smokey roasted malts are at the forefront. Chocolate is well defined in the background.

T - Chocolate and roasted malts now dominate while the smokiness is still present it was mostly in the aroma. Some coffee and hints of dark fruit are present on the back of the tongue. Overall a balanced flavor, but not overly complex...There 'IS' an noticable 'kick' on the end from the alcohol.

M - Medium-heavy bodied, carbonation is definitely noticeable. Finish is slightly drying with lots of roasted malts, here the smoke comes back again.

D - Well rounded, starts out dominating with the smokiness and finishes the same way. No complex flavors but definitely a very good beer. A refreshing improvement from Bridgeport's more popular, "Nightwatch." This one is more complex, more character...over all just a better beer!

scootpolute, Dec 19, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

jheezee, Feb 10, 2013
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3.43/5  rDev -6.8%

Pours jet black with 1+ finger of mocha colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Coffee & dark chocolate, herbal & minty hops as well

T: Chocolate, roasty grain & nutty notes up front. Some boozey Bourbon notes, kind of rough & vanilla/oaky notes as this warms

MF: Fairly thin, over carbonated. Body becomes creamier once warmer

Not a bad porter, doesn't really live up to the Imperial side on all factors. Would rate this at least .5 lower across the board as an IMP Porter. I would drink this again if pressed, but wouldn't seek it out

russpowell, Dec 22, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Kegatron, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of cannabanaceae
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%

Not impressed by the 3-D, The raven barley moves. I smell gimmick.
Poured violently yeilding a frothy brown head, pitch black in color. Lacing.

Smell was toasted malts, Oak, chocolate, stale red wine, alcohol.

Taste was very smooth. Toasted oak barrels, tiny bourbon taste, Goes down like a melted milk shake with lots of hop bitterness that is balanced by the slight sourness from the wine barrel aging. Great hop back. Medium body. Mouthfell was velvety.

A very good beer. I wish that it was all barrel aged with more bourbon. It was mixed with 59% porter, making it mellow but 'big'.

cannabanaceae, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%

2011 edition, 50's pulp novel styled label on a dark background.

Dark brownish black body, billowing dark mocha foam that forms a rocky topographical surface. The head is slow to recede, and leaves a halo of sticky lacing all around the glass.

Smells nice, subdued vanilla and chocolate, dark and bittersweet, some woody barrel notes coming through. Some chocolate covered banana and yeast esters that come out with a swirl.

Definitely tastes like a porter/stout blend, slightly thin but full of flavor. Dark bitter chocolate, light vanilla sweetness, woody oak and tobacco notes, dry finish with lingering woodiness. Fairly smooth and relatively light bodied considering the BA genre and blend. Lightly vinous, with a unique and well rounded flavor. Any distinct bourbon notes are blended into smooth submission, alcohol is well hidden. Overall one of the better offerings from Bridgeport, and at $8 a bomber it's a pretty good deal for a barrel-aged blend.

emerge077, Dec 16, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +7.3%

Finally tried a bomber of this after reading Jeff Alworths comments about it on the beervana blog... I always try Bridgeports stuff.. but the 3D glasses threw me off...

- Nice rich cloudy color.. poured slightly thick, with a nice tan head that was creamy.

- Nice vanilla and oak-like scent with some fantastic ester-wine notes and chocolate malt... nice bitterness too...

- Huge wine barrel flavor but at the same time well balanced with some great vanilla bourbon oak essence mixed with a rather basic and mild porter which is actually refreshing for a change. A nice standard.

- Nice bitterness.. slightly dry, but robust with ester and barrel.... so overall very good.

- Great drinkability but wouldn't recommend even having the whole bottle for one.. but one to share... rather strong on the gut, but still light on alcohol.

On another note aside from judging, the price was great for this, and certainly one I would buy again and again. Must have!

Docer, Sep 07, 2009
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3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

Black with a small tan head. Moderate lacings.

Aroma is leather and spice.

Taste is dark cocoa, some coffee, good amount of bitter hops.

Mouthfeel is full and rich.

Drinkability is good if you are just having a pint or two. Overall a pretty good Imperial Porter.

Spikester, Nov 04, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

LJWalker, Feb 08, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev +5.4%

Almost opaque brown,with a nice durable tan froth. Pinot noir barrels come through in the nose, along with some dark fruit and smoky roasted malt. Soft and lush on the palate. The barrel aging lends a pronounced red berry overtone to the roasted malt flavors. Chocolatey, earthy and roasty. Adequate hopping shows up toward the end with some leafy bitterness. Mouthfeel is fairly light for a strong porter, slightly creamy, with low carbonation. Finishes with some lingering toast and mild hop bitterness. Not a bad concoction, interesting wine barrel flavors and it avoids the heavy, under-attenuated trend in imperial porter/stout. A very nice drinking beer.

The bottle showed signs of cap sealing problems, which may explain the low carbonation in my bottle, and/or the off flavors/bad reviews here.

bcm119, Mar 09, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

hannaho, Feb 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

jaydoc, Oct 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Hopmodium, May 25, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +14.7%

22 picked up at the Coop... equipped with the 3-D glasses.. paid about $5... shared with Brenda.... mine into my Chimay goblet.

1" lite tan head.. great lacing and a nice cap.. the brew is darker than a standard porter... but.. I'm not complaining..

Nose is roasty with a little char.. chocolate malts are nice.. smells creamy.. sorta milky.. a little vanilla and maybe port.

flavor is a big blast.. but seems like a mish-mash.. roasty grains and alot of fruitiness... dark cherry essence.. some plum.. fairly sharp roasted grain for the entire sip.. the barrel aging only shows up as it really warms up.. vanilla and sorta fruity notes.. finish is verging on dry chocolate and vanilla soda essence with a nice woody presence that ties it all together.. The body is on the lite side for an Imperial Porter.. but don't let that disguise the interior.. this is a pretty classy brew.. not out of the world by any standard.. but it is very nice straight out of the bottle and will only get better with some time on it.

The label gimmick may do more to discredit this brew than help it... Bridgeport makes thoroughly solid beers for the most part... I can only assume they thought the campy label was used to get more people interested.. but I honestly believe that this brew deserves credit on its merits.. not the label... (even though I really dig it.. and am putting 1 into my "save the full bottle" cellar). Interesting.. and better than it is gonna get on BA.

4/4/4.5/4/4

JohnGalt1, Dec 02, 2008
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Raven Mad Imperial Porter from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
83 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.