Raven Mad Imperial Porter - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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Reviews by merlin48:
3.63/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-16-2012 14:42:23 | More by merlin48
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3.76/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
650ml bomber given to me by my brewing lecturer. This particular bottle may have been ~12 months old. Shared with Sam.
Pours a deep, dark brown colour, lighter at the edges, with a muddled, flaky cola-coloured head. Some streaky, but thin and watery lace. Fine, perhaps thin, body with minimal carbonation. Overall, it doesn't look particularly exciting.
Nose is mild and toasty, with a bit of sweet, estery fruit: banana coming through in particular. Slight peppery characters, and some cocoa and sweetness as it warms, giving it a toasted banana bread character. There's not a lot to it, to be honest, but it's not bad.
Taste is a bit better. Sweet darkness on the front, with raisins, sultanas and some toffee, before a robust, almost ashy bitterness swells on the finish. There's some rummy booze, a hint of pepper again, and some earthiness. It's maybe a little bit too thin in the mouth, but the carbonation is fine.
Overall, yeah, it's nice enough, but it's far from being really exciting or interesting. It's just decent. It's missing some overarching structure and complexity, and ends up feeling a little too generic.
Serving type: bottle
04-01-2013 04:22:31 | More by lacqueredmouse
Raven Mad Imperial Porter from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
83 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.