Raven Mad Imperial Porter - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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3.21/5 rDev -12.8%
Blackish brown, no head. Rim of beige lace some bead. Bit blah.
Coffee roast on the nose. Sweet caramel toffee and some spice blending maybe with some light herbal hoppy notes. Sweetish really, not bad.
Tastes a little weak upfront, with an under-cooked coffee note and some burnt toffee. Gets stronger darkness midway with a big oomph of roasty coffee and char. Finishes with a little vegetative note, kind of blandly bitter. OK for its flaws but nothing really great.
Surprisingly thin, little bit of carbonation fizz. Finishes OK.
A bit half-baked and not quite there in all the parts it should be.
07-18-2014 05:54:08 | More by laituegonflable
3.76/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
04-01-2013 04:22:31 | More by lacqueredmouse
Raven Mad Imperial Porter from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
83 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.