Raven Mad Imperial Porter - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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4/5 rDev +8.7%
Had this awhile ago, but have managed to put off logging this review. A partially barrel aged beer that is $6/bomber. That's a rarity these days. Pretty balanced Porter. Coffee, milk chocolate, toasted wood, and burnt sugar. Even bitterness with a coarse earthy hop flavor. Well integrated and subtle barrel character. Don't expect a big, aggressive wood-aged beer and you won't be disappointed. Just a slightly bigger solid American Porter. A solid value.
08-21-2012 16:43:51 | More by bump8628
3.48/5 rDev -5.4%
Tasted 13 August 2012, reviewed from notes.
Pours effectively black, with a faint hint of brown at the very edges. One finger of dense medium-brown head, quite dark. Good retention and solid lacing. Good stuff.
Smells like an oaky porter. I don’t get much whiskey, and I’m okay with that. Very roasty, dark chocolate with a touch of char.
Taste is good, but a little funny. I still don’t get much whiskey in it, which surprises me. Starts out with cocoa (unsweetened), then goes into a deep char, then relaxes into a soft bitterness. It’s very three-part, with pronounced transitions between those segments. I’d like them all better if they blended into one. As it is, it feels fragmented and jolty. Smooths out as it warms up, but also becomes a bit hollow.
Mouthfeel is fine, though it’s light-bodied for an “imperial porter”. Medium-low carbonation. Not bad, not great.
An interesting beer. I really can’t find much influence of the barrels. Fine and dandy, but not more.
08-17-2012 06:12:10 | More by zeledonia
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.
06-05-2012 02:05:00 | More by Bfarr
3.53/5 rDev -4.1%
Picked up a bomber from Total Wine in early January for $5.49. Received at Total Wine in mid December.
Beee poured dark brown with a nice tan head that is leaving lacing behind.
Nose is slight roast, northwest hops, hint of mocha.
Taste is somewhat roasty, a little sweet from the malt base, a hint of sour mash and hint of vanilla from the barrels.
Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and somewhat thin.
Overall not a bad beer but nothing special.
05-12-2012 01:32:10 | More by arizcards
3.78/5 rDev +2.7%
Another bomber from scotchboy. Pretty exciting.
A: pours dark black with moderate carbonation. 3/4" tan head that recedes slowly.
S: Nice smokey dark malts with that woody oak spiral aroma. Not too much in the way of whiskey but oak is very apparent here. Chocolate malt with some very light earthy hops.
T: Good roasted malts, cocoa, chocolate. I get all the blending they do in this, it's a nice combination of barreled porter and stout. Woody earthy oak is the main barrel component, don't come into this expecting whiskey. Ashy, bitter, and Smokey notes.
M: Nice solid body here, it's real creamy. Drinks smooth.
O: Good go-to porter if you get it in your area. I know the price is right on this one. Easy drinking enough for any time. They might as well not put whiskey aged on the bottle though.
04-14-2012 23:07:24 | More by schwaeh
3.78/5 rDev +2.7%
22oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a deep brown w/ a 1-finger mocha head. Vigorous carbonation visible along the side of the glass, continuously sustaining a nice foamy ring.
Aroma is roasted, slightly burnt malt, chocolate, dark fruit, and oily nuts.
Taste is dark roasted malt, dark fruit, and a hint of sour cherries.
Moutheel is creamy and smooth.
Overall this is a pretty good porter. Some of the aromas and flavors aren't that well defined or distinct, but I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.
04-13-2012 05:50:30 | More by draheim
2.9/5 rDev -21.2%
Well this is possible one of the cheapest barrel aged brews I've come across, @ 2.99 for a bomber, I couldn't resist trying it out. The pour is slightly thin for the style, minimal head forms, just a thin collar remains. Some spotty lacing. The aroma features some mellow cocoa along with light vanilla accents. Not really picking up much in the way of oak. The taste starts the way the beer smells...mellow vanilla and cocoa. There isn't much depth. Things take a turn to the sweet and sloppy with some unpleasant astringency. For a relatively light imperial porter, this tastes somewhat harsh. The mouthfeel is thin and prickly. Well the age old saying of "you get what you paid for" applies in this case. While its not bad or offensive by any means, this beer is not well balanced and the barrel aging seems barely present. I often cringe when I plunk down big bucks for the high rated bourbon stouts, but I must say that the extra dollars show up in this quality. I wouldn't buy this again, even at its low price.
03-30-2012 05:11:31 | More by homebrew311
3.38/5 rDev -8.2%
bomber into standard pint.
A: Dark and opaque with deep amber highlights. One finger mocha head that dissipated quickly into nothing and leaves no lacing.
S: Sweet and woody with chocolate malt. Not much hops on the nose.
T: Light hops at first that carries through the whole time, a good bitterness. Dark malt and charred wood. Slightly fruity like dried dark fruits. Very small whiskey presence. A little alcohol warmth on the finish but not much.
M: medium bodied and smooth, goes down easy.
O: Good amount of wood and smoke in it from the barrels and chips. Not a bad brew, I would drink it again.
03-25-2012 20:37:57 | More by N3rdM3t4l
3.93/5 rDev +6.8%
22 ounce bottle - $6.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a black, inky-looking body with an inch of tan-hued foam.
Smell: Dark chocolate enveloped roasted malt joining a vigorous, vinous fruit aroma atop subtle tannic hints of oak barrel.
Taste: Starts off with a sweet, smooth roastiness introducing dark chocolate and a lively blend of fruits: raisins, plums, and sourish dark cherry. There's a gentle charred oak character, though never much in the way of a bourbon flavor. Earthy, vaguely spicy hops with a balancing medium-low bitterness. Semi-dry, fruity, faintly roasty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: I actually found it to be rather likable and quaffable.
03-12-2012 18:05:52 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.63/5 rDev -1.4%
On tap at the Green Dragon
A: Looks like an Russian Imp Stout except a tad lighter on the head. Opaque black.
S: Smells of espresso and molasses.
T: Bitter on the tongue, slighlty unusual from what I expect from a Imp Porter. Not very complex, strong booze, coffee and not much else.
M: Perfect carbonation but as I said bitter on the tongue shocking the tastebuds disguising any complexities this beer might have had.
O: Not a complete failure, might even try on a different occasion. But I must admit I'm not a huge fan of any of Bridgeport's offerings. I wish I were but they just don't tickle my fancy. Try it, not a failure, just not epic.
03-07-2012 05:56:11 | More by caryt
Raven Mad Imperial Porter from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
83 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.