Imperial Porter - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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4.08/5 rDev -2.9%
Virtually black, with trace clear deep crimson when held to light. Pitted, slowly dissipating dark tan head leaves muddled lace. Bittersweet chocolate, burnt black patent and roasty, raisiny dark caramel hit the nose concomitantly at first, then are ceded by mellow notes of molasses, caramelized prunes and edgy hints of ethanol. Understated citric hop tinge. Snap of sharp black malt bitterness in flavor widens into a bittersweet chocolate and caramel malt sweetness combination. Assertive hop bitterness emerges mid palate along with a subtle black currant like fruitiness, leaving an unripe berry impression. Chocolate malt character becomes dryish and akin to powered cocoa late. As the beer breathes, a hint of diacetyl emerges and adds a buttery complement to the permeating chocolate presence. A touch shy in body to support the rich, rounded malt character. Iced coffee like in mouthfeel. Hop bitterness diminishes late, allowing date like, fructose notes to add staple sweetness. Finishes polar, with residual sweetness and carbonaceous bitterness each perceived separately, much like bitter wort. A unique, robustly flavored porter. Darkly roasted malts are assertive, yet clean and devoid of astringency. A touch thinly bodied, but dangerously quaffable nonetheless. A sincere thanks to Jaybeerman for the bomber.
04-03-2003 20:00:25 | More by marc77
4/5 rDev -4.8%
Pours out with a fine tan head sitting over impressive opaque black liquid in the glass. Nose is of roasty malt and fruit with small amounts of alcohol...very inviting. Bitter, roasted barley is tasted, with decent hopping too, with an undercurrent of alcohol showing up as well. A little dark fruitiness shows up in the finish, which is potent and nicely bitter/dry. An interesting take on the robust Porter style.
Thanks to jaybeerman for the bottle!
03-22-2003 22:31:44 | More by beerluvr
3.98/5 rDev -5.2%
Bought this in the "bomber" brown glass of course says "Reserve 2003" on the label.
This beer pours a very very dark brown almost pitch black indeed..i can find no colour highlights when i raise the glass to the light..smallish tan head ..soon fades to a luscious lace down my glass. beautiful.
The aroma however is not too good..above average but Ive been drinking Polish Baltics the other night ..ah well ,smell some roasted malt..a little dark chocolate but nothing to get excited about.
Nice taste though the toasted malt hits you right away with some sweetness but this is quickly offset by a nice hop bitterness..some caramel flavours here..chocolatre..and butterscotch even..nice
Feels nice and creamy in the mouth as it should well done.
overall pretty drinkable beer..but i suppose I have spoiled myself with the real baltics earlier this week and last. But this brew is still worth a try.
03-11-2003 18:48:42 | More by Reidrover
4.35/5 rDev +3.6%
Presentation: 12 oz. brown long neck with a "enjoy by" date on the label.
Appearance: Ink black with a thick foamy and sticky tan lace.
Smell: Malty with hints of dark roasted coffee and ghost like woody and smoky aromas. Malted milk balls come to mind also, light alcoholic notes also
Taste: Large and robust with a medium to full body, crisp and flavourful. Brimming with flavours of dark unsweetened chocolate and lightly smoky charcoal from the dark malts. Enough hops to keep this brew lively and it even adds a faded woody character also. Iced espresso. The finish cleans up a tad though there is still a good amount of dark malt and residual sweetness in the end.
Notes: Complex and devastatingly flavourful. Not for the faint of heart ... a porter drinker's porter. Going for the old style porter ... with a new style flavour. Perfect for a raw winters night. 7.0% abv.
03-01-2002 15:07:40 | More by Jason
Imperial Porter from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
91 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.