Thomas Hooker Imperial Porter - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev -2.2%
Snagged a bottle of this for 1.75 at the House of 1,000 beers.
A - Pours fairly black a touch thin with a 1/4 inch of mocha head that pulls back to a sticky lace ring. Seeing some floaties in the glass I assume it's a tad old.
S - Mild roast, touch of coffee, and really sweet milk chocolate. No detectable hops or chalky yeasts.
T - Really nice dark chocolate hit in the front, leading to some respectable roast/coffee, then fades out to a rather sweet finish of cocoa nibs. Tasty stuff.
M - Medium bodied, slightly chewy, easy to drink.
Overall a nice step up from the lager dopplebock. I would buy this again!
12-12-2012 03:55:23 | More by DrDemento456
3.9/5 rDev -4.6%
12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.
Appearance: The beer poured a dismal head with no head or thin layer of foam. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or visions of carbonation.
Smell: Roastiness, chocolate, dark fruits, smokiness, and some booze on the nose.
Taste: All of the above plus some vanilla and subtle bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, boozy, silkiness, full bodied, very little carbonation, and warming burn on your palate.
Overall: Solid porter. Minus the lack of head and carbonation, this beer is still good.
10-03-2012 06:46:36 | More by Flounder57
3.88/5 rDev -5.1%
Served in a chilled pint glass.
-Appearance 3.5: Poured out a gemy black color; slightly translucent. Very small, khaki head formed and dissipated into a filmy swirl.
-Smell 3.5: I smell a deep, toasted grain bouquet with barley highlights. The smell is thick and makes me think that the taste of the beer will be over the top as a result. We will see.
-Taste 4.0: Front is earthy and slightly tart with a cloying and subtle sweetness. Middle is a big barley kick, with some smoky grains in the background. Finish is slightly smoky, and has some residual sweetness and some more of the barley. Aftertaste is long, hoppy and smoky.
-Mouthfeel 4.0: Excellent carbonation. This brings out so many elements of the flavor profile. If only more brewers would learn this crucial component.
-Overall 4.0: Very good "Imperial" porter. It does have a few drawbacks, namely the fact that it is basically a "dubbel" porter and the taste certainly reflects this: a porter on steroids. Also, the alcohol content tends to sneak up on you and kick you in the shorts. Still, the brew certainly exceeded my expectations, and I would unreservedly recommend this beer.
09-06-2012 21:46:27 | More by BeerDocT
4.23/5 rDev +3.4%
Poured from undated bottle to mug the beer arrives a dark opaque brown with deep brown edges in the light, a nice 2 finger off-white/light mocha color head with good retention and lacing. The nose is a bled of roasted barley and caramel sweetness, hints of dark fruit, and perhaps a heat from the alcohol. The beer starts very much the same way with a smooth creamy malt roast after which the dark fruit and caramel warm the beer up a bit, finishes with a lingering roast. Mild bitterness and hides the alcohol well. Medium bodied and creamy, this is a good beer. Overall, a treat, very enjoyable.
04-24-2012 01:46:11 | More by hopfacebrew
3.48/5 rDev -14.9%
A: The beer is very dark amber—although not quite near black in color—and has some small particles visible floating in suspension. It poured with a thin than head that quickly died down and left lacing on the surface along with a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of cola and dark fruits in the nose—prunes and plums seem to stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of dark fruits, although as it warms up it becomes a little more complex with notes of dark malts and hints of balsamic vinegar.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: The alcohol is well hidden from the taste, but overall this beer doesn’t seem to fit the style with all of the fruity taste. It becomes a bit more drinkable as the beer warms up.
04-18-2012 00:58:58 | More by metter98
3.55/5 rDev -13.2%
A: Pours an opaque extremely dark brown to almost black in color with some hints of medium brown + dark red when held up to the light. There is some light amounts of sediment in the beer. The beer has a half finger tall beige head that quickly reduces to thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate lacing is observed.
S: The smell of this beer is interesting with some fairly strong hints of cola and balsamic vinegar. There is some definite dark fruit presence, mostly prune with a little bit of date.
T: Lots of flavors of dark fruit (prune and date) sweetness with some light hints of chocolate upfront. There is some bitterness in the mid-body of the taste, which is a little unusual. The finish is a little vinous, hints of balsamic vinegar.
M: Medium bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. Almost a little thin/watery.
O: The alcohol presence is well hidden in this beer but I am not a huge fan of the cola aroma and vinous notes. The beer is not overly enjoyable to me with a little too much balsamic vinegar.
04-15-2012 20:43:58 | More by dbrauneis
Thomas Hooker Imperial Porter from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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