Thomas Hooker Imperial Porter - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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Thomas Hooker Imperial PorterThomas Hooker Imperial Porter

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

345 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 345
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 56
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Full bodied and rich color, our imperial porter has hints of roasted coffee, cocoa with a generous hop finish. Dark roasted malts blended with the crispness of English hops, this beer is smooth yet complex.

65 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2003)
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of ummswimmin
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I poured this bottle into my tulip glass. There was very minimal head on the initial pour. This is a pretty dark beer. You can get some light through this one, but not much. The coloring is borderline stout... I know the dividing line is more than that. Guiness still has to figure that out.

I like the smell coming off of this one. There is a clean coffee smell with quite a bit of roastiness. It really works well when you breathe it in. The flavor is almost all coffee. It plays well across your pallatte. I think this made for a very good sipper.

I recommend picking this one up. I think it is a very good example for a porter.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Flounder57
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Thomas Hooker Imperial Porter from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.