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Thomas Hooker Imperial Porter - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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Thomas Hooker Imperial PorterThomas Hooker Imperial Porter

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341 Ratings

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Ratings: 341
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 54
Gots: 14 | 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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Photo of dbrauneis
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

dbrauneis, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of mrskunk
4/5  rDev -2.2%

mrskunk, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of C63AMG
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

C63AMG, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


1 liter swing top into a snifter. 2003 vintage. Thanks!

A: Deep brown with a reddish tinge near the edges when held to light. The beige head quickly fades.

S: Date blends with prune and grape. There's a light smokiness with leather and dried fruits. Dark chocolate meets a light nuttiness. Oxidation is smooth and does the beer credit. There's a whisper of licorice.

T: Leathery with light oxidation that's not at all detrimental. Dark fruits are pronounced, reminiscent of grape and prune. Chocolate is mellow and lightly sweet. I get a little molasses with an accompanying smooth and gentle roasted malt profile.

M: Upper medium body with matching carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and smooth.

Overall: Really impressive for a 9 year old Imperial Porter. Very enjoyable.

HopHead84, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of muskiesman
4/5  rDev -2.2%

muskiesman, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of Sailracer
2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

Sailracer, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of dtx00
5/5  rDev +22.2%

dtx00, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of thebouch01
4.5/5  rDev +10%

thebouch01, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of jfcaa193
4.5/5  rDev +10%

jfcaa193, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Durge
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found at Backstage in Torrington, CT this one's a pitch black color with a decent light chocolate colored head and good lacing. The nose picks up a smokey, chocolate, firm and enticing. The flavor nicely mirrors the aroma with more of the charcoal theme. No interesting nuances really just solid, standard stuff. This is a medium-plus bodied porter with a slightly resinous, velvetty feel. Very pleasant stuff with solid, though pretty typical, porter flavor. Wish it was something a little more unique, but most improtantly, it’s a very good porter. It never quite struck me as an imperial version with little suggestion of alcohol or magnified flavors, but no complaints here.

Durge, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of moeamaya
4.5/5  rDev +10%

moeamaya, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Aiptasia
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After drinking a highly praised, yet under-appreciated soy bomb that was Ten Fiddy, I cracked open this beer sent to me by Robtobfest and poured it into the pint du jour.

It pours a nice burnt umber color reminiscent of sasparilla. When held towards the ceiling lamp my 8 month old refers to as "sky boob," it radiates a dookey red crystal clear color. The head was most impressive, like a gentle noble warrior prom night teen girl's cream dream. I look, I want. I lust.

The smell is subtle and teasing, like a good porter should be. It barely hints at malt and some grassy notes. That's all you get, because you've been bad and you don't deserve this beer.

The taste is like the first wet kiss on the end of a hot fist. I lie, it's a pleasant homeostasis of warming wet hops love and alcoholically dry sweet malts. I need a new thesaurus for the word subtle. Whereas the world flops in clown shoes towards Imperial Porters, there's a real growing appreciation from this roller skate for the complex and delicious porter. Bravo.

Aiptasia, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

acurtis, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Stratocat0
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boy does this one jump up at ya. Smells and looks absolutely fantastic. Very dark, wicked roasty chocolate smell. Nice head with great lace. Thick and creamy roasted coffee with a bit of chocolate and molasses. Ends with a warm alcohol taste, then throws more roasted coffee at ya. Very good beer.

Stratocat0, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Turbodog666
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Turbodog666, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of robwestcott
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to wisonsinality for this one.

poured cold from the bottle root beer dark brown to a dogfish head signature glass with a 1/2 finger, short lasting tan head leaving spotty lace up the side of the glass after each sip

aroma of coffee and licorice

big molasses and brown sugar up front, also hints of bourbon and vanilla. not getting coffee on this one. interesting

medium bodied, smooth and creamy, super sweet, medium carbonation. heat.

overall: unique take on the style, very good beer. my introduction to thomas hooker.

robwestcott, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Dark red brown. Not opaque but you're not seein much through this guy.
smell: Wow. Rich and big. Approaches a barrel aged stout in expanse. Cola, dark fruit and chocolate.
taste: A bit of letdown from the nose but not much. A little bittersweet chocolate but mostly dry ending in a nice Porter bitterness.
mouthfeel: A bit thin for a Porter much less and imp porter.
overall: Very nice. I'd love to try the oak aged version.

cindyjeffsmith, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev -2.2%

whartontallboy, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of seanwhite
3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smell: Strong, malty smell with some roasted and burnt aromas, and drops of chocolate and coffee

A: This one pours a dark brown color with a small light brown head

T: The taste is similar to the nose, malty and roast, light-medium sweet, hints of earth on finish. Light-medium bodied (lighter then expected for the style),

M: Creamy mouthfeel, and no burn

Overall Impression: Overall, I thought this was a decent Imperial Porter, but it just didn’t quite hit for me. There was something a little lacking, maybe a little thin, about it in both flavor and body, that kept the score from being higher.

seanwhite, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of eristicrat
4/5  rDev -2.2%

eristicrat, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of rab53
2/5  rDev -51.1%

rab53, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

jophish17, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz undated bottle from a recently purchased 4 pk. (~$10).

Appearance: Nothing unexpected: a murky, dark brown body with a small beige head. Head quickly reduces; there's a lasting ring and small bits of lace on the glass. Some sediment in the bottom of the bottle (added).

Smell: Roasted malt with dark fruit, including prunes, and hints of roasted nuts. Some notes of baked bread and earthy hops.
Alcohol appears upon warming.

Taste: Bold taste (and higher ABV) lives up to the "Imperial Porter" labeling. Too boozy, with the higher ABV not hidden at all. Rich flavor of roasted malts with notes of cocoa and dark fruits, yet not with much sweetness. Earthy and lightly spicy hops are present, as well as some coffee taste. Roasty, fruity and mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Has a very slight bite.

Overall: a strong Imperial Porter with an aroma that is better than the flavor.

chinchill, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of jslot38
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to DFH pint glass.
Appearance: Near black, bit of brown hints on the sides. Head is almost pure white, barely top covering.

Smell: Very intense, roasted malt, bread, raisins, chocolate, coffee, molasses, brown sugar.

Taste: Interesting fruit flavor not found in many porters. The fruit character reminds me of Thomas Hooker's outstanding doppel bock. Makes me think the fruit overtones are from the yeast. Mixed in is biscuit, sourdough bread, some chocolate. Has a sweetness I also wasn't expecting.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, low level of carbonation.

Overall: I'm not sure what to think of this beer. The aroma is great, the taste is just odd and makes me go back and forth. In the end while its not exactly what I'm looking forward to in a porter, its still a nice flavor.

jslot38, Nov 30, 2011
Thomas Hooker Imperial Porter from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 341 ratings.