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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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347 Ratings

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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 55
Gots: 17 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2003

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
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Ratings: 347 | Reviews: 282
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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.55/5  rDev -13%
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.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

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4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of robwestcott
3.92/5  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.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Thomas Hooker Imperial Porter from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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