Thomas Hooker Imperial Porter - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
04-01-2012 20:29:05 | More by HopHead84
4.05/5 rDev -1%
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.
02-08-2012 07:41:14 | More by Durge
4.18/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
01-20-2012 00:54:14 | More by Aiptasia
4.35/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
01-13-2012 23:06:48 | More by Stratocat0
3.93/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
12-31-2011 22:51:48 | More by robwestcott
4.05/5 rDev -1%
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.
12-31-2011 22:48:42 | More by cindyjeffsmith
3.28/5 rDev -19.8%
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.
12-22-2011 03:14:59 | More by seanwhite
3.79/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
12-01-2011 23:55:43 | More by chinchill
3.7/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
11-30-2011 01:44:46 | More by jslot38
Thomas Hooker Imperial Porter from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.