Thomas Hooker Imperial Porter - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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4.45/5 rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
on tap at Eli Cannons for a Thomas Hooker Tasting 1/23/07
A - as dark as i'd expect, nay - hope, a quality porter to be, with only the faintest of a light tan head, and of course too dark to note carbonation
S - the nose is dominated by roasted malts and nutty flavors, but these are any roasted malts, these may be the best malt aromas i have ever inhaled, sweet and smoky, with a nutty tone, i mean we're talking epic levels here, and they dont betray the hoppy subtlety that they bely
T - the taste is magnificently complex, biter coffee and bittersweet malts with that underlying hoppiness poking through and showing its delicious head
M&D - as smooth as can be, this beer is very easy down and full flavored and full bodied, what an incredible brew. if youve never had a Thomas Hooker beer, any of them, beermail me or some other Ct.'er and trade. its worth it
Serving type: on-tap
01-24-2007 13:27:54 | More by sinstaineddemon
4.5/5 rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Got the '04 and '05 versions of this in a trade with cooperrip, so thanks go out to him. I've been wanting to try the THIP for awhile.
This review is for the '05:
Beats the '04 on appearance by virtue of being more sensibly carbonated.
Whoa, smells way hoppier than the '04, now that's what I'm talking about. No traces of the mustiness, caramel, or dark fruits from the '04. Also tastes hoppier, and just bigger in general. The hops and roastedness are both more in your face, and the chocolate flavor is huge, beating away the boring caramel and dark fruit flavors.
Taste is really a 4.75, it's better than a 4.5 but just not quite all the way there. It could be just a tiny bit bigger.
The alcohol is still hidden remarkably well.
This is a hell of a beer.
Serving type: growler
01-12-2006 04:37:45 | More by battlekow
4.25/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at Eli Cannon's. Big frothy tanish head poking over the top of the glass with a dark brownish to a black colored body sitting below.
Dark roasted coffee, a hint of dark chocolate, malty, big and heavy aromas come from this beer.
This beer is explosive tasting. Heavy roasted malts, burnt coffee, bitter hoppiness trailing each sip. Reminds me of burnt coffee beans wrapped in bitter sweet dark chocolate that runs and hides from the big hoppy finish that comes as it goes down. Alcohol character is definately present and leaves some warming.
The finish is fairly dry and leaves alot of flavor on your tongue. I enjoyed this brew very much and cant wait to go back for another.
Serving type: on-tap
11-13-2005 04:40:10 | More by Matthew
4.85/5 rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
While trying to fend off the Thanksgiving tryptophan fugue at Eli Cannon's, Casey informed us that they were tapping the new Thomas Hooker Imperial Porter, and asked us if we wanted to try it.
Hell yes, brother.
The beer arrived in a pint glass looking inky black, topped with a dollop of greyish beige head. The head dies out completely about 3/4 of the way through, which is perhaps my only complaint about this beer. It's really not that big a deal though.
The aroma is very much an authentic baltic porter, except that it's fresh, with much more complexity to the malt. The depth of the aroma is really amazing. Very clean, with loads of roasted maltiness exhibiting coffee and sugary caramel, with a bit of dark chocolate. A very interesting suggestion of blackberry is apparent, coming through more as a blend of malt aroma than a distinct berry. Subtle earthy (german?) hops ride beneath the malt, providing just enough for balance. The aroma really blooms as the beer warms, definitely let it sit and breathe for a while before sampling, if it's too cold.
The beer is so amazingly smooth. Very full bodied, with a velvety texture to the carbonation. It brought back memories of this awful velour shirt I used to wear every day as a kid, until Mom convinced me to give it up. I loved that shirt, because it was so soft and comfortable. Anyways, the sip starts out with a powerful, yet refined roasted maltiness. Sweet, though not cloying in the least. The carbonation is almost microscopic, just a tingling sensation on your tongue. Loads of black coffee and caramel flavors, with some baker's chocolate towards the middle. Very complex and very clean. A faint blackberry fruitiness comes through in the middle, complimenting and accenting both the coffee and chocolate flavor. It doesn't hurt the caramel, either. A light herbal, earthy hopping punctuates the beer in the finish, just enough to provide balance. Very little hop bitterness. Most of the bitterness is up front, from the dark roasted malt. Any alcohol is completely hidden, save for a light warmth in the swallow. The aftertaste disappears quickly, although a faint coffee maltiness lingers on the back of your tongue. Exceptional.
This is perhaps one of the very few beers that's better than the original. This porter exceeded my high expectations, and then some. I'll be hoarding this stuff for the rest of the year.
Serving type: on-tap
12-04-2003 06:00:55 | More by UnionMade
4.4/5 rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Served on tap at Eli Cannon's tonight, in a nice full pint glass for the bargain price of $3.50. I was very happy to see this on tap as I've been dying to try it. Now I want more...the Hooker Imperial Porter arrived in my glass a deep midnight black, with just traces of dark tan foam on top, moderate carbonation. A fresh hop aroma greets you at first then is overtaken by strong scents of coffee and roastiness. Taste is very much coffee-is and roasty at first, then some nice hop bitterness comes in to complement the roasted malt. Becomes sweeter toward the end with hints of raisin and just a bit of nice alcohol warmth. Quite smooth and drinkable for a big porter....excellent brew from Troutbrook.
Serving type: on-tap
11-30-2003 02:32:40 | More by mikeys01
Thomas Hooker Imperial Porter from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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