12th Anniversary Imperial Porter | Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
New York, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerTruth on 06-03-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by WesWes:
Photo of WesWes
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich, roasted scent that is quite dry and earthy. There are hints of patent, chocolate, roasted malts. It's warm with a coffee-like aroma. The taste is decent. It has a very warm, alcohol filled flavor that goes down easy with some residual sweetness, but finishes dry with a coffee/patent malt feel. It has a bitter, earthy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good beer. It's got good malt character, but the warmth really stands out in the finish.

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Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I havent had any MA stuff in awhile I was happy to pick this at the growler fill station at Consumers in Orchard Park.Poured a deep deep dark but not quite black brown a some ruby highlights throught a thinner mocha colored head atop,aromas are somewhat burnt and very roasted with some bitter chocolate and juicy fruit.A real yeasty presence on the palate slightly spicey and very fruity to go with the big roasty flavors along with some molasses-like sweetness and that fruit and a tinge of smokiness again in the finish.I like the nuances of this "big" porter very fruity slightly smokey with just enough sweetness,a worthy Anniversary brew again from MA.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque ebony with a half-inch tan head. Trickles of stringy lace form on the glass.

Aroma is big juicy dark berries, milk chocolate, roasted grain. Nice, and opens up well with warming.

There's a citrusy bitterness here, while not quite hoppy...but the coffee and baking chocolate overtones set the stage. Flavor is dry, though the finish rides out in a stealthy layer of husky nut/espresso.

Surprisingly medium-high carbonation, considering the style and especially considering this was tapped into a growler two days before tasting. A smoother, milkier body probably would've worked better.

Good drinkability...the alcohol is remarkably well-hidden. The 9% hardly shows, masked probably by the prevailing roasted and sweet characteristics, and its dryness. I know it's like comparing apples to oranges, but I probably would've rather had a Baltic-style porter. It's good and grew on me over time.

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Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. Middle Ages is not as of yet lacking by the departure of Tim Burton the number 2 brewmaster. This is a great porter. Full mouthfeel, with a porter slightly burnt taste, followed in the finish of coffee and chocolate. Smooth. The aroma is mollasses licorice. Dark with some white head. This is aimed at the new-at-taps crowd and won't be bottled. If you can find it, run.

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Photo of TheBCrew
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass, this beer appears to be a deep black with thick, foamy, tan head. Very slight lacing. Held up to light, deep amber/mahogany hues can be seen. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, molasses and roasted barley. Dry crisp flavor with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Oily finish makes this a very drinkable beer. Spoke with brewmaster Marc who says they'll be bottling this beer in 22 oz. bombers as soon as they get the label finalized - sounds like it may be popular enough to become a year-round brew (one can only hope!). This is what happened with their 10th anniversary beer - became their permanent DIPA. The 11th anniversary brew - double wheat - was apparently not popular enough to have sustained production.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz growler poured into several pint glasses over the course of the night

A - Poured a very dark brown, almost opaque black with a large three finger high head of tan lace covering the top of it. Very nice retention left behind loads of side glass lace.

S - Aroma was full fo deep rich roasted malts. Lots of earthy tones with a really nice caramel hint in there. Some touches of chocolate in the back as well.

T- The flavor was very full. Lots of rich creamy chocolate notes with hints of caramel and grassy earthy notes. very big flavor with a really nice dry hoppy finish,

M - Very smooth creamy feel. This was definitly a big bodied ale no doubt about that. Very creamy and smooth with more then adequate carbonation.

D - This was something that was to be drank all night. I must have had three or four glasses off the growler and the alcohol was so well hidden I did not even know it was there. Really and excellenet drinker.

Overall I thought this was very good. Somethign that I could easily drink all night long and really thought it was easily one of the best porters I have had. I would love to get this again but was glad to just have the growler to share.

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Photo of Amalak
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At Mugs Ale House on Bedford Ave. in Brooklyn they had a tasting with a cask of this brew. It poured a dark brown, nearly opaque. Excellent tan head with a good amount of lace. Malty scent to it.

There was a mix of vanilla and chocolate aftertaste. Very smooth and creamy, good well-balanced porter.

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Photo of rohrbachsfan
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep opaque brown, dark tan foamy head. Lacing left on pint glass when finished.

Smell: Roasted malts, wine, and espresso.

Taste: Strong roasted malt, strong espresso and a winey/alcohol flavor. Slightly stronger hops bitterness than other porters.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Medium carbonation. Finishes dry.

Drinkability: Very good porter. High alcohol content makes this a good sipping beer.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quick thoughts on this newer offering from Middle Ages

* Jet black, no light dares pass through.
* Very little amount of head; what is there is light brown
* Smells of light coffee and mildly roasted malt
* The taste is bitter, dark and roasted; typical coffee/porter taste.
* There is a sweet cocoa/mocha flavor at the end
* Really very toasted and burnt
* Hints of dark chocolate
* Feels dry but also finishes smooth; it's a bit chalky at times
* There is a nice balance of bitter and smooth/rich
* Cocoa and caramel
* It tastes very good, but it's dryness and harsh bitterness might prevent repeats.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the brewery.

This beer was very black, thought it was a stout at first. Alot of head, about a finger of it lasted.

Smelled like coffee and chocolate, a bit sweet and bitter.

Taste was good, with more of the chocolate, grain, smooth but dry with a bit of a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel was very carbonated, not as much as Middle Ages bitter, but the excess carbonation is better handled here, blends the beer a bit more.

Drinkability is high. I'd like to have gotten this in a growler or some such but at that given point in time I was only able to get it on tap.

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Photo of number1bum
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally picked up a growler of this at the brewery today. Pours a very deep chestnut brown, nearly black but not quite, and definitely different from a stout because it's somewhat translucent. Nice dark khaki head builds to fill the glass and then recedes to a thin lace; little bit of stick but not a whole lot. Really nice looking brew.

Smell is super malty with some dark chocolate, coffee and roasted notes, as well as some dark fruits like maybe cherry and prune. There's a floral hop aroma, as well, and overall the smell is complex and appealing. I wish it were a tad bit more robust, though.

Taste is not as robust as the smell indicated it might be, but many of the same flavors are there as the aromas suggest. Bittersweet dark chocolate, some caramel sweetness, a bit of coffee, some dark fruits. Like a porter should be it has just a hint of tart sourness to go along with all that tasty malt flavor. Finishes with some significant bitterness and some roasted malt flavor, but becomes more sour as it warms.

Mouthfeel is really deceptive for a 9% brew, as it doesn't drink that strong. It's lighter bodied than expected, and I think I'd prefer a fuller body. It's medium bodied as is, and it makes it scary drinkable for its potency.

This is a tasty, pretty darned good brew. I really hope they bottle this because it'd be nice to see how the flavor rounds out with some age.

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Photo of jackorain
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the brewery. My buddy from work was up in Syracuse for work. He swung by and picked me up this growler, along with a couple bombers of the 10th and one of 11th.

Growler was filled on Wednesday, I cracked it Sunday evening.

A-Poured into Duvel Tulip glass. Nearly pitch black, no light gets through. Long lasting tan head. Once it does recede it falls to a thin coat and a nice collar. A nice lace is left by the receding head.

S-roasted malt, charcoal, alcohol ester, some dried fruit or candied dried fruit for thet matter. . Not a big aroma here though

T-Roasted malt, a little chocolate up front, smokey, alcohol esters. That charcoal from nose is here too. It is also a little earthy. Some hops show up but definitely do not overpower. The moderate bitterness seems to be from the roasted barley alone. A little sour as expected from a porter. Sourness intensifies as it warms.

M-Medium-to-full body. Tingly carbonation but also creamy. A sticky residue is left on the lips.

D-Not too bad, I could pour a few from this growler. However, I obviously could not finish it myself at 9%

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Photo of markgugs
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap in a tulip snifter at Hop Devil Grill's "Daze of the Devil" festival, 1/19/08

A: As served, this beer is a roasty dark brown. Light does not go where this beer's soul lies! A nice ample 2-finger beige head weighs in, and slowly dissipates over time, leaving a moderate amount of nice, sticky lacing.

S: I was a bit taken back by how richly chocolate this beer smelt; I expected the almost burnt roasted aromas, but not the chocolate! A nice oaked character present as well.

T/M: Big alcohol bite up front, quickly warms and gives way that roasted cocoa flavoring and a syrupy cherry-like finish. Alcohol remains present, but tight carbonation and smooth, velvety feel help make this an easy-drinker.

D: Very easy to drink, especially after one's palate adjusts to the slight booziness. 9% though, so not a session beer. Quite good, seek this one out.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to BeerTruth for the growler of 12th, pulled directly off the tap at the brewery.

Served in a standard pint glass.

A - very dark brown color with a tan head of foamy bubbles that settled to a layer, leaving good bits of lacing.

S - roasted malt and a sweetness of figs or dates are in the aroma.

T - rich, roasted flavor with a slight sweetness to start before being hit with a bitter espresso coffee taste on the finish. Well balanced brew.

M - medium/full bodied with a mildly clean carbonation feel.

D - well hidden abv makes this very easy to drink.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My 100th review, quite honored to be the first to review Middle Ages 12th Anniversary brew. Picked this up at the brewery the day it was released, June 1st, 2007.

Poured it into my trusty Davidson Bros. nonic.

Pours a thick black that is completely opaque with a nice two finger fluffy tan head that dies down to thin layer that stays throughout. Lacing is good, quite sticky entire tasting. Smell is a very nice choclately espresso malt goodness. Has a good bready scent as well. Only problem is the smell isn't very powerful, a bit dull. Taste is almost like an oatmeal stout. Pretty damn sweet with a nice toasted nut flavor. So creamy, rich, and smooth, I really like how this one goes down. Mouthfeel is full bodied with minimal carbonation. I really don't smell or taste alcohol in this at all, not sure where the 9% abv comes in to this but I'm not complaining! Hopefully they end up bottling this one which I'm sure they will. I really like what Middle Ages has done with this style. Definitely sample this or pick it up at the brewery if you're in the Syracuse area.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque with a full finger light tan head that fades quickly. Little lacing observed.

The smell of this style tends to be relatively timid... this one is deeply roasted milky porter power (sniff of alcohol).

Really needs to be enjoyed at a warmer temperature. Medium bodied, the mouth feel has a tingle of adequate carbonation yet is otherwise uniform.

The flavor a the smell are similar. Primarily smoky and roasted.

Drinkability - The 9.0% ABV is hidden beneath the roast character but will certainly kick butt...careful, those are real ABVs in there!

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Mahar's

A: Poured jet black with a finger of mocha head. Decent amount of lacing from the top to the bottom.

S: The nose was kind of lacking on this beer. The cask conditioning did not help. Some roast and some chocolate.

T: Really big taste. Hints of chocolate and roast. Coffee is in there as well. The tastes all sort of blended together to make an interesting porter.

M: Nice thick mouthfeel. Good amount of carbonation for cask.

D: Another great cask beer from MA. Really enjoyable but the thickness and boldness of tastes really do not let you have more than one. Hopefully Mahar's will continue to have this during the remainder of the winter.

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Photo of drseamus
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on cask at Mahar's. It is a pretty good beer. Jet black body with a decent head for cask beer. There is a ton of coffee and chocolate in both the aroma and flavor. Very smooth beer. It has medium body initially but finishes a bit on the thin side. Not a bad showing but no where near as good as their 10th anniversary.

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Photo of brightcourse
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%

12th Anniversary Imperial Porter from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
3.89 out of 5 based on 19 ratings.
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