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Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial PorterBourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Porter

Brewed by:
Central City Brewers + Distillers
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Imperial Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in Maker's Mark bourbon barrels.

Added by DaftCaskBC on 09-28-2011

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Ratings: 50 |  Reviews: 21
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Photo of dandaugherty1221
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of R_Kole
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BCborn
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, day 20 of the Parallel 49/Central City Mystery Gift Holiday Countdown.

This beer pours a brown-tinged black, with murky basal cola edges, and a teeming tower of puffy, frothy, and tightly foamy beige head, which leaves a broad array of chunky and sudsy bike chain lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of sour black fruit (cherries and prunes, mostly), acrid whiskey barrel - more wood than any liquor or caramel/vanilla perceived sweetness - Nordic anise, chalky dark cocoa, gritty pale and charred caramel malt, and hard to discern earthy, leafy hops. The taste is semi-sweet toasty caramel malt, wet dark bread, bittersweet chocolate, stale dime-store licorice, a much-lessened barrel-borne woodiness, a suggestion of rye whiskey booziness, still sort of tart 'n muddled orchard fruit, and a trying to push through the mire earthy, weedy hoppiness (60 IBUs, people!).

The carbonation is adequate, given its initial outburst sequence, and generally supportive in its frothiness, the body on the light side of medium weight, an effect I blame squarely on the barrel, and sort of smooth, the alcohol and a minor overall pithiness taking their few ounces of flesh. It finishes off-dry, sure, the bready caramel malt and middling chocolate esters holding fast, but a certain sour yeastiness always seems poised

Yeah, given the spurious bubbles action, and unnecessary sour characters, what we very well may have here is a touch 'o the infection - one that goes beyond the disease we beer aficionados are currently suffering through (alas, we). Oh well, this offering seems to have the chutzpah to endure such an ailment, and I'm not one to shirk giving credit where it is due, so, I guess, whatever didn't kill this brew, somehow makes it, um, stronger?

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Photo of louis3
4.72/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very dark brown, opaque, rim highlight unknown by persistent foam.

Very aromatic of oxidized (bottom of bourbon bottle) bourbon, hops and fragant malt and chocolate.

Medium mouth feel. fine carbonation, lingering coating of chocolate.

Fairly dry, slighty sour, and hopped for adequate bitterness with a hop flavour similar to their ipa but not so prominent. An oxidized flat note on the finish with lingering chocolate (real, not cocoa powder). Some sediment at the bottom of the last pour, perhaps sawdust. The empty glass with its sticky coating has a wonderful aroma.

This is not a beer which can be appreciated by a single tasting, the tasting needs practice. Buy a case if you can.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Not my favourite style, which is why I didn't get around to opening it until today. I think it's been in my fridge since about November.

A: So much head it kind of looks like an ice cream float. Opaque medium-dark brown.
S: Booze and plum.
T: Bourbon, chocolate, raisin.
F: Overly carbonated. Lively!

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boozecamel
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of itracy63
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.61/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A - Massive over-carbonation on the pour. The glass was over 2/3 head on the pour. Had to scoop it out with a spoon two times to get a decent amount of beer in the glass. Poured dark brown eventually.

S - The nose is heavy char, oak, roast and light chocolate.

T - Palate is over-roasted malts and heavy char. Lighter bourbon and vanilla notes from the barrel and some chocolate. Tastes like burnt chocolate with a heavy dose of oak. The flavours don't come together at all here and the massive carbonation doesn't help.

M - Medium body. Extremely high carbonation, especially for the style.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Firestone Walker snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass, with a fine two finger khaki head with great retention and lots of lacing. Looks good. Aroma of dark toasted malt, nice bourbon, mild dark dried fruit and chocolate. Flavor starts with light toasted malt and a bit of booziness, but slowly builds a very nice smoky, bourbon tinged, toasted malt flavor with chocolate and dark dried fruit, finishing smoky and toasty with a pleasant hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied, suprisingly light for the depth of flavor and complexity. A sneaky, but well made barrel aged porter. The flavor progression from mild porter to full, smoky stout level malt is appealing and satisfying. The bourbon is not strong, but adds a clear whiskey barrel note that fits well. Although there is a bit of alcohol burn at first, overall the ABV is well covered with lots of flavor to keep the taste focused. I liked this quite a bit.

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass, and some lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of bourbon are present in the nose, but these are more in the line of toasted coconuts with notes of dark fruits—cherries seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is a near mirror image to the smell and is dominated by flavors of bourbon from the barrel aging, mostly having flavors of toasted coconuts. Slight hints of alcohol are also perceptible.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The bourbon in this barrel aged beer is quite unlike any of those that I've had before—instead of the normal vanilla and oaky flavors there are flavors of dark fruits and coconuts.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of DrewShalvoy
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LampertLand
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Central City 'Imperial Porter' @ 9.0% (Bourbon Barrel Aged) served from a single 330 ml bottle purchased for $4.75
A-pour is a light cola brown from the bottle to a almost black in the glass with a big tan head leaving a streaky lace along the snifter after every sip
T-bourbon , a big tasting porter
MF-lots of carbonation , big full body
Ov-ok beer , glad I got to try it & not the whole calendar ,
thanxs Spinnakers Merchant West for selling single beers
prost LampertLand

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Photo of Svingjo
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WanderingFool
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Derek
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly balanced and easy drinking. Nice flavour, but not a lot of aroma and it's really over carbonated.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of maniaczak
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fizzyted
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of flagmantho
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 220z bomber into a dimpled mug. This is the 9% version.

Appearance: rich, deep-dark brown with plenty of haze and two thick fingers of pillowy tan foam that stick around exceptionally long. There's a nice lace left on the glass as well, but this head retention is stellar for the style.

Smell: well, it's woody and bourbony. Not bad, but the wood and bourbon outshine any of the classic porter elements. It's still pretty good, but I would have liked either more strength to the porter or a little more restraint on the bourbon.

Taste: big and strong bourbon flavor with a lot of piquant oak. The finish has a nice roasty element with a little coffee character to prove that it's a porter, but here it's mostly about wood, vanilla and bourbon. So, good, but it could be more porter-y and nuanced.

Mouthfeel: medium body with an absolute mega carbonation. This may not be to everyone's taste, but I like the creaminess it brings out even though this style does not strictly need it.

Overall: good, but a bit too one-dimensional with the wood and booze.

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Photo of Kmat10
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Erik-P
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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