Imperial Porter | Central City Brewers + Distillers

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Imperial PorterImperial Porter

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Central City Brewers + Distillers
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Derek on 05-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 49
Reviews by woemad:
Photo of woemad
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle purchased at Mid Columbia Wine & Spirits in Kennewick, WA, for under $6 (right now I’m too lazy to hunt for the receipt). I picked this up on my way home from camping in the Umatilla Mountains. I have not yet seen this in my neck of the woods, but hopefully that will change, as Red Betty (or whatever it’s called in the U.S.) has been turning up in various places locally.

Poured into a shaker glass, this was a mahogany-ish color that took on a more ruby-like hue when held up to direct light. There was an inch or so of tan, bubbly foam that left lots of lace.

Initially, this smelled of molasses and booze. As it warmed up, things became more complex, with elements of dark fruits and smoke.

A little more bitter than the nose lets on, but it’s nowhere near to be to an objectionable degree. The bitterness, along with some dark fruit flavors, balances the mollassesy notes, with tobacco and whiskey hovering in the background. Although there’s a little alcohol heat, it’s more restrained than the initial sniff led me to expect. Moderate, dry hoppy zap to the palate at the swallow.

Relatively full bodied, with a sticky, coating mouthfeel.

This could pass as a mellow Imperial Stout. It doesn’t have the hops or bitterness in the strength associated with the great ones of that style, but there’s more similarities than differences. Very tasty. I hope this becomes available in Spokane, as I could see having this after dinner or as a nightcap. Incidentally, I noticed on the label that CC also claims to be a distillery, which makes me wonder if this was barrel-aged.

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Photo of BCborn
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, $4.50 650ml, 2013 vintage, lots of bottles available at brewery, smooth and dangerous 9%.
one of my favorite beers, have a couple in the cellar aging.

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Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of biboergosum
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle, 2013 vintage - nice that they aged it for us a bit before shipping it east!

This beer pours a seemingly clear, dark cola brown colour, with very slight basal highlights, and two chubby fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and rather bubbly beige head, which leaves some decent spectral webbed lace around the glass as things quickly sink away.

It smells of well-roasted, meaty caramel malt, coffee grounds, a very soft lactic sourness, bittersweet cocoa beans, wet ash, a bit of BBQ-d black orchard fruit, and the suggestion of earthy, weedy hops. The taste is quite in line with the aroma, the roasted quality dialing back the backyard meat smoker character, as the bready caramel malt comes out of its shell, alongside the coffee, bitter chocolate, hints of anise and black pepper, a still understated dark boozy fruitiness, cigar ash, and a rising citrusy, floral hoppiness - this is Central City, after all!

The carbonation is fairly sublimated throughout, just a minor fizziness to be found if you really look, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight for the style, and tacitly smooth, the only challenger being a straining at the seams alcohol astringency. It finishes on a strong drying trend - evenly split between hop and booze.

A tasty and enjoyable big-ass porter, the American brewing notes pulling it squarely in that direction after a brief flirtation with those Baltic temptresses. Lots of roasted character from cradle to grave, and maybe it's just the copious pictorial references to barrels on the label, but I'm now starting to wonder about that too - though nothing else overtly encourages that idea so far.

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Photo of CWVegas
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of drstafford
4.88/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of jellikit
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: dark brown with a very small amount of red when held up to light. Light brown, light foam head.

S: coffee. Chocolate. Nutty, caramel/burnt sugars. Faint.

T: predominantly coffee, toffee and chocolate with alcohol notes. Roasty. Not too roasty. I like roasted barley and black patent in small doses. This is well balanced.

M: medium high carbonation. Medium high body like Mel B. Dry.

O: very nicely done. Extremely Well balance of malt, roast, and alcohol. Will buy again. Just wish the aroma was a little more robust. But a great beer.

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Photo of Rutager
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of CurtisD
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EspressoGuy
3.05/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

650ML bottle
A: black
S: sharp liquorice root, blended whisky; intense but not very broad or complex
T: black liquorice, black molasses, not a broad flavour; a sour finish that makes me pucker! That finish is really not very enjoyable.
M: full-bodied
O: a BIG BOLD beer but not complex or overly enjoyable.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of vikinggary28
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Never heard of this brewery before I saw it at my local Grocery Outlet, in California nonetheless. I see reviews out of Canada and Washington state only. Poured from bottle to glass. Looks almost black like a dark root beer. It has a beautiful off colour head with plenty of lacing. Smell is of a chocolate/coffee combo. Taste has a hoppiness that i didn't detect in the aroma, though it balanced well. Aftertaste was more malty than hoppy, like a porter should be. This beer kicked ass AND at 9% abv! I can't recommend a food with this beer because I believe Porters and Stouts are after meal sipping beers, but I could manage to see this one with a heavy meat like a lean steak or dessert afterwards. Ooops, I recommended it with food. It must be good!

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Photo of mattsander
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Central City Brewing 'Imperial Porter' @9.0% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $13

A-pour is a very dark brown from the bottle to near black in the glass with a hint of crimson red peeking thru a small tan head leaving a streaky lace along the pint

S-a definate certain smokeyness !

T-the bourbon aging has given this beer a certain smoke taste , yet smooth enough to consider cellaring perhaps ... hmm

MF-ok/good carbonation , definate full body

Ov-nice beer , good porter , worth the big price , NO ,

prost LampertLand

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Photo of Aggro
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Idrankthat
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of byronic
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Derek
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is really more of a (north) American Double Porter, perhaps leaning towards an English Old Ale.

Dark Brown with a light tan head, some retention & lace.

The alcohol is readily apparent on the nose, some light hop spicing (willamette?), a little biscuity nut and a hint of coffee roast.

Alcohol is up front in the flavour as well, more whiskey-like than wine, the bitterness, roasted malts & american hopping are all surprisingly delicate. I expected a little more punch, but this is a pleasant sipper for a rainy day on the coast.

Very well-attenuated with a drying alcohol finish.

This is a good brew, but surprisingly subtle for its strength.

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Photo of Joey209
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Slongie
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Ericbeech_87
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sunsetlane_guy
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TaylorLarson
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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