Blue Mountain Imperial Porter | Blue Mountain Brewery

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Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by wagenvolks on 06-02-2008

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Photo of SidewinderX
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had a pint of this on tap at Mas Tapas in Charlottesville. Didn't really know what to expect, and I ended up drinking one of the best porters I can remember.

Appearance: Jet black with a creamy tan head, about 1 finger's worth. That head stayed with the beer for the whole glass. Wonderful.

Smell: a nice aroma, didn't really foreshadow how great the beer was going to be.

Taste: Wonderful. This a rich porter with a nice, slightly bitter taste. Toffee, chocolate, and a little bit of coffee in there. Just great.

Mouthfeel: Just an absolute delight to drink. Creamy, rich, and smooth. A great beer to drink.

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Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: the imperial porter is murky brown in color with a rich nitro head that's obviously attractive though the means by which it's produced seems almost akin to cheating, generous retention and lace

s: a nice roasted barley aroma seems a bit masked underneath the nitro gas, earthy hop aromas, great roast profile but it's one I'd rather see in a regular serving

m: medium bodied with a creamy nitro carbonation

t: big flavors of earthy roasted barley and dry cocoa nibs comprise most of the aroma, on the drier side with earthy hop flavors and a mild bitterness, the beer offers more there than it did on the nose

d: no issues here, the entire pint glass was taken with ease

standard pint at the brewpub, second draft at Galaxy Hut yields the same scores

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Photo of Proteus93
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pretty much black... very dark with the creamy head that nitro creates. Almost sandy, but closer to offwhite

S: Nice, slightly subdued chocolate aromas. Toasted malts, almost something of a nut 'n butter scent?

T: Roasted malts, a stronger dominating chcolate flavour than noted in the aroma. Finishes quite nice, leaving a toasty, slightly bitter taste behind.

M: Quite full bodied and rich... thicker than the style sometimes comes, but again, some of that is a result of the nitrotap.

D: Eventually, the 6.9% is gonna catch up, but until that time, it's smooth sailing. Nice drinking, big flavour. Something to come out for again, and well worth trying out.

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Photo of Cheeser
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of JMUbrewz
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of sarahgant
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton, VA.

A: Pours an almost opaque (though clear along the edges when held up to the light) very dark brown in color, almost black, with some dark amber highlights. The beer has a half finger tall tan head that fades to a thin film covering about half the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with some lighter notes of caramel/burnt sugar and chocolate.

T: Moderate flavors of dark roasted malts with some light flavors of chocolate and caramel burnt sugar sweetness. There is a moderate amount of bitterness which lingers through the finish but not for too long.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation (or nitrogen). Creamy.

O: Super easy to drink with the very light and airy mouthfeel and the super well hidden alcohol. I can see why this is the original beer for this brewery (the one that got them started). I really enjoyed this one and feel like I could put these back all afternoon long - perfect beer for a cool late autumn day.

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Photo of PGVG
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Blue Mountain shaker pint glass.

This was the highlight of my day. It pours a translucent garnet-brown topped by over a finger of khaki froth. The nose comprises toasted biscuits, toffee, and smooth milk chocolate. The taste holds notes of milk chocolate powder, roasted malts, sweet caramel, and something I can really only relate to peanut butter. The body is a nice medium, with a light carbonation and a velvety smooth feel. It may have been the nitro-tap, but this was one of the smoothest beers I've had in a long time. This helped it go from good porter to very good, verging on great, porter. Get some!

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Photo of Deuane
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Porter on nitro 40 IBU 6.9%
At the brew pub 9-17-08

A-Black with dark ruby red highlights. Gorgeous, thick, creamy, tight tan nitro head. Leaves copious lace

S-Light chocolate and roasted malt with a bit of spicy hops. Increasing aroma of espresso roast coffee upon warming

T-Mmmm....full flavoured chocolate and toffee malt busting out all over with a nice roastiness in the finish. Ends dry with little residual sweetness.

M-Medium-heavy body with long lasting roasted malt/hop bitterness. Nitro pour makes things all go down nice and smooth.

D-Full flavoured and robust, this is a porter that borders on stout territory. Wonderful smoothness and a healthy dose of roast lets this one go down without a fight!

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of brentk56
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with an espresso color and a creamy beige head that sheets the pint glass

Smell: Roasty aroma with hints of chocolate and caramel

Taste: Starts out with a lot of chocolate that is joined, mid-palate by both caramel sweetness and fruity hop bitterness; after the swallow, the sweeter caramel tends to dominate but there is plenty of bittersweet chocolate on the finish

Mouthfeel: Full body; creamy, with gentle carbonation

Drinkability: There is a lot to like in this porter; another fine brew from this brewery

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Photo of afausser
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap a number of times and finally getting around to posting a review of it.

Appearance. Pours a nice chocolately dark brown with about a finger to a finger and a half of nice espresso head from the nitro. Looks, in my mind, how a classic porter should look.

Smell: Slightly nutty, with a bit of toast, but predominantly smooth with chocolate and coffee. Earthy and malty, and very nice.

Taste: Slight bitterness from some hops that weren't particularly apparent in the smell. Chocolate and slight coffee blend well. It's creamy, but there's a slight spice to it as well which is quite nice. A nice roast taste is blended in.

Mouthfeel: Well, it's on nitro-tap, which greatly skews both mouthfeel and drinkability. Medium bodied and smooth, with nice smooth carbonation. No heat, though I wouldn't expect any here anyway. It's sort of what I'd expect for a nitro-tap mouthfeel, so it's hard to rate it too high. I recently had a bottle of dark hollow (I had only had it on nitro-tap before) and if the difference in mouthfeel there is at all transferred to this, I can't really give it above a 4. That said, on nitro-tap it is quite excellent.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable. My only caution is what I have said above in mouthfeel. Great session beer, and is a great local brew.

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Photo of ncaudle
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of argock
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA) for $4.50.

A: Sumptuous dark, murky brown with thick 1-2 finger, beige, nitro-head with good retention and lacing.

S: After getting past the initial metallic nitro aroma, delicious chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and complex malt are met with a snappy earthy and floral hops presence. Very inviting.

T: Extremely impressive beer which I bet would be even better on regular tap. Lush dark malt flavors dominated by milk chocolate and coffee with a dash of vanilla mix nicely with earthy, spicy hops. A really densely flavorful, excellent porter.

M: Firm, medium body with medium carbonation and a typical creamy nitro mouthfeel. Light chocolate/mocha aftertaste.

D: A superior porter with surprising complexity. While the nitro service adds in feel, I think the aroma and thus flavor would be better on tap or from the bottle. A bit of a surprise as porters are a mixed bag for me, but this one hit the spot in a big way.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wasn't expecting to find this brewery...the girlfriend and I were heading to WV from Raleigh, NC and decided to take the scenic route. Driving in the rain, I see hop vines growing on along the side of the road and, lo and behold, it's a brewery! Pretty fine one at that.

Their Imperial Porter was served from a nitro-tap into a pint glass.

Pours a jet-black body with an endlessly cascading, creamy tan head that refused to recede. When it slowly did, it left behind thick sheets of lacing across the entire backside of the glass. Aroma was a blend of sweet milk chocolate malts, caramel, espresso roast, and some musky hops.

A fantastic roasted, dark chocolate malt profile coated the tongue on the first sip. Background filled with caramel, java, and a hint of smoke. The mouthfeel was velvety smooth, rich and absolute treat to consume. I would certainly have this again. At only 6.7%, it doesn't quite live up to the "Imperial" name, but its drinkability is top notch. It's a shame they couldn't bottle this w/ some carbonation.

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Photo of EuphonicHops
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of CrellMoset
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro tap at Blue Mountain Brewery tasting room. Served in a traditional pint glass.

Appearance: Great solid creamy nitro head, tan, a dark brown, almost black body. Some streaky, fluffy nitro lacing. It's not too impressive or noteworthy beyond its nitro-ness, though it's always hard to tell if the nitro's covering up something or covering up FOR something ... anyway ...

Aroma: Rather faint but nice - dark fruits, grassy coffee, some light, bitter chocolate, and toffee.

Taste: Buttery toffee, faint but highly roasted coffee, grassy and lemon notes (either from the coffee or from a hop addition), and a ton of nuttiness - pecans, or walnuts, perhaps.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, even, milky, light-to-medium bodied, but again with the same nitro comment above.

Drinkability: A manageable and tasty beer. There's nothing wrong with it really, but it's not "stand out" in my opinion - more of a "we gotta have a dark beer on tap and we're out of the awesomely cool Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Hollow Stout, so, how 'bout this one?" sort of beer. Still, give it a shot.

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Photo of ramblinwreck101
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Blue Mountain Imperial Porter from Blue Mountain Brewery
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 19 ratings