No.13 Tennessee Imperial Porter
Microbrasserie Pit Caribou

No.13 Tennessee Imperial PorterNo.13 Tennessee Imperial Porter
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Porter - Imperial
Ranked #340
Ranked #36,929
3.68 | pDev: 11.68%
Microbrasserie Pit Caribou
Quebec, Canada
Very Good
No.13 Tennessee Imperial PorterNo.13 Tennessee Imperial Porter
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TheBierdimpfe from Canada (QC)

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium: Capped.
Opacity: Completely opaque.
Color: Black.
Head: Creamy brown 2-3 finger.
Legs: Not much but good lacing and a nice swirl.
Smell: Alcohol/Toast/Toffee.
Taste: Barley/Coffee/Vanilla/Cherries/Herbal.
Feel: Roasted//Earthy/Leafy/Woody.
Body: Light to medium creamy/milky and a bit silky.
Carbonation: Moderate, fits with the style.
Overall: Decent whiskey barrel effect and quite warming (alcoholic feel).

Visual 6/10 - Flavors 7/10 - Sensations 8/10 - Balance 8/10 -
Freshness 5/10 - Intensity 8.5/10 - Complexity 8/10 - Appreciation 8/10

*Old review* Aged around 6 months : Dark brown/dark red, almost black and opaque. Creamy brown 3 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with good legs and a decent swirl effect. Flavors of chocolate, coffee, sour dark fruits, toffee, molasses, dark grains and herbal hops. Oily medium body with sharp crisp carbonation. Super strong finish, acidic and quite sour, not sure if it aged well, probably not cause it's hitting the throat like vinegar. Balsamic vinegar feel, very dry and wine like, really unbalanced. Notes of barrel, prunes and plums, with some whiskey. Down the drain, undrinkable like a powerful flanders red, also too alcoholic. Did not react well the the cellar, can't tell how good it is when fresh. Until then nice try but overall bad quality craft. Rating 2.55/5

Aug 06, 2017
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good ageing flavour, a tasty imperial porter. Big bubbly mocha head, and lace. Grows on me, candi and roast, and good bourbon. Bottle from Brou Ha Ha.

Mar 18, 2016
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Jeffo from Netherlands

2.66/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this one from Peensteen this past summer. Thanks man!

From a 50cl bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours out a clear brown and yields a two finger, medium looking, creamy, light tan head with excellent retention. Bistre brown body, clear, with lower levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a full wisp and coats the sides of the glass. A faint and splotchy wisp remains until the end with dots of lacing down the glass. Nice looking, though a little light in color, even for a porter.

SMELL: Cacao, whisky, wood notes with light toffee and butterscotch.

TASTE: Whisky and toffee with wood up front. Some booze at the swallow with a bold and lingering finish of whisky, alcohol, wood and notes of toffee and butterscotch. Kind of alcoholic and less complex than hoped. Almost like they dumped whisky into their porter.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly higher levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, a touch light perhaps, goes down fine with a bit of a bite at the swallow and finishes dry for the style. A bit of heat lingers.

OVERALL: Seems like they dumped some a few bottles of whisky into a batch of imperial porter. Boozy and straight up whisky character in this one. Not complex or layered like many barrel aged beers tend to be. This one is well engineered, with a solid look and feel, but the main point didn't really work out. Thanks again peensteen!

Dec 02, 2015
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flipper2gv from Canada (QC)

4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark dark brown color with a mocha colored head that has medium retention and lacing. Definitely has strong alcohol legs though.

S: Well, you get a ton of bourbon straight out. You get a ton vanilla, sweetness, oak and light pepper. The porter notes are much lighter and mostly form a backbone. You get some light smokiness, a tiny bit of chocolate malts.

T: This follows the nose very well. Although it say it is "tennesse whisky", the notes here are identical to bourbon. You get a really really strong vanilla right off the bat, oak tannins, light pepper and quite a good quick of diacetyl, but it fits pretty well. The chocolate malts are there, as well as some light smoke, but it's all in the background to let the bourbon notes shine.

M: This is heavy, thick, low carbonation stuff, just the way it should be. A tiny bit too sticky for it to be perfect, but still really good.

O: Although this is not a whale, this is a really solid brew that I only have to guess got much better with the years and iterations. Right now, it is really underrated. Everyone should get their hands on it.

May 15, 2015
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mtomlins from Canada (ON)

4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark, worn-in leather boot brown with a thick, creamy tan head with good retention and some lacing. The nose and taste are very similar featuring milk chocolate, roasted grain, some vanilla, and brown sugar. The finish has a decent bittering hop component helping to dry the beer out and is RIS-like (in a very good way), The body was rich and creamy and nice staying power. Overall, very surprised; given the lowish rating, I wasn't expecting such a pleasing beer!

May 11, 2015
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ThickNStout from Georgia

2.7/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

500mL bottle from La Duchesse D'Aiguillon (Quebec City). 5.59. No bottling info. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours deep brown with dark ruby edges and a full three finger pillow of light tan head. Lots of lace.

Smells of musty grapes, roasted malts and sour yeast. Not what I was expecting and not very good.

There's an initial sour twinge followed by an interesting blend of rich chocolate, roast coffee and burnt caramel. There may have been bourbon flavors at some point but this is strait up barrel funk. Not entirely off putting but far from ideal for me. A little alcohol kick towards the back end.

Medium body, creamy feel with soft but present carbonation. Sweet & sour finish.

From the feel and some of the flavors it seems like this could have been a pretty darn good beer. Unfortunately it was ruined by overwhelming sourness. I might try this again if I ever saw it on tap but I'm not even sure about that.

Apr 03, 2013
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4ster from Canada (ON)

3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No bottle date. Poured into a large wine glass. Let warm a bit before serving.

A: Dark brown, decent initial head that foams a medium brown, dies off to a nice froth around the edges, with some decent lacing retention.

S: Slightly sweet, oaky, and with a slightly astringent alcohol aroma.

T: Light malt this is quickly taken over by fruit/wood/oak flavours. Not overly sweet, finishes with a mildly bitter, sour, alcoholic aftertaste.

M: Medium carbonation, light body, some alcohol, somewhat easy drinking for 10%.

O: As it goes with barrel aged beers, you're often not sure if you're going to get additional complexity that adds to the beer, or too much of the barrel flavours overtaking the original brew. I fear that this porter suffers from the latter; here the oak and smells/flavours that come with the barrels have ended up dominating the original beer. For me this tastes too much like wood, and also the alcohol is too present for a porter that is on the light side. Time has not added to it but instead taken away the nice malty/roasted/hop profile of an American Porter and replaced it with what might have been a cheap Tennessee bourbon, or old barrels. Too bad, I couldn't get enough of Pit's Wee Heavy, but this one misses the mark, and if they used the Gaspesienne base, also lost all of the originals' flavours. Gets better slightly as it warms.

Mar 08, 2013
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a black color porter with a small dark brown foamy head with light retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of roasted malt with dry notes and quite distinct woody notes with light warming alcohol. Taste is a mix of light roasted malt with some quite dominant notes of wood and light warming alcohol. Body is a bit thin for style with medium carbonation and some apparent alcohol. Very well brewed overall though a fuller body and a bit less apparent alcohol would have provided better enjoyment of this beer.

Jan 25, 2013
No.13 Tennessee Imperial Porter from Microbrasserie Pit Caribou
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 30 ratings