Imperial Porter
Twisted Pine Brewing Company

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From:
Twisted Pine Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Style:
Baltic Porter
ABV:
9%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.86 | pDev: 10.1%
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
47
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 13, 2019
Added:
Oct 28, 2002
Wants:
  6
Gots:
  5
SCORE
87
Very Good
Imperial PorterImperial Porter
Notes: None
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Rated: 3.94 by StorminNorm from Colorado

Jun 13, 2019
 
Rated: 3.5 by DerwinWentworth from Utah

Jun 02, 2017
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Reviewed by biegaman from Canada (ON)

4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Northstar Imperial Porter has a label depicting a forest of coniferous trees, a ground full of fresh-fallen snow, and a sky of bright stars on a dark, seemingly frigid night. The beer itself is appropriately, reciprocally black and wintry, also topped with a fine, powdery dusting (albeit severely muddy instead of pristine white). A perfect look for a winter seasonal from Colorado.

The aroma isn't overpowering, though with a cast of flavours that includes black licorice, caramel, raisin, fudge, coffee, and currants it's a wonder how it's not. I was expecting more hops but there's scarcely more than a hint of pine. No matter, this maltiness is rich and satisfying - it needs no help. 'Thanks but no thanks', it says. 'I got this.' Indeed it does!

Northstar is far too soft and cuddly for an Imperial Porter. High alcohol beers typically want a fist-fight but this one offers free hugs. Its 25 IBU predictably puts up little fight but the 9.5% is unexpectedly absent - or perhaps just crowded out by those full, creamy, well integrated flavours of toffee, dark honey, chocolate truffle, hazelnut, coffee and raisins.

Some (or maybe a lot) of this may relate to the fact this bottle is one day away from celebrating its 2nd birthday. Time in the cellar has certainly thinned out the mouthfeel, even oxidized it slightly. The brewery insists it can be aged for up to 4 years but I wouldn't go further than this; there's no sense trading in any more of that gooey, delicious flavour. It's drinkable enough as is.

Twisted Pine absolutely delivered on their promise to "warm up any winter's night and provide a perfect fireside companion". Northstar Imperial Porter is a gentle giant, a Newfoundland dog that sits in your lap and let's you scratch behind her ears. It's not as profound as some may want and is more enjoyable than impressive, but, by all accounts, is well worth buying.
Nov 20, 2016
 
Rated: 4.31 by Watersox from North Carolina

Jul 05, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Dec 21, 2015
 
Rated: 3.76 by Pens1967 from Louisiana

Nov 26, 2015
 
Rated: 3.74 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania

Oct 04, 2015
 
Rated: 4.03 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania

Oct 04, 2015
 
Rated: 3.88 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Oct 04, 2015
 
Rated: 4.08 by dankabier1 from Colorado

Aug 16, 2015
 
Rated: 3.49 by IPAchris from Pennsylvania

Aug 12, 2015
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
twisted pine has gotten a lot better lately. they dont have an amazing reputation among craft beer folks really, but their beer is really solid every time i have some, and this is super good porter, although im not sure if its listing here as a baltic porter is correct. doesnt matter, the beer is excellent. hersheys syrup brown with a good inch of lighter brown head at first, but it settles down to patchy bubbles pretty quickly. the nose is sweet and loaded with toffee and burning sugar qualities, rum raisin, bread pudding, and all sorts of other sticky sweet desserts and the coffee that goes best with them. surprisingly the flavor isnt anywhere near as sweet as the nose, but you still get all that awesome malt layering, with espresso being a strong overtone from the roasted barley in the finish. its thick beer, with a molasses taste to it and it totally coats the palate, but i dont find it overly sugary, and think it to be rather drinkable for its abv as well. drinks more like 7% or 8% abv, surprised to see it so strong. i have not seen bottles of this one ever, but was fortunate enough to have a pour yesterday at back country pizza up in nederland. twisted pine keeps impressing me this year, and while this one is more winter than spring beer, its delicious and decadent and appealing any time.
May 25, 2015
 
Rated: 4.14 by Schoeni from Germany

Apr 14, 2015
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Rated by jabergess from Tennessee

3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
I had high hopes but to me it was a very one dimensional beer. Molasses or dark malt and that is about all I got from it.
Apr 06, 2015
 
Rated: 4.07 by Skagnetti from Colorado

Mar 07, 2015
 
Rated: 3.83 by mcloud2 from North Carolina

Jan 06, 2015
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Reviewed by SHODriver from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%
A: poured into a snifter to a nice shade of black with a small tan head that fades quickly to a small mat and collar around the edge of the glass
S: smells of roasted malt and bittersweet dark chocolate with a little coffee
T: taste is light roastyness with some chocolate sweetness and coffee. swallow is bitter roasted malt, coffee, a bit of chocolate and a hint of hop bitterness
M: this beer sits with moderate heft on the palate with soft carbonation and a slightly drying finish
O: Not a bad beer at all, good flavors and decent complexity without any hints of alcohol.
Sep 17, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by GClarkage from California

Jul 03, 2014
 
Rated: 2.75 by QueerBeer from Colorado

Jun 06, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by Belittle from New Jersey

Apr 29, 2014
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Reviewed by AtrumAnimus from Texas

4.54/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
This one pours a pure black to rival the darkness of the devil's soul. The head is thin and short lived with a nice dark tan color that leaves a good lacing down the glass.

The nose is is fine blending of chocolate, bourbon, coffee, bread and delicious hop overtones.

The taste is extremely complex and rich with strong notes of alcohol that ride on a sweet malted bed of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and well blended hops.

The moutfeel is an appropriate richness for this beer as well and works perfectly for this particular style.

Overall this is an exceptional Imperial Porter and I am really enjoying it. I will enjoy having it again another day.
Apr 22, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by afsdan from Colorado

Mar 23, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by djrn2 from New Jersey

Feb 03, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by jaydoc from Kansas

Jan 28, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by LoveStout from New York

Jan 19, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by acurtis from New Jersey

Jan 18, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by BuckTuckian from Kentucky

Jan 08, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by jkball01 from Kentucky

Jan 06, 2014
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Reviewed by KYGunner from Kentucky

3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Nice black complexion gave way to a powerful stout and firm head that fluttered away rather quickly.

The aroma was dank, musty and reminded me of the scent from an old dusty home. There was some prune and date aroma near the back but overall it was rather poor.

This is a beer better served warm as it held little taste at cold temperatures. Warmer it opened to a dry chocolate malt, with some dark fruits and a stripe of caramel sweetness.

This had a super light and easy smoothness with little to no carbonated sensation.

I have no idea why the scent didn't change as it got warmer as the taste certainly did. If it had the score could have been higher.
Jan 05, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by TheBeerAlmanac from Kentucky

Jan 04, 2014
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Reviewed by spense727 from North Carolina

2.94/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Appearance - For the style, the color is spot on, but the head is a bit light.
Smell - There is a lack of smell. There is a hint of roast, but it is even very light.
Taste - There is some slight bitterness and its slightly roasty and malty. A tad boozy, but underwhelming.
Mouthfeel - The feel is a bit light, but ok.
Overall - Nothing is very "imperial" about this beer.
Dec 18, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by MattGrimley from Massachusetts

Dec 06, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by st9647v3 from New Jersey

Nov 08, 2013
 
Rated: 3.5 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Nov 03, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by DrIPA from Michigan

Oct 16, 2013
 
Rated: 3.5 by JMBSH from Colorado

Aug 14, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by edhaaslovesbacon from Colorado

Apr 03, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by zillo043068 from New Jersey

Mar 19, 2013
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Jet-black body topped with a light tan head. Slightly tangy aroma mixed with roasted grains and mint-chocolate notes. Rich chocolate flavors; good bitterness throughout the taste; charred grains; nice alcohol warmth. Medium bodied, semi-sweet with a dry finish.

A deep, dark, robust dark beer with corresponding tastes and smells. Bitterness and alcohol notes slightly trump the malt sweetness, yet everything seems to fit well together based on the style. This beer reminds me like a lot of the really good northern European dark beers: bold and complex. Well worth taking a plunge into the depths...
Mar 07, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by t0rin0 from California

Mar 04, 2013
Imperial Porter from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 92 ratings