Single Batch Series - Hell Awaits Imperial Porter | Sebago Brewing Company

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Single Batch Series - Hell Awaits Imperial PorterSingle Batch Series - Hell Awaits Imperial Porter

Brewed by:
Sebago Brewing Company
United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Brez07 on 10-27-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by twelvsies:
Photo of twelvsies
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New one-time release from Sebago, I'll give it a try. Pours a dark brown with decent head, red around the edges up to the light. Aromas of bitter chocolate, herbal hops, malt. Nice bitterness up front, surprisingly hoppy, herbal, and a nice char-like roasty dry finish. Kind of different for a porter, I like it. Could be a bit more fluffy and robust in the mouthfeel, but overall a unique twist on the style. Not sure I get the whole "Hell Awaits" thing - this beer doesn't seem all that "menacing", but it is tasty.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was one great beer, one of the best, if not the best, porter I've ever had.
In a pint glass the beer was a very dark brown color with some red highlights. A tan head with a little bit of lacing.
A coffee and sweet chocolate aroma, while not intense, very noticeable.
Chocolate taste, espresso, a little bit of licorice. The flavor kept building and building.
A rich and rewarding mouthfeel. Some alcohol that only enhanced the taste.
I loved this beer. Will get some more of these.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light dark color with a nice tan head.

The aroma is malt, chocolate and hints of caramel and a slight earthiness.

The carbonation fills the mouth and leaves a dry feel. The taste is chocolate, toffee and hints of toasted malts. The body is much lighter then imperial may indicate.

A good example of a porter but I've never been a big fan but worth a try for sure.

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Photo of far333
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruddy brown with burnt orange highlights and a low light brown head of dimpled foam that leaves fine sheets of lace.

Aroma of toasted nuts, cocoa, and smoke. Rich flavor of cocoa and deeply roasted malt, some espresso and charred bark. A chocolate syrup sweetness rises up and takes over, just short of cloying. Notes of root beer and marshmallow, some wood and leather. Sharp bitterness, seems more from deeply roasted malt than hops, but a subtle hop flavor rides along. Sweetness keeps creeping back.

Even mouthfeel, a bit slick, not too full. Tasty beer, drinkable suffers for me due to the chocolate sweetness.

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Photo of russpowell
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent Hazel tinged mahogany with a pinky of tight mocha colored head. Below average head retention & above average lacing

S: Roasty malt & touch of dark fruit

T: Much roasty malt, some smokeyness & chocolate & charcoal (faint). Some booze soaked raisin & cherry surfaces as this warms along with baker's chocolate & charred grain. Dry roasty finish with a touch of woody hops & nice chcolate accents

MF: Medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation & a bit warm booze-wise

A decent robust porter that I would drink again, but wouldn't necessarily go nuts trying to find. Would make a great addition to any Halloween themed beer tasting...

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with deep ruby hues when held up to the light, good sized, light tan head that fades at a slow rate and leaves a good cap on top.

Smell is pretty much all roasted malt with a bit of coffee bitterness in the nose.

Taste is quite hot at first, the mix of burning alcohol and deep roasted bitterness can be rather intimidating to the taste buds, a burnt aftertaste lingers on the tongue long after swallowed, the carbonation is spot on for a porter with an assertive presence yet soft at the same time.

Probably their least successful single batch yet but I look forward to what they come up with next. Cool label on the bottle though, let's hope having their name on a tombstone isn't a sign.

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Photo of amp138
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of PicoPapa
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Pours an almost black color with purpley, ruby hues and a half inch of light brown head. No lacing. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, caramel, some smoke and vanilla. Taste is bittersweet upfront with some dark chocolate and coffee flavors. Sweet coffee taste throughout. Almost too sicky sweet. Odd aftertaste of smokey burnt coffee. The more I sip this one, the less convinced I am I like it. I'm not sure what the abv is but this one's sweetness hurts the drinkability. Very little carbonation. This is a slow sipper. Overall, cool name, but not the best beer. Reminds me somewhat of the Southern Tier beers Choklat, Mokah, etc. but I'd much rather have one of those.

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Photo of JTomczak
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of jlindros
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light but darker colored fizzy head covering that fades fairly quickly, spotty lacing, super dark molasses brown color with barely any mahogany light sneaking through.

Nose is def an imperial porter, more like imp stout... roast, black malts, a little soy even, thick syrupy rich dark, cocoa, melted burnt chocolate, a bit of burnt coffee grounds, a bit of caramel and fluffy nougat, but mostly pure black malts.

Taste doesn't go far from the nose, big dark malts, lush and creamy but thick and a bit syrupy. Lots of roasted malts, a bit of acrid burnt flavors, burnt coffee grounds, and a bit of burnt milk chocolate. Some cocoa, dark chocolate, bitter dark choc, black malts, and just a bit of soy sauce. Also some bitter earthy hops, add to the bitterness from the roast and gets a bit overbearing at times. Some warming booze cuts through with some depth to it. A bit of caramel and fluffy nougat, and maybe a little flaked oats, rounds off the flavor profile. Finish is syrupy and a bit sticky sweet, bit bitter earthy spicy hop and slightly bitter acrid roasted character, which gets a bit overbearing as well as it lingers for quite a while.

Mouth is fuller bod, bit syrupy, thick, a bit creamy, some warming booze.

Overall not bad, def more a winter sipper with the big malt character and booze, but not too bad. The acrid burnt roast and bitter characters get a bit too much over time.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a 22 oz bottle poured at cellar temp into a snifter. The beer pours a dark mahogany hue with some darker cola brown towards the center of the glass. There is a fizzy tan head that foams up a few cm and fades quickly to an edge layer.
The aroma is malty with carmel and toffee and a bit of milk chocolate. No hops or heat to detect on this brew.
First sip reveals an average body with mild rolling carbonation. The texture is fairly smooth and makes this a very drinkable beer.
Flavor is similar to nose with malt and malt coming out to play. There is caramel and a bit of roasted malt notes, maybe some molassess, but no hops or heat again. The beer isnt overly sweet, but doesnt give off any bitterness anywhere either. A nice drinkable porter, not sure of the ABV, but if it is an imperial porter it must be elevated, and I dont detect it on the sampling.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a khaki, one-finger head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Almost clear deep brown color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Roasted chocolate nose, flavor is caramel and roasted chocolate. Light burnt chocolate finish. $9.47 for a 22oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of John_M
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at RSVP before heading out of tonw a few months back. Finally cracked it open last night.

The beer pours a fairly dark cola color with good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is very impressive, showing considerable dark chocolate, milk duds, vanilla, light coffee and light licorice. On the palate, there's much more of licorice flavor than I was expecting in this fairly sweet porter. Otherwise, the flavor profile tends to replicate the nose, though I thought the mouthfeel a bit thin (especially for an impy porter) and the alcohol a bit more noticeable than I like. The beer finishes well, with a wash of licorice, dark chocolate and light hoppy bitterness.

A solid beer from Sebago and one I wouldn't mind trying again at some point.

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Photo of ggilman
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found a bomber of this leftover from last year at Burby & Bates in Orono! (From Notes)

Deep black, with a faint cola brown tint around the edges. Minimal tan head, with moderate lacing.Nice thick smooth mouthfeel with a carbonated bite on the tip of the tongue. Powdery chocolate malt aroma. Taste is bitter coffee and bakers chocolate that lingers. Herbal cherry liqueur. Somewhat dry finish, not overly rich, but syrupy. Slight medicinal quality. Alcohol warms and soothes.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into a pint glass. About a finger of brown foam head rests atop deep dark brown liquid. It is opaque and I can't tell if there is any rising carbonation. The head settles to a skim of foam. Lacing is sporadic but a slick liquid coat is left behind.

Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malts and coffee beans are very apparent in the nose. It also smells of alcohol, leading me to believe this is a higher ABV beverage. An underlying sweetness is present, reminiscent of plums.

Like prior reviewers of this beer, I feel that this beer is a little hot. It tastes of strong alcohol--a taste that lingers after I swallow. Also present a roasted malts and bitter dark chocolate. A charred essence comes on strong in the aftertaste, somewhere between burnt twigs and liquid smoke (but unlike a smoke beer).

As the Imperial moniker may lead you to expect, this is a big beer. It's full bodied with carbonation that compliments, but doesn't distract. A big flavorful coat is left behind.

As a 22 ounce bottle, this beer drinks fairly well. The high alcohol and overall bitterness may be limiting factors. I wouldn't object to splitting the bottle. I think I would sit on any future purchases of this beer to see how it ages. Still, if you are a fan of Sebago, I would suggest you check out this beer.

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Photo of erlenmeyer
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Jayli
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a deep, dark brown with lighter brown, slight mahogany edges when held to the light. A 1/4 inch of brown forms but recedes immediately, paint splash lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is slightly muted though charred malts, bitter chocolate and a hint of hops comes in.

T: Taste is starts with a touch of charred notes and bitter chocolate. It quickly lightens to a more roasty flavoring. Caramel, toffee and hint of vanilla comes in. Finish has a real burnt flavoring with a big amount of citrus hop bite to it and minor hint of oak.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp at first with a bit of silky finish.

D: Goes down easily, pretty tasty, somewhat filling, decent kick, I found this to be more in line with a Black IPA than a porter, but a decent beer none the less.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a dark brown liquid letting a little light shine through with a tan colored head that is thick and rather creamy looking.

S-the nose has a fair bit of cake batter and chocolate in it, rather rich, subtle roasted malts behind with notes of caramel and toffee. there is a pronounced hop presence in the back that is very herbal tea like.

T-the taste has the rich dark chocolate and cake batter in up front. more roasted malts and some coffee flavors behind. the herbal tea like hop is there in the finish with a light bitterness that lingers.

M-full bodied smooth and creamy on the palate. very easy on the palate with a fair bit of carbonation and a soft smooth finish.

D-very rich and flavorful with a nice balance and complexity to it. really opens up as it warms and the chocolate cake flavors are delicious.

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Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at the brewpub in Scarboro, Maine this shows a dark black brown color with a fair big bubbled tan head and plenty of lacing. The aroma is dark cherry chocolate with alcohol. Pretty straight forward and promising. The flavor also brings dark chocolate and cherry/raspberry with grapefruit tartness and sweet malt in a medium-heavy bodied brew with a smooth mildly carbonated feel. Very tasty, not your typical porter. Drinkability is midland.

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Photo of WhiteOak
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep cola brown color with a mohogany tint at the edge. The head is dark tan and has sticky lacing.

S- Good aroma of roasted malt, chocolate covered raisins.

T- Big, sweet roasted malt, chocolate & vanilla. I found the hops to be nearly undetectable, which is proper for the style. The pleasant finish was very long and lingering.

M, D- Full bodied but drinkable thanks to the appreciated lack of any acrid char. I did not get the aforementioned heat.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pulling this baby out of the cellar for no reason other than the fact that I want to...

Bottled 10/18/10

A: Pours a deep mahogany color, nearing brown with almost no head that fizzles away to nothing in as little as 10 seconds

S: I can smell this one from a few feet away... deep, dark chocolate, coffee, anise, slight booze. Definitely has a sweetness to it, but a very welcomed and awesome sweetness (vanilla, maybe?)

T: Follows the nose, with both dark and milk chocolate, light roast and coffee, sweet vanilla, anise, and just a little more general sweetness. Booze is still there but complements the malts very nicely. Reminds me a lot of Stone RIS, actually. Very nice

M: Full bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Creamy and thick

O: This really surprised me (in a really, really good way)! This is drinking extremely well after 20 months. Much better now than when it was first bottled. Sebago should definitely realease more of this, though chances of that are slim. If you still have some, drink it! It's doing amazingly well right now!

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

Thanks to grittymug345 for this one. I poure from a bomber into a snifter, deep black pour, medium white head. Lots of dark fruit on the nose, some coffee. It has a hint of coffee with some dates for sweetness. It has a lingering bitter finish. The beer has medium body, high carbonation and is goes down really nice. A very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Brez07
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just hit the shelves today, however I did get to sample it last Friday at their cask night. 22oz bottle poured into a Maine Beer Co logo glass

A: Dark brown pour with some amber highlights. Initially left a 1/2 finger head. Settles to just a thin layer

S: Roasted, bittersweet chocolate. Subtle notes of dark fruit follow behind. Tinge of alcohol

T: Whoa, much more roasty then when I had this last week. Pretty hoppy too. The chocolate and fruit from the nose don't come through at all. The hop bitterness actually has a larger presence then the malt, which is odd. The finish is rather smoke-like

M: Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Slight bitterness on the front of the tongue. Hop and smoke aftertaste

D: Not sure of the ABV, but this comes off a little hot. The cask version I had managed to hide the alcohol better. Hide the smoke and hop flavors too. Overall, preferred that version. Bottled version is decent, but might be one to let sit for a few months

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Photo of kirok1999
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown/garnet with a mild hint of foam on the surface and just a bit on the glass.
Smells dark and slightly metallic with a mild citrus hop note. Rich malts come through and some milky coffee and chocolate.
Taste is mild, not as dark as the smell and it has a lingering dark finish. It is mildly sweet with hints of caramel and chocolate. Much better than the smell, which is a nice change from the recent batch of beers I've had with a better smell than taste.
Smooth and mild with a nice hit of carbonation. Very easy to sip and a very pleasant porter.

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Single Batch Series - Hell Awaits Imperial Porter from Sebago Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 27 ratings