Pandemic Imperial Porter | 3 Stars Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
87 Ratings
Pandemic Imperial PorterPandemic Imperial Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Stars Brewing Company
District of Columbia, United States
threestarsbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by nmann08 on 08-13-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
87
Reviews:
18
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
14.29%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
13
For Trade:
0
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Photo of CharlesK
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of malfunxion
4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smcel371
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ksimons
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

A-almost black in color with dark brown highlights, has a dark tan head that disappears almost immediately

S-smell is of chocolate and dark roasted coffee

T-chocolate, coffee, caramel, dark fruits, and a bit of roast

M-medium body but pretty flat

Overall the beer starts out promising but the lack of carbonation is pretty disappointing

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Photo of Taeryn
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgiant
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle:
Pour almost like oil, black. Deep tan head that lasts a little while, but fades to almost nothing. Early look is pretty nice, but the end result is fairly disappointing.

Smell is burnt toast or dark grain toast, and a little hint of spice: licorice or sasparilla perhaps. Not too complex, decent strength.

Taste seems to follow the profile of a Baltic porter to me, which would seem to fit into "imperial porter." The taste has a sweetness to it atop a muted dark toast note, almost overwhelming it. Beer is fairly flat in feel, yielding a little flat root beer flavor. Little slick in nature, the lingering flavor is a light lingering of that toast.

The feel really kills this beer for my overall enjoyment. The other components aren't bad, if straightforward and perhaps style blurring. Just is missing the tingle of carbonation to liven up the beer.

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Photo of srw
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lucular
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of carlso_aw
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stevoj
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is almost firing on all cylinders, except for a flat appearance, pouring out like an oil slick. Slick, slippery body, aroma carries some wine like essences, along with some molasses and soy sauce. Alcohol warmth right up front, woody, sweet taste. Medium sweet finish.

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Photo of jjboesen
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This review is based on a draft quaffed at Baltimore Alewife: The color is pitch black, dark as a glass of ink; there is a wispy head on top. The nose is an intense whiff of malt and molasses. The palate is overwhelmed with a heavy blanket of toast and toffee, laced with hits of licorice, chocolate and brown sugar. The body is smooth and creamy - yet filling. This is my first 3 Star beer and hope not the last.

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Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of qchic
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stengelfoot
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dalematters
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is pitch black with a thin coffee colored head.

Smell is astringent.

Taste is roast with a slight sweet sourness. Sweet is like syrup with a balanced tart note. Slight astringent note.

Maybe not what I'd expect from a porter. But not bad to drink.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap in Leesburg.

Pours a deep dark brown, near black, but looks a little thin.

Nose is a bit on the light side - coffee and malt come through but not much more for me.

Flavor is right on for an imperial porter - rich, dark, sweet and bitter in great balance. Notes of coffee, chocolate, and alcohol all present.

Feel is a bit on the light side with a pretty quick finish.

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Photo of mozif
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Graffiato in DC.

Much better on tap than out of the bottle.

Brownish color with light head. Very carbonated.

Roasty chocolate flavor.

Thin mouthfeel.

Delicious and balanced overall. I'd drink this regularly on tap.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.56/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Holy good godness, this is a rich, thick, dense, dark, heavy, full-bodied, syrupy, fully loaded, high octane porter that only comes in a 750ml bottle because it wants you to enjoy it to the max! Lots of roasted malt, some coffee, a bit of chocolate, medium sweetness and mild bitterness, and most compellingly, a strange seaweed flavor that sneaks up on youif you really pay attention. A powerful imperial porter that is a must-try for any fans of the style.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rich, Roasty, Thick, Burnt

Massive and bold with a good dose of booze, big overtones of chocolate with suggestions of chicory and coffee. Sweet, iced hot chocolate adult style? Dark fruit like black currants and figs continue the meld with a mild espresso likeness deep into the aftertaste. While it may all be on the sweet side there is still a good amount of balance here with the alcohol and lingering roasted grain, look at this one like a dessert beer and sip it like a fine port.

STYLE: Imperial Porter | ABV: 9.6% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #95 (DEC 2014)

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VeganUndead
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CraftFan5
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first beer from 3 Stars. Let's dig in! Poured from a 750 ml corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

A - Looks like cola. Head was a nice big dark brown, but it fizzled away like soda in a minute.

N - Smells like cola. Okay, a chocolate cola. That's it - chocolate cola.

T - Honestly it tastes like a simple, standard porter, which is not bad. Tasty, but not a heck of a lot going on.

M - Thinner than I would like. I would say almost dead.

O - A decent beer, nothing special. I wouldn't turn it down, but I don't think I probably wouldn't buy it again. Hopefully Zombie Date Night will be better.

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Photo of SteveCarrozza
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BigRizz62
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Pandemic Imperial Porter from 3 Stars Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 87 ratings.
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