Pandemic Imperial Porter | 3 Stars Brewing Company

very good
18 Reviews
Pandemic Imperial PorterPandemic Imperial Porter

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Year-round

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

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 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 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 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 razorsdescent
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Coffee, coffee, and more coffee. This beer is loaded down with coffee to the point that many tasters might assume that they are actually drinking a chilled coffee. A fair bit less balanced than many other coffee beers, but also worth a try.

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Photo of delta490
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with no light getting through. The head is fizzy, deep mocha brown and hardly lasts, burning off almost as soon as the pour is done. The aroma has nice deep roast malts, anise, and hints of alcohol. The taste, though, is rich chocolate malt and cocoa, with an even smaller hint of alcohol on the finish. The body has a pleasant weight, smooth, with a little alcohol tingle on the tongue.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Near black body with a thin ring of beige head. Aromas of charred malt, roast, smoke. Sweet malt with medium alcohol presence. Perhaps an over abundance of burnt / charred malt. Low carbonation with notes of melted chocolates and booze. Decent in small quantities. Could use a few tweaks.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours one shade shy of black with no head. Nose expresses bubblegum, cocoa and banana esters (weird combination for a porter). Taste consistent with nose, but the cocoa and a charred character are more prominent. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a lively carbonation which is perhaps a little too assertive. Overall, an interesting take on an American Porter but not mind-blowing.

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Photo of jwps214
4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L: poured jet black with a small chocolate head that dissipated quickly
S: dark roasted coffee with a touch of sweet fruit, maybe even maple?
T: roasty up front which fades into sweet caramel. As it warms notes of molasses poke through. A touch of booziness
F: love the heavy viscosity and light carbonation. The beer lingers in your mouth for a long time
O: I expected more booze, but was pleasantly surprised. The roasted malt well balanced by the sweetness.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. We shall for go the big snifter this time! Quit tieing these cages on with a hammer drill, they are impossible to get off. Minimal pop off the cork with some tugging.

Quick half finger dark cocoa brown head that dissolves very quickly to a thin fine collar. Collar after sometime is completely gone. No retention, lots of soda snapping carbonation on the pour. Bottle contents slap and hit wet out of the gate, filling with a simple dark brown walnut and opaque color. There's some sheen legs around the edge of the glass. Otherwise the beer looks really dead on arrival.

Solid porter character, and a very impressive coffee note and dried bean aroma on the nose. Hints of berried fruit, almost raspberry and a faint note of dark chocolate. Pretty good nose all things considered, and definitely large.

Palate is pure sugar. Lots of thick sweetness and hints of just sugar and water, not honey, not brown sugar, not caramel, or sweet chocolate, just sugar. Coffee like aftertaste marred by molasses and more sugar rush. Not boozy at least, but hits with a big stomach warmth after some time. Cola like body and flat soda feel. Borderline drinkable with an almost syrup raspberry soda quality aftertaste. Nothing gels and the flavors are all over and melded by what seems like an overly sugared brew.

This brew has a solid inviting aroma, with a bunch of pieces that really need improvement. This needs work.

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Photo of hagbergl
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Picked up a 750 mL corked and caged bottle of 3 Stars' Pandemic Porter. I believe this is the initial bottling run of this beer from the up and coming brewery, which is pretty cool, especially for one such as myself who really wants to see great brewing being done in the D.C. area. Poured into my Tired Hands flute glass.

Appearance: Extremely dark, the dark brown head (disappointingly) fizzles out quickly, as if it were soda. This scared me a bit at first, since these glasses were clean and I've never seen foam retreat so quickly. However, my fears are somewhat assuaged since thisseems, at least visually, to be a well-carbonated beer.

Smell: Massive roastiness--notes of espresso and char (almost smoky) are dominant, along with some chocolate and dark fruit, such as figs and dates, likely a product of the chocolate malt and considerable ABV. This beer has an outstanding nose on it.

Taste: The taste follows the nose nicely, with a huge dose of espresso/coffee-like roastiness, but with more chocolate added. There's an underlying charred note that was present in the nose that adds dimension to the flavor as well. Some sweet alcohol also adds depth and contributes a bit of a dark fruit element. A very good tasting imperial porter!

Mouthfeel: Medium. Not thick but slick. Pleasant carbonation level, though this beer cries out for a creamier mouthfeel.

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Photo of nmann08
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is the pandemic porter base beer.

Pours a dark brown, very full and thick tan head.

Smell is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, oats. It smells very sweet, lots of alcohol.

Unfortunately, this is too sweet, heavy malts. Sweet and sticky, not very smooth. The roast comes through, which is nice, but too much brown sugar flavors and alot booze, which overpowers the coffee and chocolate.

Overall, this is a bit messy, but still enjoyable.

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Pandemic Imperial Porter from 3 Stars Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 86 ratings.
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