Hello Darkness
River North Brewery

Hello DarknessHello Darkness
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River North Brewery
Colorado, United States
Imperial Porter
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4.15 | pDev: 2.65%
Aug 20, 2023
Apr 30, 2023
Hello, Darkness is an imperial porter that is as black as the label on the bottle. At 11% ABV, you’ll pick up notes of roast, subtle hints of smoke, chocolate, and fruits in this porter.
Recent ratings and reviews.
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured the color of cold brewed coffee with a tall beige head.
The aroma was sadly lost on my Covid damaged nose.
The taste was unlike any Porter I’ve had before: no malt char or any harsh anything, coffee and chocolate and vanilla and an almost toffee like flavor. That all sounds very sweet but it really isn’t.
The feel is very good, maybe a little thin for the imperial style but very drinkable.
OA, this is an amazing porter and I am glad I got the chance to try it. Thanks Dave!
Aug 20, 2023
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a clear, very dark brown mahogany tone, opaque in the glass; one-finger plus thick head, semi-creamy and khaki colored, long lasting. An amazing aroma; rounded, charred grain aroma; very browned bread crust; faint hint of toasted coconut. Powerful taste; rich dark and milk chocolate with mild burnt toast notes; refrained booziness; roasted bitterness counterpointing the dark grain sweetness. Heavy body; smooth and silky; deceptively dense body.

One seldom comes across an imperial porter with so much depth and complexity, but the dark beer wizards at River North have created a beautiful example of what can be done with this style.

Pouring temperature: 51 °F; bottling info: VINTAGE 2023
Source: local purchase (Coaltrain Fine Wine, Craft Beer & Spririts)
Aug 04, 2023
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Reviewed by Humanusfermentum from Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Noticed that River North might have brewed a black ipa in the past with the same name (with the addition of a comma). Grabbed this imperial porter from Tavour. Bottle notes "Vintage 2023".
Hate to give straight fours, but that's the way it hits:
L: Deep mahogany pour with a persistent, swirly, micha ring.
S: Roasty, with more than a touch of smokiness.
T: Smoky, roasty, nutty, dark chocolate, some woody notes, and an umami finish. Initially there was some coffee and a soft bitter, but those vanished as it warmed and the other flavors deepened.
F: Smooth, creamy even, with a fullness I don't get from a lot of porters.
Apr 30, 2023