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American Imperial Porter
4.32 | pDev: 6.71%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Imperial Coconut Porter aged in rum barrels
Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 123 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of stortore
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 5/24/18, had 1/21/20.

Pours a murky dark brown, mostly opaque, with a half inch foamy head and some foamy cling. Aromas of rum, chocolate, coconut, malted milk balls, caramel, vanilla, molasses, malt, some cocoa, light char, a little oak, a hint of licorice. The flavors follow the aroma- rum, chocolate, coconut, vanilla, malt, cocoa, caramel, molasses, oak, a hint of licorice. Some light alcohol warming. Ridiculously smooth for the ABV- I say that about every beer I have from this series, somewhat creamy, a solid full body, well carbonated.

The rum barrels are excellent, the coconut shines, but the chocolate is the sneaky star of this. Well balanced, drinks too easily, very enjoyable.

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stortore from Illinois, Apr 06, 2020
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4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2018 vintage, fantastic beer, definitely taking their green foil coconut porter to the next level with the rum barrels and even higher abv, its aged will until now, and doesnt drink as strong as it is. its rich and gooey, leggy and thick near black, viscous like crude oil, some head from the little bottle. it smells amazing once i get back all the alcohol, which takes a minute to rise up and kind of blow off, tight in the bottle for sure here. massive toasted coconut in the nose, the sweetness of the rum, some vanilla from all the oak, seems very mature to me, cool nuances of earthy and bitter cocoa nibs that balance, some bananas foster with the bruleed sugar, tropical in a desserty way and beyond than what the coconut contributes somehow, molasses, brown sugar, clove, black pepper, and high end espresso. the flavor is all of this, strong on the brown sugar and earthy qualities, and there definitely seems like more rum on this than their is bourbon on the green foil one, but its not too sweet or hot to drink, its smooth and oddly mellow for this strength. i taste this forever, almost got a cordial vibe to it, a bit of oxidation creeping in im not sure this would make it another two years. a fun one to share, one i thought i had missed until it was generously shared as part of a pretty epic avery session. one of the highlights in an impressive lineup!

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4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. The body is pitch black, with a thin brown head. Aromas consist of fresh coconut, dark chocolate, molasses, and a hint of Barbados rum. Flavors are the same, but the rum is more pronounced, which I like as a huge fan of rum. The feel is medium bodied with low carbonation. As for the ABV, it's warming, but doesn't bite.

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Ninjakillzu from Washington, Jan 06, 2020
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4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A bottle share from my parents
Take16 snifter

Silky black, beige ring of head with loose lace

Aroma is faint, of roast malt, cocoa, slight sweet rum, apple, coconut.

Flavor is rich with bitter dark chocolate, fruity dark wine, dark berries, slight coconut shreds, antiseptic rum/alcohol, slight oak/caramel.

Feel is thick but medium, and tannic with some stickiness and resins, lots of good warming sticky dry heat, dry finish with more heat.

Overall a very good beer, but price is a bugger. I'd pay about $8-9 but not the $14 that it commands.

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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, Jan 06, 2020
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4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5/24/18. Lighter dark brown (if there is such a thing), mild lacing. Smell is straight coconut and woody rum barrels. Taste is coconut, rum barrel, dark malt, notes of vanilla. Feel is slightly oily, medium body, mouth watering finish, heavy booze content. Quite enjoyable.

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mschrei from Illinois, Jul 06, 2019
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4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a thin brown head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of mildly toasted dark malt, vanilla, oak, dark fruit and faint coconut. Flavor is semi-sweet dark malt with light toastiness, rum, vanilla, hints of cocoa and dark fruit, coconut. Medium bodied with light creaminess and sharp carbonation. The porter character is rather subsumed into the massive rum barrel influence; sweet and boozy. The coconut is faded, but that is my fault, I shouldn't have held this for so long. The rest, ad usual for Avery, has held up beautifully to time. Really too big to be a porter, rather a big rum soaked, strong ale, and a very satisfying one. Avery really has mastered the art of massive ales that are still a pleasure to drink and this is one of them. Rum is one barrel flavor that I have found works with a wide range of base beers, and I'm very happy to drink this one. Certainly would get it again, although the ABV is really daunting.

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LiquidAmber from Washington, Jun 28, 2019
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4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black with a one finger tan head after an aggressive pour. It quickly fades to a thin collar of foam. The aroma has rum, chocolate, and coconut, Has a very sweet taste with chocolate, rum, coconut, vanilla, oak. and molasses. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. A nice smooth, easy to drink beer, and probably the biggest abv i have ever had for a "porter".

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hardy008 from Minnesota, May 10, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent mahogany with a thumb of mocha colored head. Viscous, no lacing or head retention

S: Toasty coconut, chocolate, rum & coke once a little warm

T: Follows the nose, a little bit of rum & coke as well, with booze warmth. Vanilla, coke, a little toasty coconut & just enough booze heat to keep things fun as this warms up, just a touch of barrel dryness, & a little raisin. Finishes dry with a little fig, plus rum & coke

MF: Medium body, light carbonation, carbonation, builds a little as it warms

Pretty good offering, but was expecting greatness at this price. ABV is well hidden

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russpowell from Arkansas, Apr 06, 2019
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4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled on 'MAY 24 2018'. Label has ABV% as 16.2%.
Dark brown colored body, with brown back lit highlights. Partial finger tan head, which receces to partial cap and ring. Leaves behind a wide scattering of small spots.
Aroma is dark roasted malts and toasted coconut.
Taste is dark roasted malts, rum barrel, and toasted coconut. Something like chocolate addes in. Rather sweet but dry. Alcohol is hidden well.
Thinner mouth feel. Okay carbonation.
This is an imperial porter that hides the high ABV% well, and offers added flavors of coconut and rum. Quite the island experience.

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Photo of Rristow
4.79/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tasted on draft. Pours black with brown head. Aroma of cocoa and caramel. Thick and chewy. No boozy notes at all. Very dangerous. Flavors of coconut, chocolate, molasses, caramel. Awesome beer.

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4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with a finger of beige head. Everything about this offering is super sweet, bordering on overly sweet. The rum barrel brings a strong brown sugar essence to this offering, especially in the nose. The mouthfeel is sticky. It is amazing that a beer which has such a high ABV has no hint of booziness at all.

Dangerously drinkable diabetes in a bottle. Yet, an oddly attractive offering nonetheless.

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57md from Pennsylvania, Feb 17, 2019
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4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Had this beer on-tap at The Answer Brewpub, poured into a snifter glass. Had a deep, dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was a half inch of creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A sharp aroma of booze, coconut, malt, chocolate, and molasses.

T: Tasted of a good amount of chocolate (always welcome), light molasses notes, a good amount of rum (and its accompanying barrel), and a good shot of coconut. This is a big, bracing, and aggressive flavor. The rum definitely takes center stage, but the chocolate and coconut mesh well with it. A pretty well done flavor.

F: An OK amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a rock solid beer. Worth a try.

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avalon07 from South Carolina, Feb 09, 2019
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3.44/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I'm consuming this seven months after bottling date. Considering the 16.2% ABV, not much should have changed during that time. I'm trying this right out of the fridge, and after letting it sit in the glass to bring it up to the recommended 45-55 degrees. Minimal difference that is not worth elaboration.

Dark beer, dark cola head that vanishes within 2 minutes. Smells like chocolate, coconut, and a little booze. As far as taste goes, I will admit that it's very chocolatey, like a chocolate sugar cookie with shredded coconut on it. The bottle makes a big deal out of the rum barrels it's been aged in, but for how long, and what is the quality of the rum? I'm a big rum fan, and simply saying "rum" or "bourbon" on a beer bottle does not guarantee a good experience. These are questions that don't have answers.

Good beer, but I paid $16 for a 12 ounce bottle, just to try it. That is really steep, even for a good beer. They need to cut out the rum barrels, drop the imperial ABV and call it a chocolate coconut porter at 7.5%, and it will be worth buying at $12 per six-pack. There's too much of the "limited, annual series" foofaraw to make this enjoyable. Besides, who's willing to go through 12 ounces of something at 16% ABV? That's work, not pleasure, unless you like passing out on the pool table with your pants pulled down.

Overall, it's worth drinking, but it's not worth buying.

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Cyrion from Virginia, Jan 18, 2019
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4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, bottled May 24, 2018, Batch No. 1, label says 16.2% ABV. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with almost an inch tan head that stayed around for a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like rum, coconut, roasted malt, molasses, chocolate and coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, with rum, coconut, molasses, cherry, burnt/charred malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate and caramel flavors noticeable. The coconut/chocolate flavor is similar to a Mounds bar, but overall the aroma and taste were mostly sweet. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden for being 16.2% ABV, I thought it would be boozier tasting. I liked this a lot, definitely worth picking up if you come across some! $13.99 a bottle.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a goblet. Bottled 5/24/18, so 7 months old.

Jet black body, Generous dark cream colored head leaving great lacing.

The aroma is only medium strength rum, nothing else.

Very good taste. Rum barrel aging nicely done, not too heavy. Good full stouty taste. Not getting any of the toasted coconut though.

Full on the mouth, a little boozy on the finish.

Overall, and enjoyable well made BA Stout. A little disappointed in not finding the coconut

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MikeWard from Pennsylvania, Jan 07, 2019
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4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very strong toasted coconut taste. Full-bodied porter. Wasn't sure if coconut flavor was too upfront, but it mellowed to perfection as the beer warmed. Absolute insanity that it's a 16.2% abv and you still can't detect any boozy quality. Sensational beer!

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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey, Jan 04, 2019
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4.86/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The best beer I've ever had, hands down. The deep molasses, chocolate, malt flavor with a hint of coconut and cherries, finishes sweet, with the taste of coffee and molasses lingering on your tongue. Just incredible.

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4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another gigantic beer from Avery, and one of the best rum-aged beers I've had. Pours thick and opaque, with a full finger of tan head leaving ample lacing behind--somewhat unexpected for a 16.2% ABV bruiser. The nose is appealing but not super powerful, with heavy chocolate truffle complemented by lighter coconut and cherry cordial notes. On the palate, I get much the same, with the addition of Avery's trademark aggressive yeast character and an overall greater intensity of flavor. The Bounty or Mounds bar comparisons are easy to make, with the final impression and finish having a substantial sweetness to it.

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4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted like a boozy girl scout samoa cookie. The burnt coconut, caramel, and chocolate malt pair wonderfully with the rum, spices and hints of coffee. Had a smooth and chewy nougat feel and taste. Smell is a little rum heavy, pour is jet black with no foam or lacing. The big question of 15.2% abv hidden or not is a solid kind of, present but not overpowering.

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REVZEB from Illinois, Oct 22, 2018
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4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle dated 6/24/2018

A: Very dark brown with smallish one finger head. Decent retention settling to a thin ring and leaving some nice lacing.

S: Aroma is dominated by sweet rum and vanilla although bits of coconut come through in the end.

T: Again rum taking the driver’s seat, but mixed with molasses, vanilla, and coconut.

M: Full bodied with fairly light carbonation. Alcohol readily apparent and finish is a little sweet.

O: Very nice BA imperial porter. I wish the coconut was more pronounced, but otherwise a tasty brew.

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richj1970 from Alabama, Aug 20, 2018
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4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an amazing rum barral porter. Coconut is barely there but enough to make a positive impact without seeming overpowering. The lack of heavy astringent flavours that a stout would have provided is welcome.

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csmrx7 from Alberta (Canada), Aug 19, 2018
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4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Rich, buttery, coconut. With a bit of fudge. Really amazing porter. For the ABV it is unbelievable how easy it is to drink. If you see this brew out, pick it up.

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4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours deep black with a thin head. The aroma is heady and boozy, with a load of sweet vanilla and coconut, with rum, fudge, vanilla, and a hint of soy. The flavor is ludicrously rich, with a massive load of rum flavor right upfront, then milk and dark chocolate, coconut, vanilla, hot fudge - this really is a very sweet beer, but thankfully the booziness cuts through some of this. Mouthfeel is cloying sweet and thick with mild foaming carbonation. Overall this is an impressive beer, with bold, well defined flavors, but wow is it sweet - maybe a little overwhelming.

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Czequershuus from Minnesota, Aug 11, 2018
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3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great-tasting beer at an eye-rising price but boy does it pack a punch! Nice deep black color with a little tan head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of vanilla, rum, wood, coffee and a little coconut. Tastes similarly, along with caramel, chocolate and a strong slug of alcohol booziness. Very smooth with a moderately heavy mouthfeel but boy you really feel that high ABV going all the way down the esophagus. Decent carbonation. A very tasty beer but so overly boozy and heavy - the only reason it wasn’t rated higher. Would be great in smaller doses. Just don’t agree with the super-premium pricing of this beer.

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beersampler6 from Michigan, Aug 05, 2018
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5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look was jet black.
head disapated quickly
Smell of coconuts
Taste was semi sweet, boozy and lots of coconut flavor. Nice finish
Feel very smooth
This was offered as a guest tap at door four brewery in Decatur. Be careful 1 10oz was plenty at 16% abv. Well done Avery!

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tp1962 from Illinois, Jul 28, 2018
Plank'd from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 123 ratings