Richie Imperial Porter
Ale Syndicate

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Porter - Imperial
3.97 | pDev: 10.58%
Ale Syndicate
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Richie Imperial PorterRichie Imperial Porter
Notes: Richie Imperial Porter is powerful and complex. Made with roasted barley and chocolate malts, it balances sharper flavors with a clean, semi-sweet finish.

32 IBU
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

2/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Unknown vintage; drank 12/2/14 @ the Yarchives.

Brown/black hue.

Tan head; minimal lace.

Roasted coffee, oats & some hop dryness in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Sickly sweet milk chocolate & pickle juice flavors; as this warms, a hint of fresh earth makes this almost palatable.

Terrible; I couldn't make it through 12 oz. & I have a drinking problem!

Aug 28, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep pour with obsidian blackness. The head is just otherworldly. It might as well be a nitro. So tight, so smooth, creamy, compacted. Milky swirls where the head once was. Really enjoying this show.

Aroma, dead on chocolate covered cherry. There's really nothing else to say. It's a touch ashy, which adds character, but that dark syrupy cherry goodness covered in bittersweet dark chocolate...that's the nose, right there.

The flavor has less of that, but is still rather great. It starts off slightly ashy, following with milk and dark chocolates swirling together, some caramel, then a touch of sarsaparilla, finally finishing on some cherry syrup and root.

Feel is smooth and velvety, rushing in some assertive carbonation to push things along. The finish is pleasantly leathery, like a good wine.

Overall, having no regrets for buying a whole sixer. I will enjoy the crap out of this, and you should too.

Oct 04, 2016
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Vixie from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A very dark beer, nearly black. Forms an inch or two of a tan head that lingers a bit, leaving some lacing on the sides of my glass as it dissipates.

Smell has roasted malt, chocolate, maybe a bit of dried fruit.

Starts out on the sweet side. There is chocolate and cherry, along with a bit of booze and warming from the alcohol. The overall effect is a bit like liquid chocolate cake with cherries on top.

Fairly smooth going down, although a touch thin for the style.

This is more a winter beer, but I managed to snag a bottle in summer, but I do agree this would be really nice in colder weather. I definitely consider this a dessert beer. it would pair well with a rich chocolate dessert. A pretty good example of the style, worth a try.

Aug 14, 2016
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Rogerlb from California

3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours appropriately dark for a porter. Head is slight, carbonation and thin look similar to black soda.

Aroma is quite rich, a malty dark fruit smell, A bit boozy.

Taste is roasty malt, with a hoppy slight bitter undercurrent. The 8% gives it some body and heft, although lack of char and a slightly thin feel keeps this away from stout territory. I have some coffee, ever so slight chocolate, roasted ale goodness. The sweetness of the booze is feeling rather imperial, not quite in dark ale territory but that's a hint of where this resides on the spectrum.

It's a rather big-feeling porter, quite flavorful, a little on the sweet side and stronger than many porters.

Aug 12, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As a Chicagoan, I must confess that I've never tasted an Ale Syndicate brew. The confession gets worse if I tell you that I was inside their building. Circumstance and Serendipity have met, at least for this brew.

Looks good enough to drink.. even if I had choices.
Aromatics are not full for this style, but this is above average.

Taste in the attack seems average for the imperial alcohol level, but the after-taste is exceptional; not an overwhelming malty bitterness that brewers tend to fall into.
Mouthfeel is average, not smoother than the best. And seems a bit watery for an imperial.

OA: a very decent porter. Both the taste quality and alcohol will bring me back to this porter. A very young brewery that is Chicago-centric; but it deserves distribution beyond my town.

Feb 16, 2016
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Barnoloid from Illinois

3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was fairly decent. A relatively light imperial porter with a chocolate forward feel. Something of a caramel and tangy cola aftertaste, this had a feel of a chocolate soda in a sense, probably as I found the body to be similar in profile.

Jan 31, 2016
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Stevem68 from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate color. Has a chocolate aroma with roasted malts. Flavor is very nice. You get the roasted malts with a stout like chocolate flavor. Nice and smooth to drink with a pleasant mouthfeel and aftertaste. Overall I really enjoyed this.

Jan 15, 2016
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black in the glass, a finger of foam, chunky lacing sticks to the sides.
Aroma is pretty sweet, smells like scorched molasses.

Taste is big on malt sweetness and roastiness, reminds me of a baltic porter like Zywiec.
Aftertaste is dry with a lingering piney bitterness. Full bodied and viscous, a little too sweet for my taste, odd sugars and a little bit of noticeable booze. Overall it's fairly interesting, unique for a local beer. It reminds me of $2 pint bottles of Polish porters, which I enjoy but this is too sweet for me.
Polish kielbasa.

Thanks to Bob for this one!

Dec 19, 2015
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark pour with decent texture. Aroma smelled of a nice chocolate and fruity mix. Very pleasant taste, with decent carbonation and a nice kick to it. Very good strong beer and I look forward to this offering in the future.

Mar 01, 2015
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rhoadsrage from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a nonic)
This beer has an opaque black body with a thin ring of tan foam that last a bit. The smell is a mellow char but pronounced and some chocolate malt notes in the finish. The taste brings on much more character. Rich chocolate malt flavor has a light earthiness to it with a toasted malt note underneath and a soft chalk flavor in the finish. There is a roasted note that lingers nicely after each sip. The creamy carbonation enhances the finish of the beer nicely.

This is mellow but rich and is a classic porter with great chocolate malt flavors with some good depth but still very drinkable.

Jan 21, 2015
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MaximalC from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly diluted chestnut color with a thin cap of coarse khaki bubbles that soon dissippates. Bold aroma smells of molasses, dark fruit, cherry cough syrup, and baking chocolate, with perhaps a faint trace of grassy hops. If this tastes anywhere near as good as it smells, I’m in for a real treat.

The taste features big roasted coffee up front with molasses and the cough syrup alluded to by the nose, courtesy of some herbal hops. Hints of peat and dark chocolate lurk beneath the surface as well. The mouthfeel is palpably thin, creating a distracting contrast with the robust flavor profile. The alcohol is not especially well-concealed either, leaving a perpetual sting on the tongue while drinking. Carbonation is on the high end of moderate, which reinforces the light mouthfeel that doesn’t really belong.

I picked this up on a whim not expecting much, and while I was encouraged by the aroma, the overall experience falls short of what I would have liked. I’ll give it credit for full flavor, but the thin body and unwieldy alcohol don’t justify its more positive aspects.

Nov 16, 2014
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