Imperial Porter | Ten Ninety Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Ten Ninety Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Created in 18th century London, porters were some of the first mass-produced and consumed beers of the industrial revolution. Porter evolved from a blend of brown and darker beers that were precursors to stouts. Tradition has it that these beers were favored by porters and other physical laborers.

Ten Ninety Imperial Porter is fiery elegance. Our porter is brewed with ample Munich, mild brown and de-bittered black malts for a chocolaty, espresso base. To contrast this bittersweet backbone, we added an ample dose of cayenne pepper, and tempered this heat with tart pomegranate juice.

Added by TMoney2591 on 06-10-2013

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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by joe1510:
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3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Binny's - Willowbrook

Ten Ninety's ImperialPorter pours like a Coke. A body so brown you can't see through it. Head that I can actually hear crackling and fizzing before it bubbles away to nothing. Tiny bubbles are active and try to keep at least a ring alive but even that is too difficult in this high gravity libation.

The nose seems to step it up a notch, which honestly wouldn't be all that difficult. The roast is dark and brings along a goodly amount of freshly brewed coffee.I'm assuming it's the pomegranate that's providing the berry like flavors, but it could just be the roast, because I'm not getting pomegranate. A dash of cream compliments the coffee and I can certainly pick out the cayenne, adding a touch of earthiness on the periphery. I'm liking the smell of this beer.

The pomegranate is more forward in the flavor than the nose, again reminiscent of berries more so than pomegranate. The roast is darkly fruity, plums and figs mostly, both overripe. The cayenne adds to the fruit aspect with an earthiness that rounds it all out and adding a touch of wet tobacco. The coffee and cream isn't as noticeable as in the nose but it's there if you pay attention.

A heftier body would help out this monsterous porter. The weight is moderate and the active carbonation makes it feel even lighter but does add creaminess on the swallow. This gripe is fairly minor. The cayenne brings moderate lingering heat to the back of the throat that's actually quite welcomed. Drinkability is low simply because of style and heat but I could,and will, spend a while drinking this slowly.

This is by no means your average porter. Some may say it's overdone, some may say it's too hot, some may say...Who gives a shit what some say? I think it's a unique treat that I'd pick up again in the future. I have some minor gripes but they're nothing to stop me from drinking this again. Whether you end up enjoying this beer or not it's worth a try.

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More User Reviews:
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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

This thing was truly a mess. I enjoy pepper beers that have something to offset the spice. I prefer it to be a note in the overall flavor profile rather than an onslaught. The body is too thin, the pomegranate is hidden in there but overwhelmed. I think elegance is the last word I would ever use to describe this beer. Unless you consider a jean claude van damme karate chop to the mouth and throat elegant.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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4.55/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown pour with light brown thin head that goes away within a minute or so. Faint burnt aroma. Peppers shine through in a great way here. Love the amount of heat along with the roasty malt. Medium body and medium carbonation. Heat keeps coming back. Not for the timid yet extremely enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 FL OZ bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black in color with no light coming through. It is topped with an inch of mocha head that leaves virtually no head.

It has a tart aroma. There is some roasted malt aroma, and I can smell the cayenne pepper.

It starts out with a tart porter taste. Honestly it reminds me of a tart stout. The cayenne is noticeable in the back of my throat. It is an interesting combination of flavors.

Full mouthfeel

This is an interesting beer. I like all that is going on here. The tartness and the heat really work for my palate.

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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5/5  rDev +33%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Imperial Porter from Ten Ninety Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 94 ratings