Collective Project: Imperial Porter | Collective Arts Brewing

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Collective Project: Imperial PorterCollective Project: Imperial Porter

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Collective Arts Brewing
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by WillieThreebiers on 01-05-2017

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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by yancot:
Photo of yancot
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More User Reviews:
Photo of wordemupg
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

473ml can poured into tulip 29/1/17

a looks black as night sitting on the table but has a deep edge when tilted, thumbs width of mocha foam hangs around for a few sips leaving a couple rings

S cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, some leafy earthy notes, raisins, a little char and hard to place dark fruit

T rich chocolate is even stronger, fudge, faint cold coffee, has everything the nose with some nice additions and its strong

M silky and smooth, bubbles take a moment but cream up, slick on the palate and just a little sticky on the lips

O rich and goes down maybe a little to easy, another winner from these guys

I've had great luck with everything I've had from these guys and this one may also work its way into my regular rotation

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Photo of Cramshawbar
2.85/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Porters appeal to me in a rather specific style. Not too much bitterness and the addition of coffee, vanilla and the possibly milk. This brew has none of that and it is much too bitter.
I am sure that it is well done, but just not for me.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473ml can - nice Rick and Morty alien-esque imagery on the label.

This beer pours a fairly solid black abyss, with scant orange cola basal edges, and three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly brown head, which leaves some burbling cauldron lace around the glass as it lazily subsides.

It smells of roasted caramel malt, a hint of biscuity toffee, bittersweet cocoa powder, subtle day-old cafe-au-lait notes, a understated dark orchard fruitiness, and some plain leafy, earthy, and gently perfumed floral green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, gooey toffee squares, some minor free-range ashiness, rich medium chocolate, well-creamed coffee, a touch of black licorice zinginess, and more tame leafy, weedy, and piney verdant hops.

The carbonation is quite low-key in its bored-seeming frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with a nice airy creaminess evolving as things warm up a tad. It finishes off-dry, the chocolate and caramel essences most prevalent.

Overall, this is a pleasant enough big-boy Porter, the elevated alcohol more or less well-hidden, with the confection-friendly flavours abounding. Easy to drink, and a suitably hedonistic start to my first Friday evening out on the town in a hell of a long time!

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pine can with excellent artwork. I concider these to be a new collection of mine. Fine art. Lol. 11/30/17 opened on 1/15/18

Opaque blackness is the color...or should I say, the absence of color. A scattered, mocha-like foam froth is thick around tbe edges with a swirling middle. Scattered bubbles and froth have some minimal coverage, but the dark brown ring around the circumfrance of the Chimay Goblet is impressive.

Amazingly dense roasty malt aroma, charred chocolate and oats, burnt maple syrup, vanilla and cream....toasty marshmellow's and subtle but sweet dark fruits.
A rather dark and bold nose.

The body, feel and texture is unreal, soo smoooth, slippery, full, chalky, dry....and a bit of heat tingle to boot. Damn. So lush and silky.

The flavor has chalky, grainy, dry and bitter earthy tones from the hops, bitter bakers chocolate follows, cream and vanilla taste silky sweet. Darkest roasty, toasty malted barley is DDANK. Layers, and layers of malted barley complexity. Frothy, dark roasted espresso coffeee stylie...mixed with earthy, dry, grains, hurnt wheat and oats. The balance is dominated by dry, earthy, bitter hops and malt, coffee is dominant. This one gives just about any Imperial Porter or Stout a run for the $. Reminds me very much of the famous Imperial Stout by Stone Brewing Co.

Overall, this thing has deep layers of malt flavor and full bodied texturer's Dense and heady all the way around.

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Photo of Sammy
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a nice finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Filmy lace, somewhat thick. The aroma had a great blend of roastiness to sweet milk chocolate. Subtle dark chocolate bites at the edges. Super subtle caramel malts, and then light toast. The flavor keeps the roast aligned nicely with the sweet and punches in some of the bitterness of the coffee bean. Moderate sticky roasty aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sipping quality about it. Moderate carbonation feels good. ABV feels right as well. Overall, good imperial porter that I would have again.

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Photo of StormAles
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry black chocolate notes with light roasted malt notes is enticing. Taste is a mix of bitter black chocolate notes with some light roasted malt with very little residual sugar notes. Body is full with somewhat of a creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol notes. Solid rendition of the style with good drinkability.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

473ml bottle poured int Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours totally black with a thin cap of mocha head that leaves Roman archway lace as it recedes.

Smells of dark fudge, sugared coffee, hot chocolate powder, caramelized sugar, raisin tarts and wood smoke.

Tastes of strong creamy coffee, melted black chocolate, indistinct dark fruitiness, singed caramel, smoky ash and soft green hops.

Feels big and chewy. Full-bodied with soft carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Highly recommended. Another really good beer for a great price.

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Photo of ikidunot
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IBUBrew
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of patre_tim
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown with an amber tinge, topped with 3 fingers of deep beige head.

Smells of chocolate and coffee, with a creamy sweetness and a slight smokiness.

Chocolate, cocoa, coffee, and a light sweetness.

Medium body, with a moderate carbonation. Very smooth and velvety.

Got in Hamilton, ON, a couple days ago, drinking in Muskoka January 6th, 2017. Very good, delicious, smooth beer with a hidden ABV.

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Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from the LCBO for around $5

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Photo of sliv
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mousel
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thehyperduck
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

473 mL can from the LCBO; dated Dec 5 2017 and served barely chilled.

Pours jet black, with roughly one inch of smooth, creamy, tan-coloured head filling out the top of my glass. Big bubbles soon grow out of the initial tiny ones, giving the foam a "sponge toffee" look as it steadily dissipates over the course of the next five minutes or so. A messy, soapy-looking collar of froth is left behind, and a few swathes of sticky, uneven lacing have also been scattered about. The aroma is rich, inviting and rife with roasted malt character - I'm getting dark chocolate fudge, cocoa and toasted biscuit, as well as some caramelized malt sweetness, accented by hints of coffee, raisin, and a wisp of herbal hops.

The flavours are fully developed, approaching 'decadent' but never quite arriving there. Molasses and caramelized sugars give the front end a sweet kick, with notes of baker's chocolate and dark chocolate shavings following soon after. Faint suggestions of vanilla and indeterminate dark fruit are easily lost amidst the intricacies of the back end - bitter chocolate, black coffee and charred grains provide a suitable counterpoint to this porter's more saccharine elements. Finishes with some earthy, herbal hops and a lingering bitter baker's chocolate note, with a warming sensation continuing into the clingy, persistent, not-quite-dry aftertaste. It's delicious, to be clear, but its strongest trait may in fact be its medium-full body, with mild carbonation levels that provide only a limp bite. Very smooth and slick in texture, with relatively high drinkability for something listed at 8.6%.

Final Grade: 4.2, an A-. Collective Arts' Imperial Porter is an impressively well-made robust porter that I have enjoyed thoroughly on several occasions over the past few weeks. Its roasted malt-forward flavours are intense, yet properly balanced, being both complex and familiar at the same time. It's also dangerously drinkable, though the $5/can price point (in this market) will likely go a long way toward reducing said danger. I don't know if I'd say that it's a must-try beer... but if you happen to spot it on the shelves, you can rest assured that it will be a safe and worthwhile purchase.

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Photo of bixby1971
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chipotle
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of byronic
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ry_Guy_75
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very very nice balance in terms of use of hops and choclate malty smokey flavours . Its a slow sipper for sure and quite heavy but defenitly a beer I would have again ! 8/10 for me would highly recommend to dark beer drinkers !!

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jotora
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

473 ml can served fairly cold into a tulip. LCBO purchase for about $4.95 CDN. Canned November 14, 2017.

Appearance - Pours a slick, near black colored beer. Two fingers of dark tan colored foam rest on top and stay for a long duration. Plenty of sticky lace left behind. An Imposing looking brew.

Smell - Plenty of coffee, some molasses and caramel with a hint of vanilla. Quite roasty although the nose isn't that big for a beer of this ilk. A touch of piney aromas too.

Taste - Starts somewhat sweet with caramel and grain up front with a dash of vanilla. Transitions to roasty with coffee, and leather especially shining through. Hints of smoke and tobacco mixed in as well. Finishes in between the sweetness of the start and the bitterness and roastiness of the middle. Chocolate cake mixed in throughout.

Mouthfeel - Very slick, middling carbonation and fairly heavy duty body, although not as thick as some of the bigger >10% ABV stouts out there. Finishes medium dry.

Overall - A very good imperial porter / stout with lots of yummy flavors and smells accompanied by a feel that puts it among the best in it's class. This Collective Project is certainly another hit.

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Collective Project: Imperial Porter from Collective Arts Brewing
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 54 ratings