Collective Project: Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter
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Porter - Imperial
Ranked #97
Ranked #5,602
4.13 | pDev: 9.44%
Collective Arts Brewing
Ontario, Canada
Collective Project: Barrel-Aged Imperial PorterCollective Project: Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter
Notes: A super-charged version of our Imperial Porter. Aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels for over a year, this new Collective Project delivers a smooth combination of rich chocolate flavours from our Imperial porter, married with vanilla and warming alcohol from the barrels. Coming in at 11.5% ABV, in 500ml bottles – this one will warm you up this winter, or cellar it for next year!

2018 - Beautiful Art tube packaging with a poster print of Kait Cooper’s art.

2019 - Packaged in a gorgeous gift tube, featuring art by Edgar Allan Slothman. Each bottle comes with a print of Edgar’s design that matches the label and tube.
Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 68 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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superspak from Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/2/2019. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1--2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a small cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, roasted nuts, and dark/brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of licorice, raisin, prune, fig, date, coffee, smoke, char, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel notes; with big strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, roasted nuts, and dark/brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of licorice, raisin, prune, fig, date, coffee, smoke, char, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Mild pine, herbal, grass, pepper, roast, charred bitterness; bourbon/oak spiciness; and slight fruit tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, roasted nuts, dark/brown bread/crust, licorice, coffee, dark fruit, smoke, char, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; with an awesome roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and no cloying/acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is great. Mild increasing warmth of 11.5%, with minimal lingering barrel booze after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic barrel aged imperial porter. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV; with the mellowly bitter/charred/tannic/drying finish. Great soft/silky feel for the ABV. Fantastic balance of super rich malts, fruity English yeast, and Bourbon barrel presence/integration; with solid earthy hops. Light residual sweetness with lingering hop/char dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding spot on style example. Fits properly into a Baltic or English style category.

May 24, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into a snifter. 2018 edition, had 9/5/19.

Pours dark brown, opaque, with a half inch foamy head and some spotty, foamy lacing. Aromas of bourbon, cocoa, vanilla, chocolate, malt, char, caramel- more as it warms, light oak. The flavor starts with a good amount of bourbon, then malt, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, cocoa, light fudge. A little harsh, a good body on the thinner side for the style, well carbonated.

Lots of chocolate, great overall aroma. The body could be a little fuller, which causes this to be fairly barrel forward. Certainly enjoyable, but has a high price point for what it is.

Mar 26, 2020
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

50 cl bottle

Pours opaque black, tan head dissipates from a film to a bit of lacing.

Aroma of fig, walnut, molasses, cocoa, caramel, and oak.

Flavor is of molasses, caramel, cocoa, coffee bean, walnut, toast, oak, and bourbon.

Full body, stinging carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Tastes great, beautiful pour, goes down slow and smooth. Nothing to complain about. A real treat and worth trying for sure.

Mar 23, 2020
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thehyperduck from Canada

4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle-in-a-tube from the LCBO; dated Oct 2 2019 and served at cellar temperature.

Pours ebony black with ruby red highlights, capped off by half an inch of frothy, beige-coloured head that seeps away within a couple minutes' time. An unremarkable collar of foam is all that's left over, as neither cap nor lace remain. Bourbon booziness is far and away the most noticeable aspect on the nose, followed closely by charred oak, treacle, butter toffee and vanilla. There are also notes of coffee and cocoa, as well as a hint of date, but it's the barrel that dominates the aroma at the expense of everything else.

An intense and relentless beer, with multiple waves of flavours marching across the taste buds in sequence. Towards the front end I'm getting hints of raisin and date, as well as molasses and caramelized sugars, but the barrel flavours, erm, barrel directly through all of that by mid-sip. Bourbon, oak, burnt wood and vanilla are next to come through, with licorice and alcohol rounding out the finish; plenty more burnt wood, bourbon and alcohol carry on into aftertaste. Medium in body, with low carbonation levels that weakly brush against the surface of the palate. Feels smooth on the tongue, but also somewhat thin, at least for a high octane porter such as this. 500 mL was a bit too much for me, but I did finish it after a couple hours of sipping.

Final Grade: 4.12, an A-. Collective Arts' 2019 BBA Imperial Porter is one of those beers that will put some hair on your chest. Honestly, it's a bit too much for me, so if (like myself) you are not a serious bourbon fan, I'd suggest letting this bottle mellow out in the cellar for 8-12 months before cracking it open. I might pick up another bottle and do just that... but at this price point, I also might not. Worth trying at least once, ideally shared with someone you know will appreciate it, or perhaps with someone who will be pleasantly surprised by such a fierce beer specimen.

Mar 15, 2020
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dd53grif from Michigan

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a minimal tan head that lasts quite a while. Aroma is bourbon and chocolate. Tastes of bourbon and chocolate. Not sweet. Good mouth feel.

Mar 12, 2020
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a snifter glass. Had a dark, mahogany brown color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Below average lacing.

S: A very nice aroma of bourbon, dark chocolate, coffee, malt, vanilla, and molasses.

T: Tasted of a bit of malt (present throughout; a subtle factor), a tinge of vanilla, some molasses (a fleeting presence), a lot of bourbon (and its accompanying barrel), a hint of coffee (not a huge component), and some dark chocolate as well. A focused, solid, and balanced flavor. A good combo of sweet and boozy.

F: A below average amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A well done porter. Worth a try.

Feb 08, 2020
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WanderingRonin from Canada

4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a very, very dark, rich looking brown color with some mahogany highlights to it, poured with a half finger width of fine dark mocha colored head that had a poor retention to it and leaves only tiny patches of watery lacing on the glass.

Mild but present aroma to it of some dark fruits, dark chocolate and light hints of coffee.

Heavy bodied roasty malt flavor forward, intense and dark with a perfect blend of strong dark fruits like loads of prunes, plums and dates along with bitter dark chocolate and aromatic black coffee with some lightly sweet, burned brown sugar and molasses note that increases in flavor as it warms along with gaining a faintly acrid sour note to it.

Finishes with a faintly bitter woody, herbal hop flavor on the back end and a light hint of aromatic bourbon with some faint oak & vanilla notes to it, still even with the bourbon hints it is less boozy tasting then its %11.5 would lead you to believe with a slick almost satiny mouth-feel, leaving an aromatic lingering coffee notes on the palate and a nice warmth to the back end.

Exceptionally well balanced example of an Imperial porter, no gimmicks to it just bold, flavorful and smooth.

Jan 19, 2020
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BGDrock from Canada

3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Body is dark as night, the pour slowly forming a thick cloud of head, colour of espresso foam, with several minutes retention.
Aromas of chocolate and medium roast coffee, vanilla, and fruity, boozy sweetness like rum or bourbon. A touch smoky. Some raisins, rum soaked cherries. Very interesting.
Taste is a mix of sugary sweetness and dark chocolate without the bitterness. Loads of fruity rum flavour, and leather, vanilla. Marshmallow. Syrupy feel, with mild alcohol heat in the finish, which is cloying with residual sugars. Almost feels like a liqueur more than a beer. Low to medium carbonation.

Disappointed in the dominance of the sugars, it's overbearing. Not so much as to make it unpleasant, but with more balance this could be a fantastic beer, all the other elements are there. Next time pump up the roast flavours and dial done the sugar.

Jan 19, 2020
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.59/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz. capped bottle in a fancy tube. In Night Shift stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Nose is roasted malt, ethanol and cocoa powder. Relatively mild. Beer opens roasted malt, cocoa powder, smoke and booze. Molasses and bittersweet chocolate in the middle with touches of licorice and peat. More bourbon sweetness at the end with a roasty finish. Solid. Body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. Prickly and lively on the palate and goes down accented with a sticky, lingering finish. This one's a touch too thin.

Flavors are on point here but the body and nose are kind of lacking. Fantastic look and packaging though.

Jan 18, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like dark chocolate, charred oak, coffee, caramel, vanilla, dark fruit, and some booze.

This is incredibly well-executed. There's a lot of barrel, but it only adds a touch of booze to it. There's some barrel char, some bourbon, and some vanilla, along with lots of chocolate, some coffee, too, and a touch of raisin.

This is a touch thin, which kind of adds to the bit of boozy feeling this gives off. It's creamy though, which is good.

Other than being a little bit thin, this is a really impressive beer. It's probably the best that Collective Arts has done.

Dec 31, 2019
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Cramshawbar from Canada

3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It seems that when it comes to porter, it better have coffee within or it better be aged in bourbon barrel, otherwise it's just a bitter with dark chocolate in it. At least for me.
Now, sometimes the bourbon barrel is still not good enough, like the case with Nickel Brook (who basically makes most of their beer taste nasty anyway). As some of you know, Collective Arts actually brews Nickel Brook's recipes and I'm afraid that they rubbed off each other a bit. This beer is a bit too brutal. Maybe it needs to age and settle a bit in the bottle. Maybe those barrels needed a bit of a rinse. In either case, this is not one of my favourites and the price tag is ridiculous for a local beer. It is with that latter point added that I give the overall rate under 4.

Dec 28, 2019
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very excited to finally open this one to celebrate Christmas Eve 2019! I bought this earlier this year (I think in January?) and have been holding onto it for a special occasion, so here it is. This year has been a weird one, but parts of it have been great to outweigh the confusing and negative parts, so I will now consume this and toast to the upcoming decade, particularly its first year in 2020... prost!

First of all, this is obviously a fantastic package. Collective Arts goes all-out on their BBA porter releases apparently, as this was like $15 from what I remember. It's a 16.9 oz bottle, the beer within clocks in at 11.5% ABV, and it comes in a cylindrical cardboard box with an art print of the beer label inside. Just a superb treatment, overall. It feels like something that should be worth more than it cost to buy it, and that's high praise immediately. I mean, people regularly buy bottles of stuff like this for more than a dollar per ounce, and they don't even have great presentation like this does.

The beer itself pours a deep, chocolatey brown color, quite obviously unfiltered. Building up in my glass with about a finger of solid, dense, mocha-colored foamy bubbles, this rich-looking porter is definitely an imposing figure. If I could wish for anything, it would probably be a little more head formation right out of the gate, but the retention and legs here are nothing to scoff at when we get down to it, so I can't complain that much.

The nose is charred oak, burnt caramel, immense vanilla sugar, soft tannins, cocoa husks, and deeply-roasted espresso. Basically everything you'd want from something like this. I can tell the recipe here is on point, that's for sure. And no off-scents whatsoever. This is likely going to be an expertly-crafted offering, which just drives home how utterly fair the price point is on this thing! Slight dark fruit, tobacco, leather, and ashy earthiness coming out as it warms up a bit and acclimates to room temperature. A rich, sumptuous nose, for sure.

On the tongue, this is super-soft immediately... surprisingly drinkable with a beginning note of milk chocolate-like creaminess that is immediately buffered by some forceful yet short-acting carbonation pushing notes of raspberry along with the cocoa, coffee-like malt flavors, and burnt bready grains. I definitely get some distinct fruit here in the mid-palate; it tastes a lot like a berry or dark pit fruit-flavored BBA dark ale, I must say. Perhaps it's just the age, but I actually appreciate it. Keeps it from being too overly sweet and caramel/vanilla-based like some BBA porters/stouts can get, I think. Stiff tannins toward the finish. Slightly nutty and earthy with a dryness that subsumes the palate; not as rounded or soft as it led off being, but the dynamic is actually enjoyable. Recommended. Happy holidays!

Dec 25, 2019
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octortus from Canada

4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 mL Bottle. ABV 11.5%.
Appearance: Black, Half a finger of toffee coloured head, Broken cap remains.
Aroma: Bourbon, Chocolate, Heavily toasted malts, Detectable molasses, Slightly buttery, Simple but well integrated.
Mouthfeel: Full body, Syrupy, Fairly tolerable alcohol burn.
Flavour: Bourbon, Chocolate, Buttery, Spice.
Overall: It's an enjoyable porter but deserves to have more depth, especially for the price.

Review: 91

Dec 07, 2019
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Derek from Canada

4.93/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Silky smooth.. chocolate, vanilla, oak and a touch of bourbon. Definitely one of the better brews to come out of this brewery, and that’s saying a lot!

Mar 30, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured really pretty midnight black with dancing bubbles on the surface that looked like the milky way galaxy. Smell is a ton of booze, wood, bittersweet chocolate, and roasted malt, nothing too exciting but well composed, though a little hot. Taste starts this way, then a second of watery malt, followed by coffee, vanilla, and dark fruit, finish with very hot booze. 1. It needs time to lay down in the cellar. 2. I can't get past the watery malt part, like an itch you can't scratch. A shame because the other aspects are nice.

Mar 29, 2019
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

One pint .9 fluid ounce bottle served in my Maudite tulip at 55 degrees. Pours one shade shy of black with a loose, quarter inch, mocha-colored head embedded with pinpricks and ringlets. Head quickly disperses into a broken slick. Some lacing but week legs. Nose expresses cocoa, char and slightly vinous qualities, followed by a suggestion of ethanol. Taste reveals milk chocolate and diiminised char that keeps its from being overly sweet. Vinous qualities have dropped off; however, not much of the bourbon barrel is present. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a pleasant, even carbonation and a silkiness to the texture. Overall, solid, but the barrel-aging is not particularly asserted. Not suggested for extended cellaring.

Mar 18, 2019
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Jeffo from Netherlands

2.23/5  rDev -46%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Got this one from hopsolutely this past summer. Cheers!

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter
Vintage: 2017

APPEARANCE: Clear dark brown pour yields a 2+ finger, medium looking, creamy, light tan head with good retention. Bistre brown body with no real carbonation evident. Head slowly recedes to a full cap with traces of lacing on the glass. A slight wisp remains leaving traces of lacing on the glass as it empties. Decent looking.

SMELL: Bourbon, oak, spirit aromas, with hints of vanilla and milk chocolate. Medium strength.

TASTE: Very woody, with lots of oak, sharp bourbon and some sour cherry flavors as well. Straight bourbon-like flavors with some wood, more or less. Tart flavors at the swallow, moving into a bolder and lingering finish of oak, spirit, bourbon, tart cherry flavors and some hints of vanilla and milk chocolate.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, a little watery perhaps, goes down smooth and finishes a touch mouth-coating. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: Not that great, and certainly not an improvement on the rather enjoyable base beer. There is certainly a tart cherry character, which is either the wood or a bit of oxidization, and the bourbon barrel aging comes across as if a bottle of straight whisky was just poured into the tank before bottling. Not quite the high-class example that Collective Arts is capable of. Still, really glad I got a chance to try this one. I certainly consider myself a Collective Arts fan. Cheers, guys!

Feb 05, 2019
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FBarber from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black and completely opaque. Two finger thick tan head dissipates mostly but not completely. Lovely looking stout.

Aroma is pungent with notes of dark fruits, roasted malts, tobacco, oak, dark chocolate and bourbon. Very nice balance between all the various aromas. The barrel does not come across too strong. on the nose.

Taste follows the nose with some dark fruit notes up front that give way to a charred oak and tobacco ash flavor. Roasty bitterness is noted in the middle of the palate before giving way to a smooth mellow malty finish. Light bourbon and barrel notes waft across the palate throughout. Flavors kind of drop off quickly on the palate - like you'd get from dry hopping. Nothing really lingers on the palate.

Feel is medium bodied, but drinks smoothly and easily.

Overall this is a lovely BA beer. Hits all the right notes with excellent balance. Im frankly really impressed with this and will be looking for more of their BA beers.

Feb 01, 2019
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 Bell’s Hopslam glass, 2018 edition. Pours a very slick attractive near pitch black, with a 2 plus finger sticky dark khaki head that has incredible retention and leaves massive thick gobs of lace behind. 4.75

Smell is cocoa nibs, dry roasty coffee grounds, Vanilla Coke, oak, tobacco, and some charred bourbon very complex and pleasant. 4.25

Taste follows but bigger and better, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, oak, tobacco, hazelnut, char, and exactly like I prefer my BA beers, a nice subtly shot of bourbon perfectly blended. 4.75

Mouthfeel is bigger than medium, plenty of life, maybe a tad dry but less than most in this style, and at 11.5% goes down extremely easy and it is so complex you pick up a different new flavor after each sip. 4.5

Overall a beautiful beer, the nose doesn’t dazzle, but the taste and mouthfeel really impress. 4.5

Jan 23, 2019
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Sammy from Canada

3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Well, a solid thick porter, maybe even an imperial porter. However almost no sign of barrel ageing on a thick porter. Sampled at the source. Maybe a tad better than their regular IP release

Jan 14, 2019
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color. Light doesn't quite pass along the edge but it might be because of cloudiness. Deep beige head which settles a little more rapidly than I would expect given the richness of the beer. A couple of streaks for lace.

Rich, dark cherry-infused chocolate nose. Light alcohol with background cocoa.

The body is very thick, giving this beer a brandy feel (with light carbonation). The alcohol enhances the brandy touch. The flavor, though, is semisweet chocolate. The swallow is warming and lasts a long time. A Porter bomb--great to try, but hard to have many.

Dec 22, 2018
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Phyl21ca from Canada

4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet black chocolate notes with some vanilla and bourbon notes. Taste is a mix of sweet chocolate notes with no roasted notes really apparent with some warming bourbon notes with light oak. Body is full enough with good carbonation and alcohol is apparent. Enjoyable but a little bit too hot which hides some of the complexity.

Dec 22, 2018
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Vintage 2018.

Dark bodied and walnut brown slightly black body color, with a touch of red like mahogany as well. Tan solid bubbles, with creamy appearance, and a thick bubbly collar on settling. Real nice clear top with excellent tall thick ring, even a bit of weeping legs.

Very impressive aroma. Lots of malt and diverse roast character. A good mixture of coffee and also peanut butter, almost brittle like quality on the nose. The fun doesn't stop there though, rich sharp grains, almost husky charcoal that nearly flirts with a smokey quality. Very neat.

Palate provides a lot of fun. Simple light bodied, but missing a little bit of oak and barrel character roundness in mouthfeel a little bit. However, the light body is fitting in with the style and the flavors are just bang on solid to great. Light roast char with hints of fireplace ash, a bit of woody charcoal, and strangely a nice light almost fruity raspberry component that comes on the finish.

Solid Imperial porter with a good flavor, requires I think some more barrel aging greatness to get real spectacular.

Dec 19, 2018
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leaddog from Canada

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1200th review!

2018 release. 11.5%.

Appearance - Pours a dark chocolate with two fingers of frothy tan head.

Smell - bourborn, vanilla, oak, earthy, leafy, and floral hops, roasted malts, hint of dark fruits, cocoa, coffee bean, and earthy yeast.

Taste - Bourbon upfront then goes into the vanilla and oak. The earthy, leafy, and floral hops come through next followed by the roasted malts. The hint of dark fruits, cocoa, coffee bean, and earthy yeast finish the brew off.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes smooth with a pleasant stickiness with the bourbon, vanilla, and the other porter elements lingering.

Overall - A very bold and flavourful offering from Collective Arts. The bourbon elements complement the other porter elements and the ABV is hidden well. With some time, I think this brew will mellow out and be a true standout in this category!

Dec 10, 2018
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Greywulfken from New York

4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Clear dark brown center pour into a stout tulip produced a black-bodied beer with a few fingers of creamy-looking dark tan foam... Produces a great bourbon barrel nose - lots of sweet vanilla bourbon and oak over deeper layers of dark chocolaty notes... Flavors follow suit, with sweet molasses chocolate and coffee absolutely drenched with bourbon barrel magic - boozy wood, sweet bourbon, and vanilla all penetrate the body deeply... Medium-weight but full-bodied, it wraps itself around the palate, from the vaporous airs of booze to the stick of molasses to the tongue... One of the very best bourbon barrel imperial porters I've had... Bottle comes in a cardboard gift tube with a print of the label art suitable for framing... Very classy presentation only adds to the impression this beer made on me... 10/24/18 bottling...

Dec 09, 2018
Collective Project: Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter from Collective Arts Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 68 ratings