Collective Project: Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter | Collective Arts Brewing

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Collective Project: Barrel-Aged Imperial PorterCollective Project: Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter
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Brewed by:
Collective Arts Brewing
Ontario, Canada
collectiveartsbrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by biboergosum on 01-18-2018

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews:
13
Ratings:
31
pDev:
6.02%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
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

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Photo of GoHabsGo
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IBUBrew
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RobinLee
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smcolw
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of petewheeler
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StormAles
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leaddog
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
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...

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Photo of wordemupg
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bylerteck
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chicagocraft
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of polloenfuego
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown black with an attractive two fingers of off white head. Head breaks slowly leaving a nice island of foam and some decent lacing.

Smell is bourbon right up front. Leather, wood, tobacco and roasts are also present. A fine aroma.

Taste is booze up front. Bourbon blast on the taste buds. Roasts, wood,treacle and leather also play on the tongue.

Feel is a little hot. It's about the right body for an imperial porter,with carbonation a little higher than I would care for. Finish is treacle and booze.

A well done beer, but it's a little hot. I'd like to sit this one a while and see if it mellows. That being said,quite enjoyable and beyond what I expected.

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Photo of ElGallo
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of csmrx7
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I wanted this to be great and it is good but doesn't stand up to other barrel aged beers. The oak presence is awesome and really detailed and complex, but the base beer just doesn't stand up to the intense barrel flavors.

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Photo of bobv
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Moderate pour yields a one inch tan head over a dark, dark brown body with some sticky lacing. Nose of roasted malt, chocolate, and a bit of vanilla, caramel, and plenty of oak from the bourbon barrel. Taste mirrors nose very nicely, not very boozy, and a real nice mouthfeel. Overall, a great late night liquid dessert. Cheers!

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Photo of festizio
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle - a dark brown to black pour with mocha head - short lived. Aromas of boozy caramel/toffee with chocolate, bourbon, hint of licorice - enticingly sweet. Taste is rich caramel malt, sweet bourbon, milk chocolate - malty sweetness carries with hardly a hint of bitterness. Finishes smooth and a bit of lingering boozy sweetness. Pricey but quite delicious.

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Photo of DangerDawg
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Zazzi82
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of -steve-
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark, opaque beer with 1/2 inch brown head that dissipates rapidly leaving a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Bourbon notes waft off the glass along with a hint of chocolate. Bourbon taste up front, sweet, mild chocolate, licorice and drying on the finish. This beer does not hide the bourbon aging. Personally I find it works here. Great tasting on a gray winter day. Just wish I had a fire to sit in front of. LOL.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle purchased from the brewery for about $13 CDN. Served below cellar temperature but above fridge temperature into a tulip. 2017 release. Bottle 2 of 2.

Appearance - Pours a dark chestnut brown, near black in color. Capped with nearly a finger of light tan head. Retention is pretty minimal as is the lacing. Presumably the high ABV burned all that off in no time.

Smell - Dakr and roasty notes initially with sweet and boozy bourbon coming through nicely. A little treacle and licorice. Robust yet somewhat subtle in the way the bourbon and wood shines through.

Taste - Initially not an overwhelming cornucopia of flavors, I initially get some subtle roasty tastes of charred grain and then milk chocolate with a vanilla sweetness comes through. A chalky powdered baker's chocolate. Some bourbon and wood, but blended nicely. Flavors are not as bold as I'd expect.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, dense and slick, some booziness for sure, but the heat only shows in the back of the throat indicating the potency of this brew.

Overall - Kind of one of those beers that has a number of good parts, but raises mixed emotions. On the whole it's a well crafted imperial stout/porter that conceals it's boozy nature very well. On the other hand, with some of the exception flavor coming out of other brews by Collective Arts, this just doesn't make as huge of an impression. Either way, it's really good, albeit pricey and a beer I'm glad to have tried, but would probably rather enjoy 5 imperial porters for the price of 2 of these. Nonetheless, Collective Ats continues to branch out, top notch IPA's, flavored goses and wild ales and now barrel aging. They continue to be a brewery to watch.

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Collective Project: Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter from Collective Arts Brewing
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 31 ratings