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American Imperial Porter
Ranked #276
Ranked #30,435
3.72 | pDev: 7.53%
D9 Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States
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Notes: Imperial mocha porter
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 11 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by mntlover:
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky dark brown in the core and lighter on the edges of the glass. Nice finger and half tan cap for a head that falls slow and laces pretty well.

Aroma is milk chocolate dominated, lighter vanilla and even lighter coffee hints overall sweet smelling with lots of chocolate. From the nose never would guess it was a big ass porter don't really get the brown sugar listed on the can either.

Taste is like the nose lots of light chocolate, can taste the brown sugar I couldn't find in the nose. Light roasted coffee also with hints of vanilla. Beer is lighter and not big as most all of the big porters I have had but pushing 9.5% its big so be careful.

Mouthfeel is medium and smooth maybe a little bigger after the first few drinks. carbonation is smooth to start and peps a little at the end.

Overall not a big little big beer, just not what I was expecting I guess, its a big beer that drinks like a 6.5% brew which may make you not take it serious.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pjwaldron
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Looks very muddy, but has a nice, lacy head. Smells very nicely like a Wendy's Frosty or a chocolate milkshake. Unfortunately, it also tastes a lot like these things. The chocolate, brown sugar, and vanilla flavors don't as much enhance the porter as completely overwhelm it. I know it's an Imperial, but this is way too much of too many good things.

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Photo of chinchill
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

16 oz can from the Wall of Beer (Clemson, SC - $3.59)
Hazy brown body with a good, semi-durable beige head.
Feel: Medium-light body with medium+ carbonation.
Sweet aroma with vanilla, more vanilla, coffee and dark bread. Lightly floral.
Flavor: too sweet, partly because there is too much vanilla.
Overall: overly sweet but has well hidden high ABV.

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Photo of hophugger
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ntanner83
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dnasty3000
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of robotic_being
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sulldaddy
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampling a cellar temp 16 oz can poured into my favorite snifter. The beer was purchased at a whole foods during a recent trip to Charleston, SC.
the beer pours a clear cola brown color with a large frothy head foaming up even with a very gentle pour. This foam fades gradually, leaving large pockmarking craters on the surface and creating windowpane lattice on the sides of my glass.
The aroma is pretty mild on this brew, but I get some light roast notes and some chocolate milk scents with just a hint of vanilla as well. Hops are absent and the 9.5% ABV is totally hidden here.
The first sip reveals a lighter body than expected and very fine tingly carbonation. the texture is smooth but definitely less "umph" than I was expecting for the beer. Does make this a bit of a dangerously easy drinking beer.
Flavor is sweet, with some vanilla and brown sugary notes up front and then moving to straight chocolate milk on the finish. This sweet chocolate note lingers a bit after each sip and coats my palate as well. The hops dont show and the booze is well hidden on this bigger malty brew. Glad I tried this one, it would be even better if the body hadnt thinned out so much. Still worth a shot if you like malty brews.

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Photo of AMCPhD
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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