Imperial Espresso Porter | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Imperial Espresso PorterImperial Espresso Porter

Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by 86sportster883 on 01-24-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 130 |  Reviews: 110
Reviews by jsanto:
Photo of jsanto
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

s - 12 oz. bottle served in a long framboise glass.

a - dark brown with a long creamy head.

s - coffe and peacans. and a little alcohol.

t - it tastes like a dessert in a glass. like a italian rum cake. great to relax with and just enjoy the flavor.

m - some carbonation and a coffee / cocoa finish.

d - i can enjoy this one all night. very easy to make a session beer with, and just sit back and sip it with anything or just by itself.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of StoutHearted
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being a fan of when coffee and beer mate, I was excited to have this bottle fall into my hands and give it a try.

It poured dark with a blink-and-you'll-miss-it tan head. No amazing aromas, which was a little disapointing, but a slight malty smell that most porters seem to have.
The coffee flavor does not knock you over the head - it's more chocolate malt with a lingering sweet espresso flavor on the tongue. It was also the only coffee porter I've had that had a little "sparkle" on the tongue, almost like a champagne's mouthfeel. It was easy to drink, but didn't have the robustness that many other coffee-flavored beers have that invite you to let the brew linger in your mouth.

All in all, it's an easy beer that doesn't offend, nor does it take any risks. I don't think it had enough bravado to be labeled "Imperial," but that word does get thrown around a lot these days, and I admit that it added to the anticipation of drinking it.

All in all, it's a solid beer and I would love to see it on tap. It might enhance the coffee notes in the flavor. Perhaps the bottle doesn't do it justice.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to zrrbrrt for this one...
Nearly pitch black with no light passing thru...half a finger of tan head that recedes quickly back into the brew and leaves some thin lacing.
Sweet molasses up front with a roasted coffee flavor.
Taste is very nice...a fantastic twist on the style. Rich chocolate and the espresso flavor is heavy enough to be a coffee beer, but not overly sweet so it finishes dry. There is a fair amount of hops in there, making it slightly green and would probably age nicely for up to a year or so...not gonna happen for me, as this is my only bottle.
Mouthfeel is average for the style, but the coffee addition gives the body more depth that carries into the finish.
I could drink a few of these in an evening...good stuff.

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Photo of badbeer
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky dark brown (blackish) with a beige head that quickly recedes to nothing more than a ring around the glass. The nose is roasty and alcohol is noticeable; some caramel also comes through. Taste is nice and creamy with chocolate, roast, and some coffee coming through; not sure on the espresso part. Medium carbonation and full body; does really well with this one.

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Photo of kpantz
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Executive Summary: Happy Anniversary, Flying Fish! You've given us an impressive porter. Please consider bringing this one back every now and then. The coffee flavors add a nice complement to the standard porter mix without being overbearing. A little thin for an imperial, but hey - that makes it just a little more likely to down a few in a row.

Appearance: Pours a completely opaque deep brown/black with a thin coffee ice cream colored head that quickly reduces to a thin film. Decent lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts, toffee, but, interestingly, not much coffee in there. Perhaps I expected too much of the nose.

Taste: Sweet to start, the roasted malt flavor comes next, and - wait - what is that? It's the coffee! Wow - this is well balanced, and the coffee flavor fits perfectly into the profile. Little to no active hop presence, which is what I like in a porter. Deep, smoky overtones throughout.

Mouthfeel: About as thin as most standard porters, which is a bit surprising, since we're dealing with a high-gravity imperial here. Not that I don't like it - I love it - but it doesn't seem to match the viscosity of other imperial porters I've had.

Drinkability: It's an imperial, so I wouldn't expect to line up a six pack of this and remain functional, but I could definitely sip 2 or 3 by the fire after dinner. The complex flavors and more subtle than in your face approach make this one you can continue to down.

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Photo of pwoods
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks a bunch to my good buddy, NJpadreFan, for this nice extra.

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint. No dating.

A: Pours deep brown, almost black, opaque. Short tan head with a bit of retention. Not much lacing.

S: Nice light mixture of cola, coffee, and chocolate. Pretty standard. I'm sure it's just me but is that rhubarb? Probably just me.

T/M: Milky chocolate and coffee. Big chalky flavor... almost like a stout. Chocolate is on the powdery side. Flavors are potent, just not very complex. Body is nearly full and carbonation is pretty low.

D: Tasty but unusually straight forward for an 'imperial'. Not bad and I'm glad I got to try it. Thanks Alan :)

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Photo of dacrza1
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate, sweet syrup and yes, burnt coffee mixes with brown sugar to form quite a punch... fierce blackness with a creamy brown head; a slant of light appears only when held to a lamp... medium- to heavy-bodied, with initial heat on the throat and a soft buzz to the teeth (8.2% ABV) that blunts as the glass drains... robust, full-on coffee and chocolate flavor... softer secondary hints of liccorice and caramel add a nice, complex finish... a bit slick and oily in spots, this Fish maintains its intent--a porter that doubles as a warmer coffee features... mellow enough to enjoy straight-up, weighty enough ti warm and move with just one bottle...a tenth anniversary celebration indeed....

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

Flying Fish- Imp. Espresso Porter

A- Dark hazy brown with a small creamy head.
S- sweet black coffee with chocolate squares thrown in.
T- Sweet coffee with a heavy dose of milk chocolate and vanilla extract.
M- Thick and slightly cloying. Dry finish. Alc. well hidden.

Overall- Tasty, although a little too sweet for my taste buds. Worthy of a pint or 2.

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Photo of Varkias41
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle broken up from six-pack, courtesy of State Line Liquor. A complex beer, though criticism its too much on the sweet side. Pours a coffeeish dark, with a white head a little bubbly. The taste, sourish, a bit dry, and a malt backbone. A little lace starts to show, some expresso flavouring. Medium mouthfeel, it is suitably carbonaation and gives some smooth mouthfeel. There is brown sugar. It is a dry sout with much too high on the sweetness scale, good for some.

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Photo of tempest
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single at Abe's a few weeks ago.

I don't know about this one. There are some nice malty flavors and a little bit of espresso, but there's still an obvious alcohol edge and overwhelming, yet bland sweetness. Still, the flavor has a chocoalte cake and brown sugar element that's pretty tasty.

Basically, this beer doesn't give me much porter (imperial or otherwise) or espesso. I guess it reminds me more of an imperial brown, like the Tommyknocker Imperial Brown - very sweet with some cocoa flavors.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been into the porters lately and decided to give this one a try.... coffee+beer (2 of my favorite things), how could I go wrong?

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Appeared to be a dark brown color- shades of black- thin tan head.

S- Smelled of coffee, malts, and creamy vanilla.

T-Yum. Tasted the alcohol right off the bat though. Hints of roasted coffee, vanilla, sugar, and other "robust" flavors.

M- Slick and smooth, not as thick as expected.

D- The 8% ABV will sneak up on you. I had 2 of these, enjoyed them thoroughly, but wanted a nap afterwards.

Pretty cool brew, noting too spectacular.


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Photo of hdofu
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Wine World in a 4 pack yesterday. All and all an interesting taste, sweeter and less bitter then I would have expected. The beer tingles the tongue. There is a definite coffee taste, and perhaps a bit of licorice. It also does not have the punch I've come to expect from imperial stouts. All and all the beer is very drinkable, has a syrupy feel with a bit of sparkle. The head was short lived but beige. The color is a dark brown red beer.

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Photo of tjd112
4.73/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I had this on-tap at the Pour House for $4.28, and it was in a regular pint glass

This beer starts out OK, has a beautiful opaque black look, but head could be a little bit better. Lacing is decent though. The smell is mocha and the taste is mocha, with a bit of chocolate and dare I say even some plum. The mouthfeel was not overly heavy, but also very dry and alcoholic, but it leads to heavy drinkability. Overall, this is another great seasonal from my homestate, get it now because by March, it will be all gone.

I just wish I could get a growler of this stuff.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep chocolate-cherry color with a scarce, fizzy medium khaki colored head that quickly fizzled away.

S: The nose presented some fresh esspreso beans and some earthy bitterness. The nose was fairly faint and light and wished it was more dominant in nature.

T: very rich, dark espresso beans which was quickly followed by some sweet chocolate. The roasted nature was dark rich and dark at first but was soon balanced out by the rich, sweet chocolate malt sweetness providing a great transition from bitter to sweet. The flavor is very smooth and well rounded and never over bittering or scorched. Pretty impressed by this and definitely one of their bigger and more flavorful beers that ive tasted.

M: medium, oily, smooth, with a soft carbonation state. A beautiful soft roasted coffee bean bitterness laces the tongue upon the swallow.

D: Very good drinkability, very smooth from start to finish and one of their finer beers. Six pack if not case worthy. Rich, flavorful, and definitely a winner.

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Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Capone's.

A: The ale is a dark brown color that betrays some ruby red highlights when held to light. The head measured near 2 fingers and leaves some lacing throughout the glass.

S: The nose is heavy on caramel and chocolate notes but not so much on coffee.

T: The coffee that was missing in the nose comes through nicely in the taste. The flavor is mild, adding a full flavor without the coarse coffee grind flavor that some beers contain. This flavor is far more subtle and nicely compliments the roasted, chocolate malt body. The roasted features come through in the end of a sip, providing a hint of sweetness that is a pleasing contrast to the coffee profile. As I sip the ale longer, the malt body seems well rounded, as though some oatmeal made its way into the beer.

M: The coffee profile is nicely done, adding obvious flavor without distracting from the porter element. And the porter element? Very pleasing with its abundance of dark goodness.

D: A good drink, I'm gonna need to track down a few more of these. They make for a nice nightcap with the coffee body.

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Photo of PSUBeerman
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just received two bottles from a friend. I am not quite sure whether this is actually retired.

I poured it into a large tulip glass, not much head to speak of, but what was there left a ring. It has a good dark coffee color.

It was not quite as thick as it appeared, but I though it was very drinkable.

The alcohol is definitely present, as well as the coffee flavor. The aroma was good, but could have been stronger. Overall, I thought the flavor was good, but for me, it seemed to weaken as it sat. I guess I should drink it faster.

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Photo of philbe311
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Solid jet black with little or no head

S - Smells like coffee but with a liquor scent... Sweet

T - Solid and strong... Coffee of course, along with hints of chocolate and malt... A little little bit of a smoky taste...

M - Medium bodied, coats well, slight aftertaste... Very enjoyable...

D - A solid session porter...

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Photo of buzzy
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of MmmIPA
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The carbonation almost sounds like acid eating through my tulip glass.One finger tan head sits atop of a black body.No light is let through.Head falls to a nice full patch.Smells are fruit and expresso.Its a pleasent smell.Taste is fruity hops and dark malts and expresso.This taste like a toned down Troegs Dead Reckoning.
This is a interesting porter and im glad I tried it.The mouthfeel is pleasent,a bit more then average for a porter.This is my favorite FF offering so far.I also smell some bakers chocolate in there as well.Good beer.

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Photo of jmalex
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at Capone's in Norristown. Man, that place is great. If there's something I've wanted for awhile (like Flying Fish Imperial Espresso Porter), I can usually find it there.

APPEARANCE: Pours a deep black into my Flying Fish pint glass with brown-red highlights. The head is modest as I pour but shrinks to next to nothing with just a few bubbly patches.

SMELL: The smell is heavy on the coffee. It's not just roastiness - it's bona fide coffee. Behind it I can pick up some typical porter smells - bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts, and a hint of diacetyl.

TASTE: The taste starts out roasty and then gets more roasty as the coffee really kicks in. Then something interesting happens. A caramely and almost fruity sweetness kicks in and adds a new dimension to this beer. The finish is a combination of all the flavors and is a nice ending.

MOUTHFEEL: The mouth is really great. Smooth and creamy. Full bodied, yet still easy drinking. The carbonation is on the lighter side. This is the best part of the beer in my opinion.

DRINKABILITY: The more I drink, the more I love this beer. No ABV is listed, but it doesn't seem that high. I feel like I could spend all night drinking these.

Finally a Flying Fish beer that I really enjoy a lot. If I can find anymore of this, I'll be buying it. Looks like I'm headed back to Capone's.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a dark brown, almost black with a thin tan head. Very quick fade with no retention. A slight amount of lace left on the glass, about average looking.

S - Smell was light of roasted coffee and sugar. As it warmed some slight fragrence of burnt caramel started to come through, with the slightly present bit of alcohol in the back.

M & T - First impression was very smooth, with not alot of carbonation present leaving it a bit flat at the on set. Nothing too bad, but didn't really get up and grab you either. Suprisingly nice hoppy back to it seemed almost out of place. Small hints of coffee and expresso with a hint of sugar, thought the coffee tastes would be stronger to be honest, but it was nice nonetheless.

D - Overall this was not bad at all, not overly robust or strong, not really standing out at all, but not horrible eaither. Really no hint at the alcohol in the taste and the glass was through in a few minutes so session quality was there, but there was definatly the feeling of something missing.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice looking deep brown to almost black colour with a mid sized frothy head that has a good amount of stickiness to it.

The aroma is malty: a bit sweet from some chocolate and caramel, some toasted bread notes, a bit of roasted malt and a nice hint of coffee as well.

The flavour is similar to the aroma, but roasted malt and coffee notes step it up a notch and the sweetness is toned down a bit and makes for a nice balance overall. No one flavour stands out but all are quite apparent. There's a bit of alcohol noticeable here and there, but nothing that's at all distracting. Mouthfeel is very nice: medium bodied and smooth/creamy.

I dug this one. It's one of the better offerings I've had from Flying Fish. It's their 10th Anniversary beer, but it'd be nice to see them take this one and make it at least a seasonal, if not year round. Good stuff indeed.

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Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A nearly opaque dark brown with a tan head. Not much staying power with the head, but that's common amongst coffee beers.

Smell: Sweet and malty with undertones of coffee and chocolate; smells just like an iced mocha. As it warms I get a bit of coconut.

Taste/mouthfeel: Lots of molasses and caramel sweetness with just a hint of coffee and toast. Medium-bodied and lightly carbonated. Not as much coffee as I was expecting - this is very sweet stuff, a bit sweeter than I like, but it's certainly smooth and well-crafted. The sweetness fades a bit in the finish, revealing a mild roasty bitterness that lasts only a moment or two.

Notes: Thanks to leftmindedrighty for tossing this in as an extra in our last trade.

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Imperial Espresso Porter from Flying Fish Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 130 ratings