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Perkuno's Hammer Imperial Porter | Heavyweight Brewing Co.

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Perkuno's Hammer Imperial PorterPerkuno's Hammer Imperial Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heavyweight Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States
heavyweight-brewing.com

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
279
Ratings:
287
pDev:
9.81%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
4
Trade:
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Ratings: 287 |  Reviews: 279
Reviews by danadeny:
Photo of danadeny
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very black with a very little brown head. Black licorice is in the smell as well as something sweet I couldn’t pinpoint. The flavor has a classic dark roasted malt which leaves a coffee after taste. In the middle is a little spice and a medium punch of alcohol. There is a hop finish with some sweetness I couldn’t pinpoint. After it warmed up a little a mustiness was detectible. This is an interesting mix of a simple classic porter with some complex flavors thrown in there to make it interesting. The brew does an excellent job of balancing between the two.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12oz short brown bottle with a twist-off cap. No freshness date, but the beer wears a cloud filled label (no cloud and thunder-bolt on this one) that, if you are not cautious, will trap your attention and bring on waking dreams.

Appearance: An ominous opaque black beer with a crackling thick tan head and bursting bubbles that calm to a thin creamy wisp lace.

Smell: Light sherry, powdered chocolate, peppery alcohol and moist tobacco tease the nose gently as if soothing the soul in hindsight.

Taste: Sherry-like blast up-front, drying and prickly on the palate. Notes of burnt raisins, intense roasted astringency and citric-like hop bitterness stings like salted rind. Hints of dark berries and fruits twang with a complex and chaotic fruity base. Sweetness falls in places with a rich grape juice- and plum-like mask that coats for a brief moment. Fruity meets herbal, then lingers into a thickish malty dream of tobacco, ground espresso beans and delicious chocolate edges. The beer's peppery alcohol demands respect, while suggestions of bark and wood lead to a powdery grain finish that dries into a moreish experience.

Notes: Perkuno's is one of the rare. It's a beer that simply takes you to another place and provides one of the best beer drinking experiences available. I imagine that this is the drink of choice amongst the beer gods, and I hail them with great joy for sharing this insanely sublime nectar with me.

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Photo of kevin62
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This 12 oz offering from the soon to be closed heavyweigt poured out to a dark brown-black color with a small,tan head.Aromas were of coffee,malts and licorice.The taste was also coffee-like,with some sweetness.The body was medium for this porter and I personally liked this beer.It is really a shame that Heavyweight will not be in business too much longer,they will be sorely missed

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Photo of Jason
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at NERAX. Christ on a crutch! This is dangerous stuff, the warmth of the alcohol waits to hit you after the pint is finished in a very deceiving way for 9.1% abv. Big ripe dark fruity undertones from start to finish, roasted flavours are all over the place with charcoal and coffee. The sheer maltiness of this brew was staggering and may have been a big reason why the alcohol was hidden so much. This by far was the best offering the NERAX as far as dark ales went.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was served in a wide mouthed wine goblet.

Appearance: The beer is colored dead black. The head was a burnt tan coloration. The beer left major maps of lacing on my glass.

Smell: This beer has a very complex and pleasing smell. The beer has a great combonation of burnt dark espresso, chocolatey, vanilla, oakeyness, berries, anise, spicy alcohol, pine, citus and general porter goodness.

Taste: The beer delivers on the smell big time! The beer has a chared nearing burnt dark roasted espresso flavors. This is complimented by powdery dark semi sweet chocolate. The beer has a maltyness dam near malted milk balls. The beer has a sea of spicy and complimentary flavors. The beer is plenty hoppy. The beer has great piney resin and citrus hoppyness. This beer is just a fantastic beer treat.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is full bodied. The beer has a spicy alcohol that demands you "Respect my authority!" This is just a beer treat by any measure I use. I am glad I had an opportunity to sample this beer. If you see make sure you drink it. It is a dam shame Heavyweight is going away. Hopefully the brewers will move on to other brewing endevours.

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Photo of QXSTER1
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours as black as Auggie Busch's heart. Minimal head, probably due to the full glass. Sweet doppelbocky aroma with some anise and licorice thrown in. Just a monster porter. I was expecting a thick, chewy, sticky, full bodied brew and that is Perkuno's in spades. Plenty of dark, ripe fruits over big expresso and chocolate. Finishes with some subtle hop resins to keep it from being overly sweet. Something different for porter lovers to seek out and try.

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Photo of jaluria
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours as black as the night with a mocha colored head that is thick and has excellent staying power. Some lacing is left behind. The viscosity of the beer seems greater than for others of this style, and that's a plus. Aromas of fruit cake, nutmeg, caramel, and old raisins. The taste is dominated by malts, with an emphasis on roasted sweetness that is creamy and rich. The finish is rather dry with a bittersweet taste. An excellent beer with some very unique flavors and textures.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours almost as black as night, with just the barest hint of light penetrating thru when held in front of a 100 watt bulb. Tan head slowly settles on top of it all, clinging lace holds on throughout. Nose is quite roasty, with a funky, tangy sourness detected. Tastes of burnt malts, slight vanilla and espresso...alcohol and hops make an appearence on the way out in the nice long finish. Packs a punch, when all is said and done. A fitting nightcap brew.

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Photo of waldowin
2.56/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark brown, that turns to a milky blackness, no light gets through the glass. Has a light brown head that fades quickly into nothingness. No lacing visible.

Smells of sweet molasses, milk, and plums.

Tastes of plums, malted milk, and a sour milk finish that is somewhat off-putting. Somewhat disappointing, considering what a fan of Okocim I am.

Mouthfeel is full, silky and smooth, cut nicely by the carbonation.

Unfortunately, I was unable to finish the bottle. Maybe some day when I've developed a taste for the style I can try this again, and appreciate it better.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An unbelievable brew which I had cask-conditioned at the Gingerman in NYC. Jet black, with the slighest tan head on top, I could not wait to take my first sip. I could smell alcohol wafting out the glass, but also the dark malt spices as well. Taste was just amazing, almost difficult to describe. Since there is no carbonation, there is nothing to interfere with the taste of this sweet strong imperial stout. Chocolate with some dried plum flavors are present, but I thought little of it. I just wanted to enjoy this amazing beer.

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Photo of burnstar
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an thick opaque black. A very little tan head forms but dissipates quickly. Smell is of rich sweet malt, fruit, and definitely chocolate. Taste is roasted malt and bitter chocolate followed by a lingering fruit and very light alcohol finish- quite delicious. Thick heavy mouthfeel, lightly carbonated and rather creamy. Overall this is very good and pretty easy to drink for a beer of this magnitude.

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Photo of AsburyParkJMH
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep black with a strong tan head that dissolves to a much thinner but lasting head after a few minutes. instantly picked up smells of coffee and hints of smoke. the coffee taste is immediate as well along with hints of fruit and loads of maltiness. very light carbonation here, much more of a creamy beer than i expected. an excellent brew from my real home, the jersey shore. can't wait to try the remaining brews in the sampler pack i picked up.

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Photo of Enola
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to HimerMan for the bottle.

This beer poured a very dark brown with little head. The smell was the high point for me with this beer. It smelled like a gourmet coffee shop. The taste was very malty. The ABV showed its face a little in this brew. There were some hints of chocolate in there as well. The beer goes down smooth. A good beer. Too bad the brewer is shutting down. Makes you wonder why when they are capable of qaulity beers such as this.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was truly different... it pours with the smell of blueberry and hops. It is a very luring smell. Dark, dark opeque ruby color. No light at all permeates the brew. Rich reddish/tan head settles quickly into a constant outer ring and lace on the glass. The taste hits you upfront with a fruitty (berry) richness and bitters into a silk, tart, cocoa finish. Very complex and interesting... this brew makes you think and ponder, )wow what am I tasting here?). There are warm alcohol notes in the finish. Its richness is balenced well by its agressive hop nature. It is a great balance of the ying and yang of beer tastes. This beer is worth seeking out! Enjoy the pucker!

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Photo of czechsaaz
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this on tap several times on the East Coast, first time I've had a bottle.

Powerful roast aroma. There's also a good dried fruit malt that's common in a big dark beer. Just a hint of alcohol right after pouring but it doesn't linger.

Really dark with some reddish highlights when held up to 150 watts. Very small but persistant tan head around the rim of the glass.

Uhhh...Yum. Great balance between sweet malt and fermentation effects, estery and spicy from yeast. Also a lot of really ripe fruit flavors like plums that are squishy. Good roasty character in the mid palate and enough hop bitterness at the back end. Chocolate, cofee, caramel, it's got the whole wack.

Big on the palate but not noticeably alcoholic. Just slightly warming after I've had a few sips. Carbonation is on the light side but that's good for such a strong flavorful ale.

Drinkablity is not really fair. I could sit around and drink pint after pint of this happily. But then I'd fall over and probably hurt myself.

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Photo of marc77
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Virtually jet black in hue. Dense, uniformily thick dark beige head leaves tightly textured lace. Pungent, rich waft of molasses dipped dark chocolate and deeply burnt carbonaceous black malt in aroma, along with rounded butterscotch and ripe, sugary prunes. Appetizing. Dark, raisiny high lovibond caramel malt with a roasted edge upfront in flavor widens into a full, yet controlled barrage of burnt malt and thick notes of sticky molasses laden dark brown sugar. Sweet prune and subtle hints of caraway meld with the lightly smokey black malt presence, lending a wood smoked, cocoa dusted dark fruit impression mid palate. Both chocolate and black patent mats are devoid of any sharpness, perhaps indicating the use of dehusked varieties. Mild plummish tartness surfaces late along with moderate hop bitterness, which offsets malt sweetness well, lending eventual balance. Lightly viscous and dextrinous in mouthfeel, with low apparent attenuation. Finishes with a clean, fleeting wash of black licorice and bittersweet chocolate. A delicious, rich, yet soft porter with an elegant depth of malt character. Outstanding.

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Photo of johnniemarg
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours black with a tan film on top.

Smells of molasses, chocolate and roasted malt.

The taste is generally in line with the smell as the mollasses and chocolate flavors dominate, but this also has that typical baltic porter flavor that I would describe as a wine-y "cloying" flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and oily. Noticeably low carbonation.

This is probably one of the best baltic porters I've had. Thoroughly drinkable. The 8% abv is felt but won't knock you off your chair.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loaded with carbonation, so pour this easy, the dark brown head will go over the top and lasts for a while. Obsolutely black and full bodied this is an excellent imperial porter. Nose is roasted coffee and caramel. Taste is roasted coffee with a slight hoppy/bitter finish.

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Photo of crwills
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic. I'm not sure if I like this or Okocim better, but they're both phenomenal porters and you can't go wrong with either.

Pours pitch black with a smallish head. Aroma is fresh coffee beans, dark cherries, and a hint of chocolate.

Flavour is dominated by espresso and bitter chocolate. It's clean and simple, but really, really good.

Complex aftertaste. Coffee-like, but quite bitter and mildly acidic, with maybe a hint of something like apple or grape seeds.

Perfect mouthfeel for the style, creamy but not oily.

I'm sad I only have a couple of these left.

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Photo of jonnylieberman
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from a stubby 12-ouncer into my goblet. Nice and dark brown, good heads that fades to nearly nothing -- no lacing.

Smells like: After the beer warms a bit, the smell really comes alive. Plenty of malt hits your nostrils, as well as coffee, cocoa, gum, roast and solvent-like notes from fusels. A really nice smell; smells like desert. In fact, the "gum" I described is the type of scent you might get from ice-cream.

Taste: The "gum" continues and it is joined by chocolate -- nice. Fruity and big and slightly warming, this beer is still quite clean. More refreshing and quenching than your average porter -- 0because it is a Baltic Porter, i.e lager. Bitter enough. No tmuch hop flavor, which is appropriate. Really, a great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is basically perfect. Full, but not overly so and appropriate for the style/intention. Warming, too.

Perkuno's Hammer is a top-shelf product. Solid, yet interesting enough to attract extreme beer lovers. There is just enough alcohol to make it memorable, but not so much that half a bottle starts to hurt. This is a remarkable beer that you should seek out.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer poured an extremely dark brown with some very dark candy apple highlights. The head consists of a spotty thin film clinging mostly to the edges of my tulip and it’s a light dirty tan. This dissipated to nothing after a few minutes. I must say, the red highlights coming through my tulip are really something.

Smells of slightly sour coffee with an underlying salty mesquite essence. There are also traces of figs and dark raisins with a trace of alcohol. As this warms a bit, the alcohol fades and is replaced by a smooth dark chocolate.

Upon sipping, my mouth puckered up due to a surprising acidic sourness that’s too crisp and distinct to really attribute to any fruit. It’s more of a stinging dryness that reminds me of a green sappy oak, but there‘s still a mysterious fruit-like tang to it. Behind this are some delicate smoky notes that turn to chocolate as I exhale out my nose. All of these flavors seem to be nestled in on top of a creamy milk base that’s mingled with a mandarin orange sweetness. Finishes with a touch of mesquite and the sourness condenses to a crisp rhubarb.

The mouth feel is dense, but thin giving it a watery feel. But when I take a sip, the carbonation springs out of seemingly nowhere releasing a delicately spongy mouth feel that is very pleasing to my palate.

I’m not a big fan of the style in general, but the flavors here are really blended well and I can’t pin any flavor down to any one ingredient. That, and the mouth feel is pure pleasure. Not bad. Not bad at all.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to WVbeergeek for the sample of this great brew.

Aroma is rich yet mild malts. In time roast appears. Also slight alcohol and esters.
Black. Opaque. Thin but very steady firm head of brown. Thick creamy lacing when drinking. Good appearance.
Immediately complex. Fruity. Pleasantly sweet. Quickly moves to intensely malty. Coffee. Roast that pushes burnt. Some dark fruit notes. Finishes bitter and very long. Becomes more cloy as warms.
Full, thick almost chewy. Smooth with a soft yet vibrant carbonation.
This is extremely good. Full. Rich intense sipping beverage. Good American version of style. Alcohol less in taste, but its impact can be felt.

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Photo of thetachibro
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from a 12oz bottle into my nonic pint glass. It's a solid black with a next to none tan head that quickly dissapates. Not much lacing down the glass at all either.

S - Chocolate, coffee, roasted nuts. All the usual

T - A very nice initial chocolate malt taste with a hint of raisin. This is followed and ended with a slight bitterness that leaves the mouth tasting mighty fine.

M - Medium to full bodied with a nice smooth feel

D - I find this one to be a somewhat of a sipper.

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Photo of ZAP
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

What an awesome looking beer...every bit the Imperial...Black as can be and a wonderful creamy tan/brown head on top...Nose is very interesting, and inviting...chocloate malts, dark fruits like plums, and a slight wiff of molasses...Body is thick and hearty but creamy smooth....a lot of unrped dark fruit at first and then a hit of molasses on the buds...very yeasty and tad bit sour on the finish which I could do without...reminds me a little of some of the Bell's yeasty sour finish they have with some of their beers....none-the less a real fine beer that just doesn't fit my "perfect"flavor profile...

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Photo of DaggerEyes
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Barcade in Brooklyn
Poured pitch black with a thin fizzy mocha head.

Great nose on this beer. Scents of dark chocolate, smokey malts, vanilla and perhaps a bit of coffee.

Taste matches and perhaps exceeds the greatness suggested by the scents, with tastes of both milk and dark chocolate blended with smokey roasted grains. IN the back are some tastes of cooked fruit, perhaps cherry....almost a bit like a faint cherry cordjal flavor.

A full bodied brew with medium carbonation that tickles the tip of your tongue. Chewy body with a somewhat dry finish. this brew coats your mouth with a some what resiny coating.

A really enjoyable beer, not quite the perfect beer for an warm summer day outside, more of a winter brew. That pehaps is the only time I could enjoy more than one of these. But all in all a good drinking experience

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Perkuno's Hammer Imperial Porter from Heavyweight Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 287 ratings