Perkuno's Hammer Imperial Porter | Heavyweight Brewing Co.

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Perkuno's Hammer Imperial PorterPerkuno's Hammer Imperial Porter
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Perkuno's Hammer Imperial PorterPerkuno's Hammer Imperial Porter

Brewed by:
Heavyweight Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 10-24-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A powerful sour acid, evidently from romano beans that subtracted from stoutlike characteristics of roast, herbal hops, anise,some chocolate malt, molasses. With undated bottle, who knows? Thanks for the sample, lubiere. Watch for the alcohol creeping up on you.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark black body with neither much head nor lacing

Smell: Dark, rum-soaked fruits, bitter chocolate and tobacco

Taste: Starts out rather sweet, with a heavy dose of malty dark fruit; then a blast of tobacco and bitter chocolate blend together; the finish, however, is a bit disappointing as some sour medicinal notes creep in at the very end

Mouthfeel: Rich and full-bodied with a decent level of carbonation

Drinkability: Were it not for the finish, this would have been an extraordinary brew. Based on some other reviews, I'll have to keep my eye out for another batch that may not have the bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I find it quite odd that I've never reviewed this beer. It's one of my favorite beers in the world. I keep 3 beers in my fridge at all times - Perkuno's Hammer, Yards ESA, and Flying Fish Abbey Dubble - but it's the hammer that satisfies me the most. And I only need one. It's rich and satiating. I can enjoy it slowly. But it's got strength behind it too. Other beers sometimes leave me wanting more, or something else, but never the hammer. And now it's going away :( Of course it does age well, so maybe I can scrounge up enough cash to grab an extra case for the basement before it's gone.

Light treacle, fruit (raisins, dates, fig), coffee, cocoa, milk chocolate, toffee, seared sugar. Complex but focused. Excellent!

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a slight reddish tint when held up to the light with a light moch colored head.Suprisingly the aroma was light in my opinion some deeply roasted malt aromas come thru and some sweet nuttiness.Taste was very nice even more so as it warms pretty complex mix of roasted malt and some burnt fruit with a light nuttiness alcohol is not real prevalent here.A pretty drinkable beer for its abv very well made and complex, a good brew here.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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

Ebony with pecan highlights. This is a porter? Yowza, it looks more stout-like than most stouts. The head is light chocolate brown and huge; so huge that I had to slurp it twice to keep it from overflowing my pint glass. The foam appears to be on the soft side which doesn't bode well for lace. The head wants to hold out forever though, so the relative lack of lace doesn't bother me in the least.

The nose is great: heavily roasted black malt with plenty of chocolate, a splash of coffee and an underlying smokiness. This beer has flavor in spades. Sweet, smoky, dark chocolate milk-like goodness bursts over my tongue and makes my mouth very happy indeed. There's a more than generous amount of chocolate cake-like malt present, but I also appreciate the unmistakable flavor of hops.

The finish is long, dark roasty and tending toward bitter. The body is humungous; rich, creamy, silky and chewy in the extreme. It simply cannot be improved upon. The alcohol is well-hidden, only making itself known by the warming sensation in my belly... and that is where this bad boy belongs. In large quanties preferably.

I am a believer. Perkuno's Hammer is the only porter to ever come close to my beloved GLBC Edmund Fitzgerald. Do porters get any better than this? A big thank you to gueuzegeek for bringing me two(!) of these in a trade. Too bad it doesn't have a wider distribution. Everyone should have the opportunity to experience the excellence of 'the Hammer'.

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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 rab53
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Billolick
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, twist top, Pours deepest of dark brown, minimal dark tan head, leaving some lace and dissolving in a tiny bubble sheen.
Bold and dark, this is a flavorful strong porter. notes of charred fruit, molasses, coffee,roasted malt. Nice mellow hops flow into the palate to add depth, balance and complexity. This is a very satisfying creation. Would stand up to any hardy fare, BBQ, spicy dishes. Well worth seeking out and enjoying.

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

Very easy to see why this beer ranks in the top fifty, because it's amazing!!! Black, pretty safe to rule it as opaque pours with a nice frothing tan head and forms a trickled lace as the beer empites down my gullet. Aroma greets me with roasted slightly burnt malt and a chocolate smoothness that brings about an underlying sweetness. The first sip sends a crescendo of sweet raisiny goodness wrapped in chocolate complemented by the great classic dark roasts of any great porter. The mouthfeel is just full creamy texture that can only be described as one of the smoothest beers ever. Drinkabilty can be said in one word: DANGEROUS!!! 8.9 abv and you can drink this stuff all day cuz it's so smooth and delicious, hides the taste of alcohol very well. I tip my hat to the brewers for crafting this fine delight.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of GClarkage
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

06/24/05- Received via trade with Santoslhalper.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, undated, poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Nice black pour, small creamy head, and very very light lacing.

Smell- Roasted coffee and nuts plus dark fruits.

Taste- The dark fruits are the first thing that hits you. Almost tastes like a type of tripel at first. Raisins, plums and dates. Then the chocolate and roasted malt kicks in with a nice hoppy bitterness towards the end.

Mouthfeel- Very creamy and smooth. Very low carbonation as well.

Drinkability- Kind of a weird beer. Delicious, but it tastes like three beers in one. Kind of like a Old Rasputin/St. Bernardus tripel/Celebrator doppelbock. Very good beer that I wish they would distribute back out west.

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Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a very thin tan head that becomes a very thin lacing.
It has the aromas of chocolate and slightly burn coffee. There are hints of a floral fruitiness in the background.
The taste is of creamy, smooth chocolate and rich chocolate blended with a plum-like fruit flavor. It has a good balance between chocolate and pale. An alcohol tinge finishes it off.
The mouthfeel is silky and smooth, but complex.
This is a good example of this style and a good beer overall. It is quite drinkable. It leaves a nice, though heavy as to be expected with this style, aftertaste reminiscent of chocolate covered plums.

But, I am a bit surprised that it is considered "outstanding" - more like a high recommended. It is certainly one of the better, though not the best I've had (Carnegie from Sweden is better, and maybe Zywiec - though it is about par - though a bit different - than the latter.)

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer labels can give little information, false information, or everything you need to know. Through the label of this fine brew, I've learned of the origins of it's creation, it's lager/ale hybrid nature, and the identity of Perkuno, the Baltic mythological counterpart to Norway's Thor, God of Thunder, and that he used his hammer to punish the unjust.
Well, now that I've been whacked with his tool, what does that make me?
Appearance: full, Stygian black, dark as the night, with an impressive, fluffy, fizzing cocoa-tan head.
Aroma: spicy and peppery, notes of anise and dark rum, molasses, and a bit creamy.
Taking the first gulp, it looms large on the mouth and tongue, with a bit of a hop blast, warm, sweet, strong. Long, long finish, it rests comfortably on the palate, never a thought of leaving. Full bodied. Rich, rewarding, delicious.
More flavors unfurl as we go, including a bit of sweet fruitiness. Complex, beautifully textured, wonderfully flavored, tasty as hell. Swiftly sends one to the land of the comfortably numb.
One bottle ain't enough, I need to have a full case on hand at all times, an unfailing supply. Just one thing to add: Don't Hurt Me, Hammer!
And thanks, Marc77!

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Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Hammer poured a deep dark chocolate color, almost black with a lovely caramel colored head. The head diminished rather quickly, but the aroma of chocolates and roasted malts was great. My tongue was excited by the combination of chocolate, malt, and slight coffee flavors. The higher alcohol of this imperial porter really shows up in the aftertaste, as your mouth is left with a dry finish that reminds you this is a high octane porter. Definitely one of the heavier porters I have sampled. This would go great with a chocolate dessert.

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Photo of Derek
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's Hammer time!

Obtained from The Foodery in Philadelphia (nicely refridgerated).

Apparantly it's brewed with Andech's lager yeast (which also makes a good dopplebock), as well as BEANS?

A: Black with a slight ruby hue. Only a hint of tan head, which quickly dissipates. No lace what-so-ever. It's a shame the appearance brings this down... maybe it was getting old?

S: Chocolate & booze with a hint of noble hops.

T: Very malty, plenty of chocolate with molases, dark bread, a little dark fruit (raisin?), and hints of nut and grassy-spicyness (Hallertau with some tettnanger or spalt?). It's definitely closer to a dopplebock (with an over-abundance of chocolate malt) than a baltic porter. I love dopplebocks (and this beer).

M: Fairly full body is lightly carbonated. Acidic, prickly & slightly chalky.

D: This "Heavyweight" is very drinkable (for it's strength). I love it, but the strength is prohibitive.

What's with the beans?

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

The beer pours a deep black color with a thin brown head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich roasted malt scent that is sweet and dry. The taste is great. It has a very smooth chocolatey flavor with lots of roasted and black malts. It goes down easy and finishes dry and dark. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good imperial porter. It is very smooth and flavorful. It drinks well for having a high abv. .

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Photo of Zorro
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz bottle provided by Thaichile.

Pours a deep dark brown colored beer with a shy light brown colored head.

Smell is sweet and chocolate and smoke and coffee with a slight amount of bitter chocolate scent. The sweetness becomes strong English toffee after a while with vanilla, caramel and a bit of coconut included. Alcohol is detectable as a slight black pepper aroma.

Taste is sweet, smoky and a little sour at the beginning. The first flavor that emerges from the general taste is wine and tasty Central American coffee with its characteristic flavor. Very quickly the taste becomes basically coffee wine and a tasty one. Agreeable bitterness this is much like a sweeter version of Victory Storm King Stout, and that isn't a bad thing at all. Towards the end of the glass this gets sweeter and the Chocolate flavor really blooms this into a tasty milk stout experience.

Mouthfeel is very good.

Drinkability is very good; this glass disappeared very quickly without me realizing it. I REALLY want more of this to evaluate but it just plain disappeared. I would say that that is a pretty drinkable beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color, and it must be well carbonated, because it creates and incredibly thick deep brown head. As I pour I get notes of roasted barley and rum. As I go in for a deeper sniff I get an incredibly rich, luscious, malty aroma that is a mix of chocolate, espresso, perhaps some Worcester sauce, and burnt grain husks. The body of this beer is nice and full, and the finish is nicely acidic from the dark malts used in this beer. It is definitely well carbonated, perhaps a bit too much, but luckily this is easily corrected by a quick swirling of my goblet.

After being degassed a bit the taste mellows sublimely to a smooth creamy chocolated espresso treat. There is a bit of burnt grain astringency in the finish, but even this only lightly detracts from this beer. This beer is just hugely malty, with lots of rich concentrated malt flavors. The alcohol, beyond that initial whiff of rum, is not discernable at all, though I am starting to feels its effects. This is really quite enjoyable, and I am quite glad that this beer found its way into my glass tonight.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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 weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a black with a thick tan head that fades into a nice tan collar. Cocoa powder and yeast drops from the bottom of the bottle into the goblet.
Smell is of milk chocolate, black & concorde grapes, fudge, smooth buttery cream, and perhaps a hint of black liquorice buried in the background.
Taste is of the same outstanding aromas.
Mouthfeel is smooth, rich, sweet, warming, along with a slight sourness that fits this slightly chewy style.

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Photo of akorsak
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am drinking a 12 oz bottle, served cold, in an old school Lancaster Malt Brewing Co. tumbler.

Appearance: Deep and dark in appearance, light ruby red emerges when the ale is held to light (but only at the edges). It poured with a good bit of head (in fact, it overflowed over my tumbler).

Smell: A roasted chocolaty smell emerges but doesn't last long. From there, the sweet notes of coffee come out. A little light on the smell, but not bad.

Taste: The sweet taste of toffee jumped out after a minute or two. There are also notes of chocolate, caramel and deeply roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: The ale is slightly bitter on the palate, making me wonder if it may be a little too old (if it is, it might be fantastic fresh). The chocolate and caramel flavors add a definite sweetness that really comes through in the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I rate it high on the drinkability scale, as the notes are not overpowering and will not numb the taste buds. The alcohol is hidden so drink carefully as, at 8%, it can easily sneak up on you.

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Photo of Suds
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful, black, complex beer. This brew hides its alcohol very well. It’s got a dense, full body with tremendous malt character. Nice, heavy-cream colored head. It’s an absolute joy to drink!

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Perkuno's Hammer Imperial Porter from Heavyweight Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 286 ratings