Perkuno's Hammer Imperial Porter | Heavyweight Brewing Co.

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 10-24-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of phisig137
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an absolute black, letting no light through, and a thick 2 finger head that quickly falls leaving behind moderate lacing.

Aroma is totally unexpected. Heavy amounts of chocolate and cocoa, backed by sweet malt notes, an a hint of alcohol. Smells heavy, just as it looks.

This beer's flavor is great. Chocolaty, roasted malts, a touch of caramel sweetness, and a reasonable amount of hops. Sweet up front, and finisheds rather dry, with a pleasant espresso/roasted barley flavor that lingers for quite a while.

The mouthfeel is very slick and oilly, and coats nicely. Drinkability is on par for something in this ABV range.

I find this beer to really blend the lines between porter and stout.... regardless of imperial "status" or not. Lovely balance between the sweetness and the roasted bitterness. I think I'll keep at least one of these for the cellar.... just out of curiousity.

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Photo of kevin62
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
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 Frozensoul327
3.69/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A fair baltic porter. Pours out to a coffee brown color with nearly no head. Very low carbonation, no lace. Aromas of grain, smokey hops, roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee. Not bad. Taste is fair, more akin to winter months. Flavors of coffee, roasted malts, cooked grain, fermented hops, a touch of creaminess. Mouthfeel is acceptable, a touch on the bubbly side and a touch creamy. Drinkability is average. Not a bad offering. Worth a try. Special thatnks goes out to HimerMan for the sample. Cheers.

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Photo of johnniemarg
3.97/5  rDev -7%
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 DaggerEyes
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Photo of Derek
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
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 mrasskicktastic
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Red tinted black brew with a nice two fingers of dark brown head that dissipates slowly leaving no lacing behind.

S - Figs, dates, sweet molasses, a bit of alcohol and more molasses.

T - Sweet figs and dates, not to mention a strong alcohol. The bitterness in the aftertaste is potent, but accompanied by a lingering molasses character. Abv is potent in flavor, but this is one of those times that it works with the flavor rather than against.

M - Viscous and creamy, not to mention refreshing.

D - Easy to drink. Too strong to session. Good with food. I'll have again for certain.

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Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
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 crwills
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
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 HimerMan
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle - poured into my Sam Adams Chocolate Bock glass (one of my favorite glasses - as you can see in my reviews.)

Pour was fantastic with little head, minimal offwhite lacing that was short lasting - dark brownish/black with ruby highlights in the pour.

Definitely like a stout in the overall taste - but much milder with a great sweetness similar to a milk stout with a bit of coffee that is not at all burnt.

Definitely a bit surprised on this beer, as it was much tastier than I imagine when I bought 2 4-packs.

Taste lingers for a while, settles in the back of your throat and is quite easy to drink with almost no carbonation or alcohol.

Wonderfully made beer - I would absolutely suggest getting this if you have the chance. I am looking forward to having another one.


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Photo of hopsaplenty
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, no date info.

Popped the cap and it foam shot forth like a volcano erupting, spewing rich foam everywhere. Ultimately, it poured with a towering head of small umber bubbles, loosely packed and that steadily settled leaving a few strands of lacing. Impenetrable onyx. The smell is rich and malty filled with dark fruit and alcohol. Some distinct burnt roastedness is present as well. The taste is rich and malt sweet and packed with brandy soaked fruit. The alcohol is prominently displayed in the finish along with plenty of roasty bitterness. A wonderful combination that Full bodied, big and chewy, slick and slightly oily on the tongue. Enjoyable and highly drinkable, if just a touch sweet.

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Photo of Franchise
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured hard leaving a cascading body that has a small tan head. The body is very dark almost black, the aroma is sweet, candied plum, apricot, and an anise backdrop followed by fig sweetness. The taste starts sweet with a distinct fig syrupy reduction in the forefront. There is a minimal hop presence but dominated with fig and a candied sugar finish. Overall this is a decent beer, I paired this beer with Tekka Maki sushi. The sweetness in the beer really paired well with the saltiness in the soy sauce and delicate tuna flavor in the fish.

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Photo of danielharper
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade with fdrich29 (Thanks, Frank!)

(Beer consumed on 3/20/06. Verbatim notes follow.)

A: Dark black body, hints of brown and purple. Off-brown thin head.

S: Aroma strongly of... grapes? Strange, but pleasant.

T: Flavor fruity and grapy with nice coffee undertones.

M: Mouthfeel moderate, but foamy.

D: Overall good drinkability, better than expected. (I don't usually like porters.)

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Photo of ski271
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with a small tinge of red showing though. The head is small, tan, creamy and quickly diminishing to a small ring. A few thick stands of lacing. The smell is of deep malts, brown sugar, chocolate, toffee, dark bread, alcohol, light citrus, dirt and cherry. I’m sure I’d pick out different things from the amazingly complex nose every time I try it. The taste follows suite. Big chewy malts to go along with its big, chewy texture. Alcohol is a bit more noticeable, almost to the point of being distracting but not quite. The finish is long with lingering malts and dark fruit. This is one tasty sipping beer. So wonderfully complex. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of Naerhu
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to RobBeer for bringing this to Japan for me.

A - Midlnight black body with a small head and no lacing.
S - A vinous cacao aroma with notes of wood
T - Slightly vinous, medium bitterness. Earthy roasted maltyness. I expected more sweetness for a baltic porter. This is more stout-like that baltic porter.
M - Thick body, light carbonation.
D - A bit heavy and lacking in sweetness. Enjoyable, I would like to have again served at colder temperature.

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Photo of lou91
3.56/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I’ve had this several times and it has never really impressed me but I’ve never stopped and determined why. It looks great on the pour. It also smells like bitter chocolate and cheap coffee, which is ok. The taste is rich, chocolate yet bitter which is not ok imo. Fans of bitter chocolate may appreciate this more but it lacks a body and balance that is present in top chocolate beers.

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Photo of bignick
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

4-pack purchased at Bauer Wine and Spirits in Boston. Poured first into a St. Bernardus glass then into an imperial pint glass.

This is a delightfully complex offering from Heavyweight. Indeed, this beer fits the name of the brewery. I found the aroma to be overwhelming when I drnak it out of my wide St. Bernardus glass, so the second beer I had in a more traditional imperial pint glass. The second glass was much more well-suited. This beer is very rich, but it finishes very smoothly. I would have no problem drinking it all night, which is scary considering the abv of 8%. I enjoy the taste very much: there is a pruny sweetness that is underscored by a slight but omnipresent earthy hoppiness. It is very well balanced, and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
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 jslot38
3.15/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: This one just overflowed from the bottle, all over my pants and everything. Luckily I salvaged a good portion of this baltic porter. Anyways, it pour, or spewed a dark brown towards black, completely nontransparent. Tan head, leveled down to a top covering with some slight orange tints.

Smell: Dark malts, chocolate, roasted coffee beans, touches of toffee.

Taste: Interesting sourness for a stout. Diacetycal, buttery toffeeness, touches of caramel. But, the tartness that hits you up front just really takes away from this beer.

Mouthfeel: Very low level of carbonation, goes down easily, seems a little off for such a low level of carbonation and tartness.

Drinkability & Notes: I looked forward to this beer with some great anticipation, but it just tasted off and green. I don't know, I'd be certainly willing to try it again, but reviewing the beer in front of me.

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Photo of amatuerbeerguy
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out dark brown to black, with a tan to brown head, that leaves lacing on the glass.

Aroma of citrus, oak, chocolate, smoke, and some fruitiness seemingly orange or orange peel.

Flavors of smoke, chocolate, oak, nutty, black cherry.

Mouthfeel full bodied, creamy, moderate carbonation, with a sweet finish.

Overall Impression nice, balanced, creamy, sit down and drink a couple. But watch the alcohol, pints.

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Photo of Zorro
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
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 Folderol
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried this one as part of a Heavyweight variety pack - I couldn't resist supporting a local brewery. As a fan of porters & stouts I suspected I would enjoy this beer, and did I ever! Perfect color, dark brown with a reddish tint. Dark tan head that didn't last very long. Pretty fizzy for a porter, although not in a bad way. Very very smooth, especially for such a strong brew! All I taste is roasty malt, and that's good enough for me.

This is the beer I've been looking for for years... malty, rich, easy to drink, high alcohol without being winey or harsh. This beer and Heavyweight's Stickenjab have convinced me that bottom-fermenting can produce a good beer after all. It really mellows the brew and boosts the drinkability. I'd have to watch myself with this stuff, as three of them would knock me out. Most impressive.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perkuno's Hammer pours from the stubby 12oz bottle a deep pitch black with a small dark tan head that becomes a ring around the top. Spotty lacing everywhere. Aromas of big roasty dark chocolate with a heavy helping of dark fruity aromas. Plum, currant, raisins are all in the mix. A hint of burnt coffee and a light vinous aroma. Quite nice.

First sip brings lots of dark fruity flavors upfront, with notes of plums, raisins, black currants and grapes. A nice chocolate flavor moves in midway through the sip along with a nice roastiness. Just a touch of burnt coffee on the way down. Finishes with a lingering dark fruitiness and a nice mix of sweet & bitter flavors. No alcohol to be found.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with laid back carbonation. This is easy to drink and a tasty treat at that. A fairly big brew that still maintains plenty of drinkability. I'd be down for a few in a sitting if I had easier access to this one. Thank you dmeadows for this one!

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Solid black with extremely thin brown head (almost no head at all) that disappeared immediately. No lacing.

S - Chocolate and dark fruits, sweet raisins, slight hint of champagne (maybe grapes or alcohol?)

T - Chocolate, caramel, toffee & dark fruits.

M - Starts slightly bubbly and tingly (slightly like champagne), almost effervescent but thickens to a medium body as it warms.

D - A world class porter that goes down way too fast. I am disappointed I only brought one bottle back with me from my trip to NJ/PA.

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Photo of kaimcm
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep body of black oil. Very little head, big bubbles that remind me of a soda. As the beer warms and agitation brings back head its more subdued and looks better.

S: Smoke, chocolate, soft malt, some acidity, smoked meats

T: First wave is very soft and velvety malt with very balanced sugar, just a touch. Light vinous, raison quality follows, some gritty chocolate as well. The sharp and sour acidity starts to take hold but doesnt really pull through until the finish. Smoke rises up in the mouth as if from the fire and adds complexity on the finish as the beer evolves a bit. Last flash is a soy sauce acidity that disipates pretty quickly.

M/D: Crisp and clean, medium bodied at best. I would like more chew to the mouthfeel but at the right temperature this goes down pretty easy, especially for 8%. An enjoyable brew but one I will have to revisit because as it stands I dont get the hype about it. Nothing spectacular to me.

A word of warning. Let this beer warm to near room temp, or room temp first, dont get impatient. Cold the sour acidity is much more pronounced and quite unpleasant. Warm, it adds complexity and its characteristic of the style.

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Perkuno's Hammer Imperial Porter from Heavyweight Brewing Co.
4.27 out of 5 based on 286 ratings.
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