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 Golden2wenty1
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A bajillion thanks to Autumnaldave for randomly checking my outdated Wants and Gots and bringing me a bottle third hand when we had a little gathering at Maduro and the Dane a few weeks ago.

Pour is midnight black with a few mm's of dark chocolate head that succombs to the 'Hammer in a few seconds. Nose is a robust concoction bringing in notes of smoke, dark fruit, licorice, dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Taste somehow one-ups the nose, slamming the tongue with charred coffee grounds, dark chocolate-covered berries, smoked jerky, vanilla-biscuit and fuming booze - a crushing blow to the palate. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy; thick, but still smooth. Still...this is probably a one and done for me, just too rich and intense for any more. Has a lot in common with Bell's Expedition Stout, but much more complex and much more nuanced and refined. An outstanding impy porter, breaks my heart to hear the brewery is going under. Another huge thanks to Illinois Dave for hooking my newbie ass up.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep murky dark chocolate brown. Dark beige rapidly depleting head is simply a now distant memory.

S: Lots of chocolate and black patent malt. Touch of yogurt on the high notes.

T: Immediate soft sourness blends wonderfully to a mild vanilla milky sweetness. From there the slight coffee roasted flavors emerge...but not dominate...compliment the current subtle sweet flavors. Aftertaste has a touch of licorice, toffee and slight hop/ginger bitterness

M: Thick and oily.

D: I really liked this beer. Too bad its retired and the brewery is closing :(

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Photo of BigDaddyWil
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter glass.
No freshness date.

Let me start by saying that this is one kick ass porter! Pours super dark black in color. A nice half inch light tan colored head forms. Fades quickly, leaving a thin tan line around the glass. Very little lacing is left behind. BIG aromas, I mean big aromas! First, you're hit with a strong blast of sweet dark fruits, like figs, prunes and raisins. Second, big roasted malts, with a hint of alcohol. Last, dark chocolate and burnt coffee. Taste is damn near the same. Lots of roasted malt upfront, next some sweetness, combined with some alcohol. Finishes, slightly bitter and leaves a fantastic chocolate and coffee aftertaste. I really wish I had more of this beer. Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and fullbodied. I could drink this all night! My first offering from Heavyweight and might be my last if they are closing down. God, I hope not! One of the best beers I've had in a while, a must try!

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.57/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Perkuno's Hammer pours black into the glass. A small coffee colored frothy thick head forms on top of the beer. The foam dissolves slowly leaving behind some clumps of lace on the glass. The aroma is a strong roasted malt with some cherry and nutty notes mixed in.

This full bodied beer is very smooth. The rich roasted malt flavor is much like the aroma with notes of nuts and cherry's mixed in. It finishes somewhat sour leaving behind some of the cherry flavor.

I thought this was a descent beer, but the sour flavor was a bit much. Definitely a sipping beer.

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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 bjohnson
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a blackout dinner with a half finger caramel colored head that dissipates quickly, but hugs the sides of the glass well.
S: Aromas of burnt and roasted malts. Caramel and chocolate are also noticeable. All in all very light smelling, but there are distinct smells.
T & M: Tastes of dark fruit hit the palate first. Burnt smokeyness and coffee in there also, but its hard to decipher the flavors--some woodyesque flavors. Sweet chocolatelike ending that leaves a dry bitterness in the mouth. Good overall mouthfeel. Slight chocolatemilk coating feel in the mouth and aftertaste at the back of the throat. Very smooth and easy drinking.
D: Definately a drinkable beer. abv is slightly noticeable in the taste, but all in all, the abv is masked. Definately a good winter drinking impy porter. Would have it again, but fear that it's not going to be available as heavyweight recently went out of business.

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

This beer (and brewery) makes me proud to be from NJ!

Excellent opaque black appearance with a thick, creamy tan head.
Aromas of dark fruits, plum, raisins. Chocolate and coffee-ish smells as well.
Incredibly smooth, rich tasting beer. Full bodied, creamy, smooth with just a little kick of alcohol.
Very drinkable.

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Photo of trep
4.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark black with nearly no light penetrating. Creamy tan head that adorns the top and leaves sufficient lacing as it slowly fades.

Massive aromas in this one. Dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, and a tinge of alcohol. An earthy yeasty smell. Sweet and malty smelling as well. Stunning for a porter.

What a lovely taste. Dangerously smooth. Initially a bitter/acidic coffee bite that fades into a creamy dream of chocolate and espresso. A little acidic twang towards the end that stings the sides of your tongue. Perfect balance and to think this is a lager is pretty awesome in my book. Everything in this beer is like clockwork and everything compliments everything perfectly.

Creamy is the only thing that comes to mind. Not heavy and thick like an Imperial Stout, but not coffee and water like most porters. Coats your mouth like milk and leaves you wanting more. In fact i'm gonna go get a few soft-batch cookies to finish this thing off.

Amazing drinkability on this beast. I am loving every second of it, too.

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Photo of phisig137
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
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 -7.7%
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 Frozensoul327
3.69/5  rDev -13.8%
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 -7.2%
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 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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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 mrasskicktastic
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
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 -0.7%
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 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 HimerMan
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
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%
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 -14.7%
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 -1.9%
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 +6.8%
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 -16.4%
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 -16.8%
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 +4.7%
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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Perkuno's Hammer Imperial Porter from Heavyweight Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 286 ratings