Perkuno's Hammer Imperial Porter | Heavyweight Brewing Co.

Perkuno's Hammer Imperial PorterPerkuno's Hammer Imperial Porter
286 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 10-24-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 jslot38
3.15/5  rDev -26.4%
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 -6.5%
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 +6.1%
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 Folderol
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
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 -3%
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 +16.1%
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 -8.4%
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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Photo of TastyTaste
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Looks like a stout, way darker than the average baltic porter, pretty much opaque. Head is small, light tan.

Smell: Lots of coffee, cocoa, brown sugar sweetness, and a light earthy smell. Very nice and rich.

Taste: Starts off sweet and roasted, dark fruit flavors are in the mix, cocoa as well. Mellow and smooth, no sharp edges anywhere.

Mouthfeel: Full enough, leaves almost a waxy coating in your mouth.

Drinkability: A smooth sipping porter, for sure, no complaints, but there are better examples in the style.

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

Poured a very deep reddish-brown colorWith a massive tannish head, that very slowly fell to a thin scattered coating. Slight lacing present. Smell is musty, hints of strong coffee, dark chocolate, dark over-ripe fruits, toasted malt, toffee. There are loads of flavor sensations in this glass. Taste is absolutely awesome. The coffe notes are there, but the sweet-tart fruitiness predominates. Its almost like drinking a glass of grape juice, mixed with chocolate, mixed with coffee, mixed with cocoa, mixed with prune juice, with a date sitting inside. Complex and superb. Some of the most complex and pleasant sensations I have ever experienced in a beer. Finish is suprisingly light and refreshing, and the strong fruitiness and the slight bitterness blend together well. For a beer this strong, the drinkability is excellent. A perfect examle of the style. Why did I buy only one?

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a deal, 4 bottles for 6.00. Not bad, neither is the beer. A meaty offering, again, Heavyweight brews seem to have a similar taste strain. IMO, the beer is a bit sour, by style or by choice? This one is pretty interesting, has a salty, sweet taste, with mild licorce on the nose. The alcohol is well hidden for 8%, goes down relatively easy considering it's a meal in a glass.

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Photo of Hautacam
2.86/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black with a tan head that drops quickly to a collar.
Smells like roasted malts, kind of winey and alcoholic.
Heavy roasted malt flavor ..some port wine..semi sweet..with a sour, slightly metallic taste at the end. Somehow , the flavors just don't meld well for my palate.
Mouthfeel is about medium...expected it to be heavier...low carbonation...very smooth.
Not too drinkable.One will do.
Not too crazy about this one.
I love just about everything else Heavyweight makes...kind of disappointing.

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Photo of NolanGTI
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice beer, and oh so close to truly outstanding. One of my favorites in this style. Pours black as night with a wisp of a head that quickly dissapates. An mild boquet, giving off hints of roasted malt with a background of cocoa and tobacco coming through.

Very drinkable, could easily get in to trouble with these. Highly recommend checking this one out. Biggest drawback is the mouthfeel, which is a bit on the thin and watery side and takes away from what is otherwise an amazing tasting beer.

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

a local fave, I have totally neglected to give this it's due and a review... hell, I even passed up on it on tap tonight (dont throw things)

medium syrup pour, off white head that recedes rather fast but remains in an oring configuration even after a vigourous pour, micro sea foam bubbles on the pour make the lace quite attractive, black, dark... night on a new moon.
baltic meet porter, hello porter. this looks pretty much exactly like it should. even after sitting there for a bit it remains the same...

dark chocolate, hint of raisin sweetness, burnt/toasted malts, powerfull emanations from this, no need to search for a nose here, it pretty much makes you its bitch. deep coffee tones, some alcohol makes itself known as well... this is as good as just above the ass tattoos on hot chicks...

taste etc...
the toastiness/burnt flavor in the malt is outstanding, the "stale" or almost ash flavor for the style is definitely present in the aftertaste and dries up the sip so damn well, medium to thick mouthfeel and almost creamy, warming after a good amount only and easy to drink! After trying a few other baltic porters recently this certainly takes the cake.

hells bells. I should be having this more often especially since it is so easy to find here. Up there on par with Old Rasputin imo, which is one of my personal faves. Flat out great beer, period. Drink, enjoy, fornicate (if the ruffies take hold)

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

This is an outstanding Baltic Porter. It pours a rather dark color. The head is foamy, tannish in color, and long lasting. The smell is of sweet roasted malts. The tase is very flavorfull. A smooth mouthfeel. This is a beer to be searched out and enjoyed.

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Photo of Jredner
3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smokey, malty aroma with a touch of brown sugar. Black with a thumb thick bubbly mocha head. There is an almost cinnamon/maple sweetness to this. Also get smokey notes. Body is somewhat thin tasting, but the mouthfeel is thick. Sounds odd I know, but to me it tastes thin and feels thick. Must be from the lager yeast. Very unsual brew that I think I'd need more bottles of to really pin down accurately.

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Photo of nvsblman
3.76/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich chocolate brown. About half a finger of coffee colored head. No light getting through this one. A little light lacing. Very nutty aroma with some chocolate and coffee. The taste is very chocolatey! Also noticing some toast and and smokiness in the background. Just a slight hoppiness . Full and chewy mouthfeel, almost milkshake like. Light carbonation, but it felt like just enough.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a thin mocha thead sits atop this impenetrable black gobletful of Hammer. Some wavy lacing on the glass, the head holds at a thin, patchy cover.

Aroma - a moderate whiff of smoke, chocolate, and a trace of alcohol. Rich chocolate and coffee emerge as it settles.

Taste - charred coffee beans with that burnt sweetness starts off. Dark chocolate appears mid-palate, a fine balance there. Not much else but the two flavors are maxed out nicely for flavor. Some mild alcohol bite at the end to give it a Kahlua feel, chocolatey and warm. A rich and decadent porter.

Mouthfeel - well-carbonated, the body is heavier than average and leaves a nice coating.

Drinkability - great stuff acquired via beer trade. The beer mails have long since been deleted, I forget who I owe props to out there, but thanks whoever you are! If you see this, you should tru it.

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

A - 1/4" tan head that doesn't last long. Dark brown, very close to black. Stout-like in appearance.

S - Round and sweet. Molasses. Cream. Alcohol. Butterscotch.

T - RICH! Nutty. Coffee. Sweet roasted malt. Espresso. Honey. Molasses.

M - Huge, thick, chewy mouthfeel. Decent carbonation level. Nice, long roasted finish.

D - Good drinkability. Great warmer. Thanks to xcjetta for the chance to try this awesome BP.

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

I bought this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet.

Pours an almost opaque garnet/brown with brown edges in the light. A one finger head of tan foam forms on top, falls to a good coating and a ring, with decent splotches of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is huge fruity dark malt, like prunes and dark cherries, maybe rum soaked raisins., with a dash of dark toffee candy. There are some fairly strong floral hops in there, and a good dose of chocolate also. The chocolate smell really increases as it warms.

Flavor is big fruity chocolate, with fruits like above. Fairly strong alcohol warmth present, and a big floral hop flavor. Chocolate is the dominant flavor. Imperial porter, you bet! This is very yummy. Aftertaste is chocolatey, hoppy, and warm.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and slightly oily on the tongue. It's smooth and creamy, with gentle carbonation. Finish is slightly oily and dries out a little. This has a wonderful mouthfeel.

A truly delicious beer. Alcohol comes through only a little. The chocolate and hop character work very well together. I sat and sniffed the empty glass.

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Photo of aquatonex
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very impressive porter.

Pours black, nearly opaque. Carbonation is good. Brownish head that dissipates. Pretty good lacing. Nose is dominated by chocolates and coffee. Heavy malts in the nose. I tried vainly to notice the alcohols, but could not, which is good. Taste follows suit well with heavy slightly sweet malts, punchy hops, strong mocha flavors. Mouthfeel is very good for such a heavyweight. Again, very impressive.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A stubby 12 ounce bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours an opaque black color with a very large dark tan head. The head cakes up a little in the middle. Nice look.

S - A smoky smell at first with big malt aromas. Some coffee and chocolate in there.

T - A roated dark chocolate taste with a raisin type flavor there. The taste of an after dinner cordial comes through a bit. Very complex and an excellent flavor overall.

M - Feels great, some alcohol warmth and a nice smooth feeling on the tongue, especially as the beer warms.

D - A great complex beer and definitely a nice one to have on a cold winter night.

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

Some caveats: this beer was harmed by long shelftime, accidental freezing, and some accidental water drops in the chalice. But it retains its good looks anyway, looking positively dashing, in that dark, handsome way it does in an Ommegang goblet. Zero visibility through pure black body. Earthy brown head, reduced from piled bubbles upon pouring to a miniscus and thin wisps across the top.

Smells of nuts and orange peel and black chocolate espresso. Low carbonation but excellent mouthfeel, very pleasant and smooth, not syrupy or cloying in the slightest. Alcohol in the taste, some oversweetness too. Good roasted flavors, like a good burger (not a steak). Tastes slightly even of the iron/blood you get on a good, rare burger. Beginning to worry that the freezing affected it more than it should--this is not outstanding, but isn't a quality of a Baltic porter that it should stand up to heat drought?

By now it's rather biting and half-hearted. I can see the porter elements--roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, low carbonation--and I can see the imperial qualities--alcohol, powerful malt and hops both--but I don't see any serious synergy, nor a complexity or depth of flavor that I expect. I suspect it's the freeze. My bad...but the review goes on.

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Photo of hero27
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz stubby bottle.

Pours a rich, dark brown with a tan head of tight foam...leaves a wake of lacing with every sip. Aroma is light roasted malts, fruity esters, nuts, and chocolate. Taste is rich chocolate, dark fruits, and a hoppy lingering bitterness.. the alcohol is displayed rather prominently. Drinkability is good for a robust 8% porter, but I wasn't desperately needing another one as soon as I finished it.

Thanks to Px2GrafX for letting me try this great offering from Heavyweight.

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