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 TastyTaste
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
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 +11.2%
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 -12.2%
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%
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 +3.5%
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 +5.4%
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 +5.4%
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 -11.7%
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 -11.9%
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 +10.1%
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 -5.6%
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 -5.9%
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 +5.9%
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 -1.6%
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 -2.1%
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 -14.5%
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 -0.5%
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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Photo of ElGordo
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown - almost black - topped by a small, dark tan head that quickly diminishes into just a whisp. Aroma is powerful right out of the bottle - tons of dark roasted malt, espresso, dark chocolate, and a touch of phenol. Palate is A creamy, slightly oily body holds a huge and complex flavor. Dark roasted malt, slightly offset by some spicy bittering hops, is complemented by dark chocolate, coffee, and prunes. The substantial alcohol comes through on the finish. A big, challenging beer, but quite enjoyable.

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Photo of scooter231
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark and deep with a large tan head. Smells chocolatey and cofee-ee, with dark, ripe fruits underlying. Taste is quite nice- dark, espresso, more chocolate and coffee, with lots of roasted, toasted, malty things going on and a backbone of bready goodness. Dark fruityness hints here and there to balance it out with a just right amount of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thick and bubbly, heavy in a good way, really quite lovely. Fairly drinkable, considering alcohol content- which is quite sneaky, by the way. Yummy, but there are a few Rogues I'd rather have instead, if given the option...

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Photo of jonnylieberman
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
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 waldowin
2.56/5  rDev -40%
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 barknee
3.69/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The "Hammer" pours an almost opaque brownish-black with a 1/4 inch deep tan head that settles to a foamy ring. The nose is sweet from generous malting, while running parallel to the malts are the scents of chocolate, asphalt and rich cola. The nose is quite subdued; wild agitation of the glass brings forth the pleasant albeit very stubborn aromatics. The taste is moderately sweet & malty, with flavors of bittersweet chocolate dominating the palate. The mouthfeel is very good, a bit syrupy with just enough acidity to keep the sweetness in check. The 8% ABV in undetectable, buried well beneath the rich flavors. This brew is smooth and fulfilling and a pleasure to drink. Although this is a good example of the style, The "Hammer" lacks the obtainable complexity, dimension, concentration and saturation that would otherwise hit the nail on the head. Recommended nevertheless.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A style that seems to be gaining in popularity and this beer is largely responsible for that.
Not my favorite interpretation of a baltic porter but probably the easiest for me to get and really solid all around.
Pours an opaque black. Light is NOT getting through this one. It laughs in the face of a halogen bulb. It would get more points for looks if the head stayed around a little longer, for it started out with a gorgeous deep brown head. A ring of tan bubbles is all that's there to indicate that it was ever there.
The scent is mild but pleasing. Dark chocolate and lightly roasted coffee.
The taste sweetened espresso, prune juice and dark cherry juice, a splash of cola.
The mouthfeel is a bit watery, lightly bubbly and quite smooth. It finishes relatively dry.
Quite drinkable. Very drinkable, even.
This is a beer to smite boring, fizzy yellow brain slush.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
2.7/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle

Pours a rich black color with a mocha head that stays. Nice lacing on the glass.

A very distinct sweetness in the aroma with a nice rich roasted grain smell.

A bit of raostedness up front followed by an unpleasant "tangy-ness". It's both sweet and sour at the same time and it makes my mouth pucker. It finishes roasty and sweet.

Average body.

I wanted to like this beer, but I just do not. I am having a hard time finishing one.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a re-review. Had it once, one bottle only, part of a mixed 6 pack. Thought it was amazing, and just now found it again. Let's see what I think about it now... Pretty much black in appearance, brown foam at the top, but not much of a head after the pour. Smells of dark fruits like figs, prunes, etc, and an oaky vanilla character on top of the dark roasted malt. Oh yeah, it's as good as I remember. Wow. Complex fruit tastes come out even more. Cherries, bitter roasty malts, and almost a sourness to it, which is really unique. Very vinous, like a dark English stout or something, yet this does have an authentic robust porter taste to it, despite being very dark in every sense of the word. Such a sweet creamy smooth mouthfeel, really amazing. Depsite being a beast of a beer this is an extremely drinkable and enjoyable beer. Glad I got that 4 pack this time. A gem.

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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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