Raven Mad Imperial Porter | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Raven Mad Imperial PorterRaven Mad Imperial Porter

Brewed by:
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
70 IBU

Released Fall 2008.

Added by ccrida on 10-30-2008

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Photo of chinchill
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle into a goblet. Pours a dark brown. looking opaque and near black in the glass. A moderate size, durable tan head leaves a temporary but full coat of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: a clear touch of whisky and oak here; dark roasted grains with a slight hint of burnt malt. Some dark fruit and roasted nut notes.

Flavor:disappointing, given the aroma, mainly due to an overbearing contribution from wood (oak?). Whisky mainly appears in the finish and aftertaste. Plenty of dark roasted malts, subtle dark fruit notes, and a hint of sour fruit.

Mouthfeel: medium body and carbonation.

Overall: too woody to recommend.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.22/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blackish brown, no head. Rim of beige lace some bead. Bit blah.

Coffee roast on the nose. Sweet caramel toffee and some spice blending maybe with some light herbal hoppy notes. Sweetish really, not bad.

Tastes a little weak upfront, with an under-cooked coffee note and some burnt toffee. Gets stronger darkness midway with a big oomph of roasty coffee and char. Finishes with a little vegetative note, kind of blandly bitter. OK for its flaws but nothing really great.

Surprisingly thin, little bit of carbonation fizz. Finishes OK.

A bit half-baked and not quite there in all the parts it should be.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650ml bomber given to me by my brewing lecturer. This particular bottle may have been ~12 months old. Shared with Sam.

Pours a deep, dark brown colour, lighter at the edges, with a muddled, flaky cola-coloured head. Some streaky, but thin and watery lace. Fine, perhaps thin, body with minimal carbonation. Overall, it doesn't look particularly exciting.

Nose is mild and toasty, with a bit of sweet, estery fruit: banana coming through in particular. Slight peppery characters, and some cocoa and sweetness as it warms, giving it a toasted banana bread character. There's not a lot to it, to be honest, but it's not bad.

Taste is a bit better. Sweet darkness on the front, with raisins, sultanas and some toffee, before a robust, almost ashy bitterness swells on the finish. There's some rummy booze, a hint of pepper again, and some earthiness. It's maybe a little bit too thin in the mouth, but the carbonation is fine.

Overall, yeah, it's nice enough, but it's far from being really exciting or interesting. It's just decent. It's missing some overarching structure and complexity, and ends up feeling a little too generic.

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Photo of bump8628
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this awhile ago, but have managed to put off logging this review. A partially barrel aged beer that is $6/bomber. That's a rarity these days. Pretty balanced Porter. Coffee, milk chocolate, toasted wood, and burnt sugar. Even bitterness with a coarse earthy hop flavor. Well integrated and subtle barrel character. Don't expect a big, aggressive wood-aged beer and you won't be disappointed. Just a slightly bigger solid American Porter. A solid value.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted 13 August 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours effectively black, with a faint hint of brown at the very edges. One finger of dense medium-brown head, quite dark. Good retention and solid lacing. Good stuff.

Smells like an oaky porter. I don’t get much whiskey, and I’m okay with that. Very roasty, dark chocolate with a touch of char.

Taste is good, but a little funny. I still don’t get much whiskey in it, which surprises me. Starts out with cocoa (unsweetened), then goes into a deep char, then relaxes into a soft bitterness. It’s very three-part, with pronounced transitions between those segments. I’d like them all better if they blended into one. As it is, it feels fragmented and jolty. Smooths out as it warms up, but also becomes a bit hollow.

Mouthfeel is fine, though it’s light-bodied for an “imperial porter”. Medium-low carbonation. Not bad, not great.

An interesting beer. I really can’t find much influence of the barrels. Fine and dandy, but not more.

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Photo of Briken
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a big, brown, frothy head and good retention. Roasted malt aroma, chocolate, and oak. Roasty character up front balanced by chocolate sweetness. Notes of whisky, and oak with subtle hints of vanilla. Hop bittering and roasted malts has moderate low linger. Medium feel with light dryness.

This is slightly hot but it becomes more of a hard warming in the chest. A great blend of flavors and an understated and valued beer. It easily matches beers twice the price only the aroma and feel leave something to be desired. There’s nothing overpowering and stays enjoyable and clear throughout the bottle.

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Photo of arizcards
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine in early January for $5.49. Received at Total Wine in mid December.

Beee poured dark brown with a nice tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is slight roast, northwest hops, hint of mocha.

Taste is somewhat roasty, a little sweet from the malt base, a hint of sour mash and hint of vanilla from the barrels.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and somewhat thin.

Overall not a bad beer but nothing special.

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Photo of schwaeh
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another bomber from scotchboy. Pretty exciting.

A: pours dark black with moderate carbonation. 3/4" tan head that recedes slowly.

S: Nice smokey dark malts with that woody oak spiral aroma. Not too much in the way of whiskey but oak is very apparent here. Chocolate malt with some very light earthy hops.

T: Good roasted malts, cocoa, chocolate. I get all the blending they do in this, it's a nice combination of barreled porter and stout. Woody earthy oak is the main barrel component, don't come into this expecting whiskey. Ashy, bitter, and Smokey notes.

M: Nice solid body here, it's real creamy. Drinks smooth.

O: Good go-to porter if you get it in your area. I know the price is right on this one. Easy drinking enough for any time. They might as well not put whiskey aged on the bottle though.

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Photo of draheim
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a deep brown w/ a 1-finger mocha head. Vigorous carbonation visible along the side of the glass, continuously sustaining a nice foamy ring.

Aroma is roasted, slightly burnt malt, chocolate, dark fruit, and oily nuts.

Taste is dark roasted malt, dark fruit, and a hint of sour cherries.

Moutheel is creamy and smooth.

Overall this is a pretty good porter. Some of the aromas and flavors aren't that well defined or distinct, but I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.95/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well this is possible one of the cheapest barrel aged brews I've come across, @ 2.99 for a bomber, I couldn't resist trying it out. The pour is slightly thin for the style, minimal head forms, just a thin collar remains. Some spotty lacing. The aroma features some mellow cocoa along with light vanilla accents. Not really picking up much in the way of oak. The taste starts the way the beer smells...mellow vanilla and cocoa. There isn't much depth. Things take a turn to the sweet and sloppy with some unpleasant astringency. For a relatively light imperial porter, this tastes somewhat harsh. The mouthfeel is thin and prickly. Well the age old saying of "you get what you paid for" applies in this case. While its not bad or offensive by any means, this beer is not well balanced and the barrel aging seems barely present. I often cringe when I plunk down big bucks for the high rated bourbon stouts, but I must say that the extra dollars show up in this quality. I wouldn't buy this again, even at its low price.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber into standard pint.

A: Dark and opaque with deep amber highlights. One finger mocha head that dissipated quickly into nothing and leaves no lacing.

S: Sweet and woody with chocolate malt. Not much hops on the nose.

T: Light hops at first that carries through the whole time, a good bitterness. Dark malt and charred wood. Slightly fruity like dried dark fruits. Very small whiskey presence. A little alcohol warmth on the finish but not much.

M: medium bodied and smooth, goes down easy.

O: Good amount of wood and smoke in it from the barrels and chips. Not a bad brew, I would drink it again.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $6.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a black, inky-looking body with an inch of tan-hued foam.

Smell: Dark chocolate enveloped roasted malt joining a vigorous, vinous fruit aroma atop subtle tannic hints of oak barrel.

Taste: Starts off with a sweet, smooth roastiness introducing dark chocolate and a lively blend of fruits: raisins, plums, and sourish dark cherry. There's a gentle charred oak character, though never much in the way of a bourbon flavor. Earthy, vaguely spicy hops with a balancing medium-low bitterness. Semi-dry, fruity, faintly roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I actually found it to be rather likable and quaffable.

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Photo of caryt
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Green Dragon

A: Looks like an Russian Imp Stout except a tad lighter on the head. Opaque black.

S: Smells of espresso and molasses.

T: Bitter on the tongue, slighlty unusual from what I expect from a Imp Porter. Not very complex, strong booze, coffee and not much else.

M: Perfect carbonation but as I said bitter on the tongue shocking the tastebuds disguising any complexities this beer might have had.

O: Not a complete failure, might even try on a different occasion. But I must admit I'm not a huge fan of any of Bridgeport's offerings. I wish I were but they just don't tickle my fancy. Try it, not a failure, just not epic.

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Photo of harrymel
1.64/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Vintage 2011: 50% aged in Whiskey barrels; 50% aged on oak Pours a brown ale with some fleeting light tan foam leaving a solid sheet of the same. No lace. Smells of oak, cigarette smoke, ash, stale popcorn and some coffee grounds. Not impressive smell. Flavor is ashy and has some bitterness as well as some oak flavor mingling with banana esters. Medium bodied with low carb and a semi dry finish. This beer was a total miss for me. Not good at all. 3/1.5/1.5/2//1.5

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Photo of chocosushi
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Duvel Tulip
A ~ Pours a not-so viscous black with a cap of heavily carbonated head that settles into a butterscotch-tan ring. Looks thin?

S ~ Big notes of dates, oak, & red wine grapes...touches of cocoa, but nothing sweet. Hints of treebark & a faint nuttyness.

T ~ Dates following through with notes of dark chocolate & sour mash (whiskey). The bourbon notes here are focused. Oak on the back end that lingers for awhile. Raisin bread makes an appearance mid-palette. Woody. Light phenolic notes like banana chips.

M ~ Thin for a porter, yes, but with enough depth in flavor from the barrel agin to carry things through. The oak/bourbon notes linger for a bit & end slightly dry. Carbonation is faint, which works.

D ~ Really great ale. Picked up a few of these for a great price. Very wood-forward. Hit it up if your into barrel beers. Not into bourbon notes, I would avoid. Good job Bridgeport.

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Photo of litheum94
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark black, oil colored. Brown head that leaves a pool of foam in the middle.

Coffee, chocolate, vanilla and oak on the nose.

Roasty coffee notes. Chicory and chocolate. Some vanilla and bourbon type alcohol burn. Smooth with some bitterness.

Pretty good BA porter, especially for $2.99? a bottle. Worth much more than that.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.17/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Black with a half finger of tan head.

Pleasant smell of wood, roasted malt, molasses and vanilla. Nicely balanced and subtle.

Sweet tasting, then charred wood and lots of it. The rest of the taste cannon escape the charred wood, neither can my mouth. The burnt malt tried to play was suppressed. The vanilla squeaks out at the very end but it isn't enough to overcome the charred wood.

Medium body, almost chewy. Moderate carbonation.

It smelled great. The taste was just wood and more wood; a bit much for me.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours an opaque black color with a creamy cap of dark tan head. Average retention and lacing.

Nose shows a nice balance of bourbon oak and sweet chocolate. Not overly roasty and the hops are there only if you look for them. Smells pretty good, really.

Flavors are a bit muted, but what is there is good. A nice mix of roast and chocolate with a fair amount of alcohol and hop bitterness poking through. Wood is a bit sharp and has a mild sourness that reminds me of Guinness Extra. Meh, its ok, but Im a little disappointed in it. Not sure what I expect from a $4.99 barrel aged beer though. I dont really think cellaring this will fix the problems it has, but I might try with the other one I bought just for shitzangiggles.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strong, smoky aroma has a decided overtone of whisky barrel and subtle coffee and chocolate notes. It pours a rich, deep, opaque sable with a thick, fine-bubbled tan head that leaves generous lacing. Flavor is - where to begin? Whisky and woody overtone; earthy, chocolate, coffee, molasses, licorice and nutty notes - each sip seems different. Texture has about average body and a decent amount of fizz. Lip-smacking finish has woody and smoky notes and a hint of sweetness. This one will have you "raven"! :D

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Photo of codsmith
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark black with nice 2 finger mocha head that dies down to about 1/2 finger.

S: A subtle vanilla, oak and roasted grain aroma. Not picking up any bourbon. Nothing special or outstanding.

T: Has a charred watered down whiskey aftertaste that is fairly herbal & bitter. Not really sure what they were going for here

M: Medium to full bodied and rather chewy. Leaves you with a dry mouth-feel.

O: Bridgeport does so many good IPA's and other beers I was looking forward to this, but was sadly disappointed.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a snifter

A Pours a dark brown that borders on black that is topped off with a off white head.

S Some bourbon, oak, and some roast

T Lots of roast, some bourbon and vanilla but its quite muted compared to the roast which is a nice contrast to most barrel aged beers. A bit of wood is present as well.

M Kind of a light body with some good carbonation.

Overall an average porter, its quite drinkable and at the price point was worth getting, however there isn't really anything special about it that makes it stand out.

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Photo of eclipse54
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Happy hour tap at The Front Door, served in a 16 oz. mug. Live review.

Black body with tan/light brown head. Good retention, and plenty of lacing. There's a separate ring of foam on the glass for each sip I've had.

Smells of chocolate, light sugar, fresh fruits, and a tinge of caramel. Not really much roast, and a lot sweeter than expected.

Tastes accentuates the fruits and sugars, with candy apple and perhaps coconut showing up. Chocolate, cane sugar, and light caramel finish it off.

Carbonation is fine, but it finishes extremely dry and sticky. Sugary coating left on the palate.

Overall, a strange imperial porter. Very sweet for the style, and a bit brutal in texture and finish.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass...

P: Pitch black complete darkness even in the cascading light. A dark coffee 1/2 inch of frothy head that quickly disappears into the black depths, leaving a luscious rootbeer float layer of goodness.

S: Toffee, nutmeg, salty nuts and cinnamon bananas swarm this subtly boozy aroma. Flying along is yeast, leather hints of vanilla bean and roasted malts.

T/M: a weirdly carbonized almost weightless feel. A almost waters down sloshy cola. Toasty malts, wood, coffee and bourbon blast the palate. A vanilla backbone with fresh hop bitterness. Once warmed this bird flocks your palate with heavy molasses and bourbon.

O: Very mild when cold but the flavors really shine when it warms. An uncaged flight of flavors that marry well together. Hark the raven never more...

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with red highlights when held to the light. An active 1.5 fingers of cola head.

S - Roasted malts, vanilla, oak, coffee beans, dark chocolate, raisins, bourbon comes out more and more as it warms.

T - Follows the nose with roasted malts, roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, smoked oak is present as well as some bourbon booziness. There's an unknown fruity character. Leafy hops provide bitterness and finishes very dry.

M - Moderate carbonation, light to medium body, somewhat creamy, warming.

Very interesting beer. The components work together and do not overpower each other. The bourbon compliments the coffee and chocolate.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Raven Mad, bomber split into Sam Adams Perfect Pint glasses with my wife. 2011 Vintage.

A: Pours a very dark and opaque black with a tan head that recedes rather quickly...not much lace.

S: Initially (and surprisingly) dark fruits are the first thing that jump out. Oak and caramel sweetness follow right behind...smells smooth and sweet, with subtle boozy alcohol.

T: Vanilla/caramel smoothness, chocolate malt and some oak dominate here...there is a toasty woodiness, but more roasted qualities would be nice. There are some welcome hints of smoke and whiskey/alcohol heat. Finishes a bit dry with flavors of malt, toasted oak, and dry bitter cocoa.

MF: Here the oaking provides a rich, smooth creamy palette with medium body and low carbonation and dryness.

O: A decent drinker for the price point ($5.49 for 22oz) but still underwhelming in some ways. I would have liked a more intense palette and nose for a 50% whiskey barrel aged porter.

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Raven Mad Imperial Porter from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
3.7 out of 5 based on 147 ratings.
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