Raven Mad Imperial Porter | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Raven Mad Imperial PorterRaven Mad Imperial Porter

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BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: American Imperial 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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Ratings: 147 |  Reviews: 81
Photo of Shalanla
5/5  rDev +36.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
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 -0.5%
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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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of harrymel
1.64/5  rDev -55.3%
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 +4.1%
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 -5.4%
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 -13.6%
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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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of codsmith
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of beerandcycling88
3.23/5  rDev -12%
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 -16.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Hopswagger
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
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%
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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Raven Mad Imperial Porter from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 147 ratings