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American Imperial Porter
Ranked #207
Ranked #14,580
4.03 | pDev: 6.45%
Tampa Bay Brewing Co.
Florida, United States
Notes: Notes of chocolate, caramel, and molasses make the foundation of this Imperial Porter designed to whimsically greet the season with joy and merriment. Loads of gingerbread aroma rise to the forefront and maintain from the first sip through exhale along with nutmeg, allspice and a dash of cinnamon to complete the Florida winter experience.
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Billolick from New York

4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall can

Pours dark and stout like, dark mocha cap and leaving moderate lace on the glass.

Light nose of coffee and dark chocolate.

Molasses, dark chocolate and more coffee all over this one.

Quality porter, well worth grabbing a four pack.

Great base for pork tenderloin marinade

Mar 15, 2019
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snaotheus from Washington

3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz can served in a plastic cup. Canned on 11/21/18.

Pours black with a big head. Smell is roasty and mildly spicy.

Taste is dominated by nutmeg and allspice. Some chocolate / roast flavor.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and thin. Overall, not bad, but not my favorite

Feb 20, 2019
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.36/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Black in color with just a hint of light seeping through with held up to light. There's a fingernail of brown on top. I'm smelling ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon. I'm tasting a lot of spice with ginger, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. The mouth is a bit warm with all of these spices.

Feb 03, 2019
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear almost opaque really dark reddish brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate chestnut brown + ruby red + coal brown colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense sudsy foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a medium sized patch of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of gingerbread, nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice spices over the top of light to moderate aromas of roasted + chocolate + caramel malts with a light to moderate amount of molasses sweetness.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted + chocolate + caramel malts with a light to moderate amount of molasses sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger flavors of gingerbread, nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice spices with a light amount of earthy hops. Light amounts of roasty bitterness that lingers through the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Reminds me of eating gingerbread cookies - drinks pretty easily considering the spiciness. Reminds me of the holidays.

Dec 14, 2018
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metter98 from New York

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar but when held up to a bright light it is very dark brownish red in color near the sides of the glass. It poured with a short light tan head that left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of ginger are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has additional hints of molasses, making it taste like gingerbread in some aspects. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really liked the gingerbread flavors of this porter. It makes for a nice Christmas-inspired beer.

Serving type: can

Dec 14, 2018
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robotic_being from Florida

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is a clear deep ruby brown color with 1" mocha brown foam cap, quickly fades.
Nose of gingerbread spices, nutmeg, cloves, molasses, chocolate.
Taste is similar, semi sweet, all spice and nutmeg dominate, subtle cinnamon, mild toasted malts.
Mouthfeel is slippery then suddenly dry, thin to medium body, low to medium carbonation and a smooth finish with lingering baking spices.
Overall, no note of the ABV (8%) on the nose or tongue, its not overly spiced and not artificial tasting, its fairly balanced, solid attenuation, surprisingly very session-able and easy to drink a full 16oz can for a Christmas style dessert type beer. Its a pretty tasty beer that comes out in the winter months.

Nov 29, 2018
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Swizzz from Florida

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall enjoyable beer to drink nice and dark but not too heavy you wouldn't think it was a 9% alcohol beer smells good taste good I would definitely recommend trying this one

Nov 21, 2018
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SomethingClever from Ohio

3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

4 oz pour on tap

A: Pitch black body with a creamy mocha colored head.

S: Lots of ginger, cinamon, chocolate, bready.

T: Very sweet and tastes just like eating gingerbread but in a glass.

M: thicker body almost a little chalky a little unpleasant.

O: This beer is everything it purports to be while they nailed what they were going for its not something I would want an entire glass of to have to drink.

Dec 19, 2016
Gingy from Tampa Bay Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 25 ratings