Imperial Porter 2004 ( Barrel Aged One Year) | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Imperial Porter 2004 ( Barrel Aged One Year)Imperial Porter 2004 ( Barrel Aged One Year)
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Imperial Porter 2004 ( Barrel Aged One Year)Imperial Porter 2004 ( Barrel Aged One Year)

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Reidrover on 02-12-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by freed:
Photo of freed
4.72/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got the ass-end of the keg of this at the Dublin Pub the other night. Regardless, Holy Crap!

This beer had a two-toned brown body, deep, dull on one account, but also a much lighter tan frothy head. The carbonation was mild, most of it having been spent on the foam crown sitting atop the glass. The beer itself was somewhat turbid, giving it a very serious texture.

The aroma was heaven. Rich chocolate, peaty malt, and a nice bready scent from the yeast. I was startled at how good this was. An initial mocha flavor was quickly followed by a single malt barrel dryness. The combination was the proverbial match made in heaven.

The body was very smooth and creamy, and was almost too drinkable. I can imagine a bomber would be nearly too much!

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Photo of meathookjones
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appears almost black with a full sized head of tan creamy foam. Left decent lacing around the sides of the glass. The smell was quite potent with bourbon notes, woodiness, dark chocolate and some dark ripe fruits. There were other things going on in there like a slight roastiness and coffee as well. Taste is equally full and complex with chocolate and bourbon over a backbone of roasted malts. There are notes of sweet fruits as welland a slight trace of the alcohol. The flavor is big here. The bourbon barreling really works well with this brew adding layers of complexity rather than dominating the taste. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, perfect. Drinkability is good as well. This is definitely more of a sipper with the strong complex flavor. Thanks for sharing this Ben.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.88/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok new special Imperial Porter this year. First thing I noticed was the wonderous whisky soaked aroma....bur a nice roasted malt profile is just underneath..very nice. Great looking ale..darkest mahogany with a lovelly "coffee n' creme" coloured head.Leaves gorgeous lacing down pint glass. WOW!!! what a marvelous flavour profile..first its the smooth , creamy chocolaty malts, then the great woody, smoked bourbon hits..wonderful..great aftertaste.. This beer is a dream on the damn silky smooth I couldnt believe it. Overall this is a fantastic yet from Full Sail..this is much better than MacTarnahans bourbon porter..if you see this buy it quick, I hear its limited release.

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Photo of aracauna
4.07/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The body is a dark ruby black and a nice tan head tops it off. Big aroma with strong notes of vanilla, bourbon, chocolate and caramel. This is definitely on the sweet side. The strong smell of bourbon really makes this taste stronger than it is. The end result is something that reminds me of whisky-soaked brownies.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served at cellarish temperatures in a Brewer's Art chalice. The seventh beer of the Greer, PintOfAle, AragornUnplugged, and ManekiNeko "Release the Wisdom" beer tasting. Bottle provided by PintOfAle.

Appearance: Über dark brown topped by a thick tan head that had a real short lifespan. A small film of bubbles was all that was left after a few seconds.

Smell: Powerful bourbon aromas: buttery, oaky, and vanilla-ey. Dark black currant and roasted malts undergird the hootch.

Taste: Very pruny with robust and prominent bourbon tastes and aftertastes... and aftertastes.... and aftertastes.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy. Burly, but friendly like Gentle Ben and Grizzly Adams.

Drinkability: You really have to like bourbon and pruny beers to dig this. Purty darn nice: I could see myself downing a bottle or two if I could get it.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Full Sail Imperial Porter Reserve 2004 was served from a 22 oz. bomber. The beer poured thickly, and settled in the glass black. It was topped by a small dark brown head, which left nice rings of fine lacing. The nose was powerfully enticing, with wafting currents of decadently rich dark roasted chocolate, tinged by bourbon booziness and notes of cherry liquor. The taste experience began with a rich roasted mocha malt base , which was followed by an explosion of creamy sasparilla and vanilla, with zippy tounge tingling cherry, coffee, and prune flavors. The finish was very satisfying, with lingering notes of chocolate cherry, bourbon, and burnt toast, topped off with a perfect bitterness. I found it to be fascinatingly complex and rich, with a wonderful flow of flavor. The body was richly full and smooth, but not nearly as thick as the pour suggested, to its benefit. The balancing smoothness of the creamy root beer and vanilla flavors combined with approachable body and intriguing complexity made this imperial porter extremely drinkable. This is easily better than Stone's comparable 6th Anniversary Porter, and is simply one of the best brews I have ever experienced.

Also had a glass from the tap at the Full Sail tasting room. It was much boozier in the nose, with less chocolate making it through...different but still captivating. Also, it was!

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had been saving this one bottle for a mini-vertical when Full Sail released a new batch. I didn't figure it would be four years!

Pours opaque black with a one-inch head of dark tan foam. The frothy head subsided quickly, leaving a few traces of dotted lacework.

Aromatics are amazingly vineous. A smokey chocolate base, with a winelike, boozy bourbon following through. Slightly charrish and oaky, with ripe fruits and espresso grounds.

Slickish and smooth mouthfeel. Liquid velvet.
Carbonation is on the low side and adds some creaminess.

A blast of rounded bourbon, dark chocolate, and espresso lead off the pallet. Warming on the exhale.
A red wine vineousity follows closely behind the bourbon, and oaky tannins bring on some dryness.
Finishes with tannic red grapes, bitter chocolate, and lingering mellowed bourbon.

Wowza. A tremendously complex and sophisticated brew. Amazing vineousity which I was not expecting.
Let's see how the 2008 compares...

---2004 vs 2008 side by side--

Right off the bat, the 2008 pours more viscous, but with a slightly more substantial head.
The 2004 not only has the red wine vineousity in the nose, but there are some apparent sherry. The 2008 is much fuller, fudgey, and richer, with a smidge of vanilla.
The body on the 2004 is a bit thinner and smoother, and the 2008 more robust and chewy.
The bourbon is much more abundant and hot in the 2008, as is the chocolate, espresso, and oak.

Bottom line, the 2004 is leaps more complex and integrated. If you're looking for the most bourbon, oak, and fudge, then the fresh one's the way to go.

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Photo of Crosling
4.72/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The color looks like the standard Full Sail Imperial Porter. Nearly black and almost completely opaque with a lightish tan head that lasts quite long and laces well.

Nice scents! The bourbon is not overpowering like I was expecting. In fact, many other notes from the aroma come out. Such as, chocolate, roasted coffee, burnt plums and some musty and woody notes.

The bourbon provides a nice backbone as it gives the beer a lot of flavor but doesn't take over any of the melted chocolate over coffee bean notes or the lovely vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, dirt and mocha notes. However, unfortunately, the bourbon takes away most of the wood notes. There were some wood notes but I was expecting more. Nonetheless, this beer is still a 5 in taste

Lick all over your mouth lingering finish. Absolutely lovely.

Fuck!!! This beer rocked!

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Full Sail isn’t kidding about the bourbon. It’s everywhere in this beer. It dominates the aroma along with notes of butterscotch (the good kind) and caramel. The taste conveys all of the above with a bit of roasty espresso tied to a crisp, scintillating sensation I’m still struggling to decipher. I’m tempted to conclude that the bourbon that originally aged in Full Sail’s barrels was some good stuff in its own right.

This porter is buttery smooth with a distinct bourbonesque bite. The usual parameters of hop and malt are overpowered and don’t seem to apply. The result points towards something of a boilermaker with the bourbon flavor perhaps being too dominant for some tastes, though certainly not for my own. An elegant porter profile that would otherwise stand solidly on its own enhances and upholds the complex characteristics derived from a full year of bourbon barrel conditioning.

By comparison, Full Sail’s Reserve 2004 is far more pronounced and “bourbonated” than MacTarnahan’s Blackwatch Cream Porter which is similarly bourbon barrel aged. Though I no longer smoke tobacco, I would not hesitate to nominate Full Sail’s Imperial Porter for the title of Best Beer to Have With a Good Cigar.

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Photo of jtfest
4.77/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm a happy man.

My wife is concerned, however, as I actually teared up a bit from the aroma alone ...

It pours a deep ruby brown, thick and smooth -- with a moderate to smallish coppery brown head. Opaque in the glass, the aroma sweeps you (OK, me) off of your (OK, my) feet. Smells of whiskey, malt, and wet forest. The mouthfeel is heavy and coating. The flavor begins sweet, almost syrupy, with a growing toasted character that ends -- slowly -- with noticeable woody tones. The aftertaste continues to develop and satisfy long after the swallow. This is a highly drinkable brew for the style. It pains me to realize that so little of this was produced (I've heard only 100 cases). This is definitely Full Sail's best effort ever!

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Photo of nomad
4.26/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been lagering this bomber in my fridge for awhile, waiting to crack it and see what's inside. In an imperial pint glass it looks deep, deep brown with a cocoa colored head. Very impressive head as it was soft but thick and never dissipated. Abundant lace as you'd imagine.

The taste is big and powerful yet very smooth, tasting of chocolate, cream, mint, and booze. There is a fruity overlay in the middle but it never comes together into anything specifc or strong. The bourbon is still a little hot after a few months, most apparent in the smell which screams bourbon. Once you settle in its a smooth, lean, and creamy porter with a thin mouthfeel for such a beefy ale. A vinuous, complex scented one, too, that needed plenty of air to breath. Not as baltic as I expected but once I settled in it was as full of flavor as a strong top-fermented porter could get.

A nasty-large dessert beer.

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Imperial Porter 2004 ( Barrel Aged One Year) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 4.56 out of 5 with 11 ratings