Imperial Porter | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Imperial PorterImperial Porter

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

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Quaffer on 03-01-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown long neck with a "enjoy by" date on the label.

Appearance: Ink black with a thick foamy and sticky tan lace.

Smell: Malty with hints of dark roasted coffee and ghost like woody and smoky aromas. Malted milk balls come to mind also, light alcoholic notes also

Taste: Large and robust with a medium to full body, crisp and flavourful. Brimming with flavours of dark unsweetened chocolate and lightly smoky charcoal from the dark malts. Enough hops to keep this brew lively and it even adds a faded woody character also. Iced espresso. The finish cleans up a tad though there is still a good amount of dark malt and residual sweetness in the end.

Notes: Complex and devastatingly flavourful. Not for the faint of heart ... a porter drinker's porter. Going for the old style porter ... with a new style flavour. Perfect for a raw winters night. 7.0% abv.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Color, full black, as dark as the devil's pajama bottoms, with a luscious, creamy, toasted cocoa-brown cap of froth atop, leaving lace. Aroma: absolute perfection, lush, creamy, notes of chocolate and bitter roasted espresso beans. Quite a snootful, this, I never wished my nose to leave the glass.
Brief bitterness at first, slightly rough and gritty, like I like my porter, really. Then mellowing, softly slipping from the palate, but always leaving some flavor behind. Great burst of coffee flavor in every sip and gulp. Body as full as can be, with an impressively pleasant finish. Just enough hops, loaded with tasty malt, chewy and staggeringly substantial, the mouthfeel's the motherlode, but it's still delectably drinkable. Further on in, notes of caramel and toffee peek up to provide additional pleasure in the tasting, as if more were needed, though we'd never turn any away, of course.
Damned tasty, thoroughly enjoyable, outright delicious.
A brew I'd like to return to again, but for this first sample, much thanks to prAna!

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Photo of afsdan
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of John_M
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Riverplace tap room in Portland.

The beer pours a very dark black color with very impressive head retention and lacing. The nose is somewhat muted, but I do get a hint of chocolate, burnt sugar and coffee. The beer is very impressive on the palate, with a soft, sweet, creamy presentation. However, there is some real iron in this porter, and the underlyng hops and alcohol makes itself known without becoming intrusive. The beer is rather warming and this is one beer that I'm surprised the abv. is not higher then that given. This beer has a very nice soft mouthfeel, but without being watery or too heavy. Very nicely balanced porter here. In any event, this beer is entirely too drinkable for an imperial porter, so caution is recommended.

A very nice beer from Full Sail.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with Skyhand. Thanks for the opportunity... 2003 Reserve, according to the bottle.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/4" mocha/milk chocolate head. Brew is an opaque dark brown/black, and laced superbly. Aroma is filled with super malty, sweet scents, and maybe a touch of fruitiness, but I'm not sure about that. Taste is, wow, rich, chewy, chocolatey with a touch of coffee, and leaves the mouth with a slight fruit, possibly cherry, flavor at the outset. Amazingly busy, but the flavors work in great concert together. Mouthfeel is incredible, so smooth for the style, had to top the board. Drinkability is a tad bit lower, but not much, just on the possibility of the sweetness getting a bit too much after awhile, but the complexity keeps me wanting to come back.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a black beer. The super creamy brown head has a good depth and sticks around for awhile. Very nice staying power. And it leaves some nice "sheet action" as it laces as well. Huge roasted, smoky, chocolate, java tones on the nose. Lovely indeed. The mouthfeel is like velvet. Sooooo silky smooth. If I hadn't known, I might guess this one came straight from a cask. The body of this beer hovers right around the medium-full area. On to the taste. Man I like this one. Such a good bittersweet chocolate aspect going on. And also some nice jabs in the gut with roasted malt and coffee bean. And on the subtle side, I get a litte vanilla, oak and smoke to compliment the whole experience. Nice flavor profile here. This one is a treasure.

We get the Full Sail line to an extent, but all of the best from Full Sail I've had to order from Liquid Solutions. (Thank you Matt Maples) That would be this one, Wreck the Halls IPA and Old Boardhead Barleywine. All 3...excellent brews.

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Photo of Gusler
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As this “Bad Boy” sits in the glass a raven color with deep garnet high lights and the head Herculean in size, creamy in texture and a beauteous dark tan in color, as it evanesces a thick and glutinous blanket of lace forms to smother the glass. Deep roasted grain aroma with hints of coffee, sweet malt, quite fresh and crisp a real pleasant nose to be sure, start is thick malt and slightly sweet, top full and rich in its feel to the palate. Finish is meek in its acidity, the hops powerful in their spiciness, slight alcohol bitterness at the bone dry after taste, seems to me with a little more body you could call this an Imperial Stout, a great drinking beer for a Friday night to end the workweek, “Woo Hoo”!

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Photo of RoyalT
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Dark ruby black with a decent head that went down rather quickly.

Smell – Big coffee and chocolate aroma with cherry sweetness. This one smells bitter and full of itself.

Taste – The cherry and coffee flavors really come out at the taste. The chocolate is more of a modest compliment. The roasted malts are there as well. This is a bitter porter with some big flavors.

Mouthfeel – Full in the mouth and creamy smooth. It is also a bit on the dry side. Very refreshing.

Drinkability – This was damn good. The flavors were big, the body full and smooth, and the refreshing nature of this porter helped it go down nicely.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, Reserve 2003. This is one heavy duty beer! It pours the colour of used motor-oil! An opaque black with a creamy tan/brown head. The aromas are all chocolate, dark roasted malts, alcohol, and dark fruits (currants, plums, figs, etc...). The taste is a boozy and warm dose of chocolate excess with some nice, bitter, roasted coffee hints showing their face in the mix as well. The mouthfeel is pretty thick and filling and the drinkability is damn good for a porter of this size. A very *heavy duty* Porter!


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Photo of Reidrover
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this in the "bomber" brown glass of course says "Reserve 2003" on the label.
This beer pours a very very dark brown almost pitch black indeed..i can find no colour highlights when i raise the glass to the light..smallish tan head ..soon fades to a luscious lace down my glass. beautiful.

The aroma however is not too good..above average but Ive been drinking Polish Baltics the other night ..ah well ,smell some roasted malt..a little dark chocolate but nothing to get excited about.
Nice taste though the toasted malt hits you right away with some sweetness but this is quickly offset by a nice hop bitterness..some caramel flavours here..chocolatre..and butterscotch even..nice
Feels nice and creamy in the mouth as it should well done.
overall pretty drinkable beer..but i suppose I have spoiled myself with the real baltics earlier this week and last. But this brew is still worth a try.

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Photo of woemad
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $3.39. It poured a very dark brown with a thick dark tan head. Very gratifying sheets of lacing dripping down the glass. The smell of this is of dark chocolates, coffee, and figs. There's a little caramel sweetness hiding amongst the rich, bitter flavors. This is a very tasty porter. The figginess and chocolaty flavors really come to the fore. This isn't as thick as some porters I've consumed, but it is rather filling. This, combined with the relatively high alcohol content (which isn't noticed in the taste), would probably rule this out as a session beer. Still, this is a great porter, and I hope it leaves my stomach still wanting my dinner!

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Photo of beerguy101
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 vintage. Eclipse black color. Medium tan head. Aroma is rich roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. This is the thickest pouring porter I think I have ever tried. A full to medium bodied porter. Malts are deeply roasted, chocolate, burnt toast and coffee. Hops are a touch grapefruity and spicy. This beer is a little silkier and creamier than I would expect from a porter. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry with a touch of peat. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and slightly choclately.

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Photo of Crosling
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a rich bubbly tan head. Nice head retention and lacing throughout.

The aroma is full of chocolate, dark caramel, roasted grains and coffee.

Flavors consist of burnt chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, toffee, and toasted malts.

A real "robust" porter. This is how beer is supposed to be!

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Photo of marc77
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Virtually black, with trace clear deep crimson when held to light. Pitted, slowly dissipating dark tan head leaves muddled lace. Bittersweet chocolate, burnt black patent and roasty, raisiny dark caramel hit the nose concomitantly at first, then are ceded by mellow notes of molasses, caramelized prunes and edgy hints of ethanol. Understated citric hop tinge. Snap of sharp black malt bitterness in flavor widens into a bittersweet chocolate and caramel malt sweetness combination. Assertive hop bitterness emerges mid palate along with a subtle black currant like fruitiness, leaving an unripe berry impression. Chocolate malt character becomes dryish and akin to powered cocoa late. As the beer breathes, a hint of diacetyl emerges and adds a buttery complement to the permeating chocolate presence. A touch shy in body to support the rich, rounded malt character. Iced coffee like in mouthfeel. Hop bitterness diminishes late, allowing date like, fructose notes to add staple sweetness. Finishes polar, with residual sweetness and carbonaceous bitterness each perceived separately, much like bitter wort. A unique, robustly flavored porter. Darkly roasted malts are assertive, yet clean and devoid of astringency. A touch thinly bodied, but dangerously quaffable nonetheless. A sincere thanks to Jaybeerman for the bomber.

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Photo of beerluvr
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out with a fine tan head sitting over impressive opaque black liquid in the glass. Nose is of roasty malt and fruit with small amounts of alcohol...very inviting. Bitter, roasted barley is tasted, with decent hopping too, with an undercurrent of alcohol showing up as well. A little dark fruitiness shows up in the finish, which is potent and nicely bitter/dry. An interesting take on the robust Porter style.

Thanks to jaybeerman for the bottle!

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Photo of StevieW
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another 22 bomber bottle compliments of the now mythical BelgianBum. How can one guy have so many great beers lying around his house ?

Dark, murky, brown or black depending on your mood. Edges have appropriate touches of ruby color. The head settled perfectly down to a creamy full chocolate brown cover. Creamy and dense. Perfection in a glass. Rich smells of toffee, touches of carmel, chocolate and touch of hops.

Combination of flavors is remarkable. Black molasses, coffee, creamy chocolate malt. Thick, rich, chewy malt flavor. Ovaltine chocolate goodness. Hints and whispers of roasted carmel, toffe, and slight chocolate covered coffee bitterness bounce around and then dull you into submission. You can't get enough of this stuff after a while.

Medium to full bodied, no oily or slickness. Just a chewy full bodied, full chocolate malt flavors with a heath bar mixed in. Very good. You ache to have this stuff again.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.64/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally sampled on 2 May 2003. This pours a large tan head with a black body. It has hints of chocolate and coffee in the flavor w/ a nice hoppy finish. This beer is medium bodied with some bitterness on the palate and an almost oily feel to it. Different. Nice

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Photo of BierReise
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber poured completely black with a tinge of ruby red at the edges and with a thick, fluffy mocha-tan head. Aroma rising up from my shaker is of roasty, smokey, chocolatey decadence. The body is actualy full for a Porter and much welcomed. The carbonation is crisp. The flavor is on the bitter side. Bitter chocolate, roasted charred malt, bready doughy malt and a slight fruitiness. Finishes only slightly dry. Overall one of the finest Porters I’ve had the pleasure of drinking.

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Photo of fivetime
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Quaffer
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bottle

Appearance: This solid black beer poured nice and thick. A brown, two-finger head rose up, its color perfectly complimenting the inky darkness of the liquid. The foam took its sweet time dissipating and left copious amounts of lace stuck to the side of the glass. The thin layer of head that was left floating on the top of the brew took on more of the color of the liquid from whence it came, making it a nice, deep brown. Yummy.

Smell: The aroma was comprised of coffee, milk chocolate, cream, and a touch of plum. As the beer continued to warm up, a smokiness emerged, and then an alcohol aroma.

Mouthfeel: Nice and thick and oily. Very smooth with just a hint of tingle from the alcohol on the sides and back of the tongue. There was a little bit of tingle on the cheeks as well.

Taste: This beer was all mouth-filling flavor. There was bitter coffee and chocolate upfront, joined by a bitterness on the finish. The bitterness was not overly noticeable; it just made itself known by balancing out the other flavors. Also on the finish, especially noticeable on the first few drinks, was a spiciness not unlike spicy barbecue. An alcohol flavor became more prevalent as the beer warmed up.

Even though I didn't distinguish a lot of individual flavors in this beer, there was still a great complexity to it that was overshadowed only by its intense depth. Overall, a wonderfully enjoyable brew. A porter lover's porter, to say the least.

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Photo of beertaster13
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is what I thought Stone Smoked Porter should be like, takes your breath away with each drink. If you are a porter or stout fan welcome to the massiah of porters. Pours a dark black hole with a frothy cream/mocha head that is at least 2 inches thick, settles down a tad but still breath taking. Lacing leaves mocha colors you want to lick off the glass. The smell is a combo of cappacino/espresso and smoked BBQ wood chips, malt sweetness and the ghiradelli dark chocloate tone. Imagine mixing chocolate with a coffee and adding malts and hops, then you got this beer in a nut shell. A thick robust feel and the roasted chocolate flavors tickle the tongue, the smokiness adds to the distinct flavor, the alcohol peaks through, not enough to unplease the palate. Exceptional. This is not a beer to drink on a hot summer day, instead it should be enjoyed after a meal, or cook with it, whatever you do cherish it, becasue it is the porter to end all porters. God Bless Full Sail for this creation.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown to black in color with a solid brown head.
Aroma of chocolate, coffee and roasty malt. Slight vinegar as well.

Taste shows chocolate, roasty malt and coffee notes. Very smooth. Nice balance between sweet and bitter. Slight vinegar notes in the taste as well.

Good mouthfeel.
Very drinkable for a big porter.

There was some crusting under the cap, plus the mild sour notes so I'm wondering if I didn't have a bad bottle; and yet this beer was still darn good. I'd definitely like to resample this one and see how the 2 compared. Unfortunately, it's not easy to come by.

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Photo of MJR
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

Reserve 2003

Appearance: Pours what appears to be completely opaque pitch black, but gives reddish-brown highlights under inspection. It's tan head starts out full and thick, then drops to a solid, dimpled 3/8" cap. Good lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is fairly rich, with lots of bitter chocolate and roasted grains. A bit of caramel pokes through, as well as a touch of citric hops.

Taste: The flavor is bittersweet, with a good amount of bitterness that seems more grain-derived than hop-derived. Roasted coffee and bitter chocolate bring a one-two punch, then give way to caramel, burnt fruits, and a touch of diacytel. The hops barely show up, giving only a bit of citric hop flavor. There's a hint of alcohol on the finish, which is all coffee grounds and burnt caramel.

Mouthfeel: Dry and smooth, with a body that's a bit lacking in thickness. Despite the fact that most of the flavor profile comes from dark grains, there's no astrigency to be found in it's body or flavor.

Drinkability: Overall, a solid example of a strong porter. A bit more malt depth and body and this would be a fantastic beer. Despite those flaws, this is highly drinkable for it's strength.

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Photo of Elemental
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours nice and dark with a thick brown head that quickly dissapates. it has a wonerfrul dark brown color. a nice big hoppy and malty aroma that complements the malty/hoppy taste. its a big taste with lots of flavor and a bite towards the end. very smooth and tasty. overall a great porter that is nice and flavorful.

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Imperial Porter from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 29 ratings