Pressed - Vanilla
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American Imperial Porter
Ranked #63
Ranked #5,416
4.48 | pDev: 4.91%
Phase Three Brewing
Illinois, United States
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Notes: Our second iteration of our Pressed series.

This big, chewy imperial porter was aged on Tugboat coffee and vanilla to create a beautiful Frappuccino-like experience.
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4.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Phase Three Pressed Imperial Porter: Coffee/Vanilla. This series takes the same big coffee porter base and adds a different adjunct to it. This is the second release in the series, the first being coffee and maple. The brewer, Shaun Burns, is well known for his dark beers around Chicago, so let's see how this one stacks up.

Appearance: Pours more like an imperial stout than an imperial porter. Pitch black in the glass with a half-finger of dark mocha head that dissipated quickly. Pouring like motor oil, this isn't your typical porter. Carbonation levels are moderate.

Aroma: A big gourmet coffee presence hits you in the face up front, but followed closely by sweet vanilla frosting and milk chocolate. The chocolate shows through much more than expected given that there are no cacao nibs added to the beer. Roasted malt, maple, caramel, and bakers chocolate are in the background. An ever-so-slight presence of alcohol burns the nostrils.

Taste: Waves of coffee, chocolate, and sweet vanilla envelope the palate throughout. The coffee seems to be a good dark blend. Like the aroma indicated, the chocolate comes through as more of a milk chocolate. Reminiscent of Hershey's chocolate syrup, which is becoming somewhat of a signature flavor in Shaun's stouts and porters. The vanilla is sweet and is reminiscent of vanilla frosting or vanilla creamer. A significant maple presence makes itself known as well. Dancing in the background are notes of roasted malts, nougat, caramel, and bittersweet chocolate chips. The alcohol is detectable throughout the palate and provides dryness and warmth as it goes down. The finish brings bitter coffee and dark chocolate, with undercurrents of the aforementioned milk chocolate, vanilla frosting, and coffee. Oreo's with coffee is what comes to mind.

Mouthfeel: About as full of a body as a porter or stout can get. You can chew on this beer. Very creamy, luscious, and sticky. Just enough carbonation to move this heavy beer through the palate, bringing some softness and delicacy to this extremely robust beer.

Overall: I thought I would enjoy the coffee/maple version more than this one, but I thought wrong. Although that version is still great, this one slightly beats it out due to the surprisingly large amount of chocolate coming through from what I would assume is just the malts, which is quite impressive. The chocolate and other nuances from the base beer complement the coffee and sweet vanilla additions perfectly. The adjunct and base beer are in great balance. Shaun continues to make some of the best imperial porters I've had (albeit a small sample size). Outstanding stuff!

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very tasty. Pours dark, plenty of brown foam and lacing hours later. Smell is strong vanilla and coffee. Taste is roasty dark malt with strong sweet vanilla notes over a bitter bold coffee undercurrent. Letting this warm really opens it up, makes it much fuller and big bodied. Mouth watering. Alcohol is strong, but not twelve percent strong at first, and then it subtly sneaks up on the back end. He’s known for big adjunct flavors in his stouts and porters, and this one is further proof. I’m going to see if I can hold off on the second can to see if aging it brings a stronger malt base out with diminishing adjuncts. Like I said-tasty.

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4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can pour into HF wine stem.

Appearance: black bodied beer with medium brown colored head. Head has good staying power.

Smell: Chocolate and freshly ground coffee dominate the nose. Hint of maple and vanilla. Was there supposed to be maple in this beer? Smells like maple for sure.

Taste: starts off really sweet and finishes a little boozy and bitter. Chocolate and maple are big and a hint of vanilla. The coffee tastes very nice. Needs more vanilla.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with lower medium levels of carbonation. Little boozy and unbalanced. thicker mouthfeel certainly not motor oil thickness though.

Overall: The label just says imperial porter with coffee and vanilla, but I swear this has maple syrup in it as well. Both flavor and aroma have maple present in my opinion. I was honestly expecting a vanilla bomb without any maple, but there seems to be maple in this. I think this tastes almost exactly like the maple pressed and hasn't got nearly enough vanilla in it for my liking. Honestly a little bit confused about this situation. If you advertise vanilla and coffee as adjuncts to be like a "vanilla frappuccino" then make it taste differently that the cans of Pressed coffee + maple.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick and black as used motor oil
Brown head and slight head retention as expected
Huge coffee notes!, roast, nutty, chocolaty.
Vanilla on the tongue, roasty nut, coffee flavor excites my mouth.
Thick mouthfeel, viscous liquid pleasure.
Great fall evening relaxing by the fire sipper here!.

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4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Released 10/23/19; drank same day (!) @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a huge dark tan head; a thick curtain of tree-rung lace.

Dark roast coffee bean, vanilla & faint peanut butter notes in the nose.

Medium thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Chocolate syrup & dark roast coffee bean flavors up front; peanut butter & vanilla notes on the finish. No booze heat.

Super roast-y and the coffee element is heavy-handed, but overall pleasurable. I'd have another.

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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 17 ratings