Pressed - Chocolate
Phase Three Brewing

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American Imperial Porter
Ranked #88
Ranked #8,704
4.31 | pDev: 4.87%
Phase Three Brewing
Illinois, United States
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4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 2 fingers of caramel colored head. Sheets of lacing & above average head retention, nice carbonation throughout

S: Coffee & cocoa, some vanilla late

T: Dark chocolate, a touch of vanilla, woody hops, just a little coffee up front. Coffee builds as this warms, the chocolate takes a little bit of a back seat, a little caramel as well. Finishes dry with plenty of lovely dark chocolate

MF: Medium body, fairly moderate carbonation

What a nice Imp porter plenty of flavor & there is no way I would thought this was North of 8% ABV

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewers all across the land are subject to all kind of pressures. And when pressed to create a "pastry" beer, Phase Three responds with their own press. At its base, an imperial porter joins forces with a bold jolt of java for a coffee-rich, off-stout taste, yet this time woven together with the silk of chocolate.

Pressed, their Chocolate version, pours with a light and fluffy milkshake consistency before crowning with a creamy whipped froth that floats a near black body. Sultry aromas of coffee and chocolate mingle about the nose with the backdrop of caramel and cream lurking. Then quickly slathering the early palate with utter decadence, the tastebuds are quickly seduced with caramel, toffee, chocolate, sweet cream and vanilla for a milkshake comparison once more.

As the coffee joins the lavish dessert-like flavors, a welcomed bitterness launches from the middle palate to give the beer a balance against the persistent sweetness. Trending sweeter on the sweeter side of bittersweet, hints of walnut, pepper and woodsiness adds roundness to the sweet milk chocolate flavors before a late palate of mocha malted milkshake.

Hints of kaluha and tirimisu ebb and flow throughout the taste while the decadent ale finishes malty rich and soothing with a velvety touch of cake batter. A long and bittersweet aftertaste shows more and more of a coffee liquor and fresh java taste for just enough of a balance to redeem the beer from a diabetic shock.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Midnight black with a finger of brown foam. Smells of chocolate from chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven, light roast coffee, malts o plenty, and then another layer of chocolate, this one belgian. Taste is a clone of the smell. Feel is sweet and roasted, keeping each other in check, cool and smooth. Will admit the chocolate shapes the smell and taste well, it cuts into the feel a little.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Released 12/18/19; drank 12/23/19 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

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

Chocolate syrup & dark roast coffee bean flavor; holy shit, the chocolate syrup is really slapping you in the face.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Strong chocolate syrup & blunt dark roast coffee flavors; mild booze heat emerged as this warmed.

Probably too much chocolate & a bad coffee roaster conspire to make this bold brew a bit too much. If they ever switch roasters I'd love to see what happened...sorry Tugboat.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My can says "Coffee + Chocolate." But, I'm going to assume my can is the same as the ratings below. (The other two Pressed renditions-- vanilla and maple -- also start with "Coffee" as the name on Phase Three's website... but "Chocolate is not listed on their website.) My copy was found at Garfield's Bucktown. Proceed.

Pretty much a luscious Looking porter; opaque, nice head becomes glass-length lace. (And if you count cans, this one has good Looks, too.) Smells are both coffee and chocolate and a roasted malt base, to boot. Tastes are largely the same; enriched by the barrel's complexity and a faintly recognizable bit of porter stale. Feel is fuller than full and ever so smooth. But, I suspect that having this coffee for breakfast will reduce the productivity of the day... but put a smile on the face of even a grump.

I went on Phase Three's website and, for three reasons, they have an impressive gig for being only in their first year. First of all, they focus mostly on IPAs and barrel-aging darks; so they focus on getting better, setting them apart from wannabees. Second, they have an impressive looking line; refined graphics. Three, they have very high ratings and a dedicated following, presumably driven by their monthly bottle club. Of course being young, they haven't got a great distribution network; but Garfield's had 4 varieties. I look forward to more; time and calorie-count permitting since I am an old man.

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Pressed - Chocolate from Phase Three Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 16 ratings