Thomas Hooker Imperial Porter | Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

BA SCORE
90
outstanding
357 Ratings
Thomas Hooker Imperial PorterThomas Hooker Imperial Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States
hookerbeer.com

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Full bodied and rich color, our imperial porter has hints of roasted coffee, cocoa with a generous hop finish. Dark roasted malts blended with the crispness of English hops, this beer is smooth yet complex.

65 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
357
Reviews:
282
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
12.01%
 
 
Wants:
64
Gots:
19
For Trade:
0
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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: dark brown; opaque; 1 finger medium tan head that receded slowly to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: milk chocolate, roasted grains; dark fruit;

T: milk chocolate up front, then roasted grains and dark fruit; bittersweet chocolate at the finish; mild to moderate, long lasting bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish; hides the ABV well;

O: nicely done;

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great beer! Aroma was pleasant, flavor and taste enhanced by leaving it out for a while. A solid offering.

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4.71/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. Bottle date on the neck is smudged and unreadable. Purchased at Total Wine (Norwalk, CT).

A: Mahogany hue with 1/2-finger of medium beige head that fades pretty quickly but leaves a few lace dots.

S: A very fruity and roasty aroma with a big dose of caramel and toffee and light herbal hop scents creep in

T: The flavor is a bit too sweet from the caramel notes and a bit too sour in the finish. This is a complex imperial porter without a doubt, but it ranges too far and off the map on both ends of the spectrum. THe sweetness dominates with a sugar-sweet caramel note, lightly buttery, that fades into a candylike sweetness through the middle palate. The mid-palate does pull through with a number of dark fruit flavors like raisin, fig, and plum, mostly raisin. The finish is a little more sour than it should be for the style. Hopping is detectable and herbal-lemon in nature. Alcohol is present and leaves a light sour cherry aftertaste. Bitterness is light.

M: A smooth-drinking porter for the ABV with low-medium carbonation and medium body. Finish is not dry or lush - pretty middle of the road.

O: Thomas Hooker's Imperial Porter is a pretty good beer that has a bit too much intense sweetness in the early and mid-palate and overly pronounced sourness in the finish. it is complex however and worth a try as it may hit some people's palate right in the sweet spot.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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Thomas Hooker Imperial Porter from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 357 ratings.
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