Thomas Hooker Imperial Porter | Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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Thomas Hooker Imperial PorterThomas Hooker Imperial Porter

Brewed by:
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States

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

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Photo of Boto
4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1 Liter Bomber: Dark. This beer is dark brown with hints of ruby when held up to a light. Good size tan head. Decent lacing down the glass. Aroma is rich with roastiness, coffee and chocolate. The taste is rich: this is a full-bodied beer. Big roasty taste. The chocolate and coffee are still there is force. A hint of hops in there somewhere. This was even better than when I got an early taste right off the vat. Excellent job on this one, Paul!

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Photo of Starchild
4.82/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Godly carbonation filled my pint. It looks like it’s from a pub can. I'm really enjoying this swing top bottle. Thank god it’s a liter bottle because I really like a full imperial pint of imperial porter. Wafts of coffee, sweet roast; hops and spices reach my nose. The beer tastes so clean and complex. You can pick out every flavor. Yes some floral notes, hops, coffee, a tinge of smokiness, and black malt. It’s really surprising the flavors stay so distinct. Amazing. Get me a juicy hamburger with cheddar cheese, thick fries and a wedge pickle please. This beer is a beautiful creation.

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Photo of beernbbq
4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent. AS close to perfection as I have found and right here in CT. A beuatiful jet black with a tight brown head. Aroma and taste of coffee, dark chocolate and mint. Smooth on the tounge, not bitter or cloying and finishes beautifully dry. An wonderful brew and I will need to track down some more. Love the litre bottle, too.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 1 LIter flip top bottle. THe brew pours very very dark brown, almost black. Absolutely no light gets through the glass. A rich brown head of tight bubbles foams up but fades to a thin layer on the surface. Immediately floral hop aromas penetrate my nasal passage. Also strong coffee and to a lesser extent chocolate scents show up too. The first sip reveals mild carbonation, earthy hop flavors, malty sweetness, coffee notes and some roastiness. The aroma predicts the flavors very well in this brew. Perhaps this beer should be renamed a mocha porter with the flavors that linger in my mouth.
The beer is only medium bodied, I would have expected a little more thickness, and is very easy to drink. I wish I had had a chance to sample this on tap as well. Definitely worth trying/picking up if you see it.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.82/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

While trying to fend off the Thanksgiving tryptophan fugue at Eli Cannon's, Casey informed us that they were tapping the new Thomas Hooker Imperial Porter, and asked us if we wanted to try it.
Hell yes, brother.
The beer arrived in a pint glass looking inky black, topped with a dollop of greyish beige head. The head dies out completely about 3/4 of the way through, which is perhaps my only complaint about this beer. It's really not that big a deal though.
The aroma is very much an authentic baltic porter, except that it's fresh, with much more complexity to the malt. The depth of the aroma is really amazing. Very clean, with loads of roasted maltiness exhibiting coffee and sugary caramel, with a bit of dark chocolate. A very interesting suggestion of blackberry is apparent, coming through more as a blend of malt aroma than a distinct berry. Subtle earthy (german?) hops ride beneath the malt, providing just enough for balance. The aroma really blooms as the beer warms, definitely let it sit and breathe for a while before sampling, if it's too cold.
The beer is so amazingly smooth. Very full bodied, with a velvety texture to the carbonation. It brought back memories of this awful velour shirt I used to wear every day as a kid, until Mom convinced me to give it up. I loved that shirt, because it was so soft and comfortable. Anyways, the sip starts out with a powerful, yet refined roasted maltiness. Sweet, though not cloying in the least. The carbonation is almost microscopic, just a tingling sensation on your tongue. Loads of black coffee and caramel flavors, with some baker's chocolate towards the middle. Very complex and very clean. A faint blackberry fruitiness comes through in the middle, complimenting and accenting both the coffee and chocolate flavor. It doesn't hurt the caramel, either. A light herbal, earthy hopping punctuates the beer in the finish, just enough to provide balance. Very little hop bitterness. Most of the bitterness is up front, from the dark roasted malt. Any alcohol is completely hidden, save for a light warmth in the swallow. The aftertaste disappears quickly, although a faint coffee maltiness lingers on the back of your tongue. Exceptional.
This is perhaps one of the very few beers that's better than the original. This porter exceeded my high expectations, and then some. I'll be hoarding this stuff for the rest of the year.

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful deep dark color with a thick tan head. Really active nose of roasted malts and coffee bean with a hint of leafy hops. Taste is awesome from first sip. Unbelievable rich flavors of roasted malt and coffee bean with really nice sweet undertow of caramel and bittersweet chocolate. And if that isn't enough there is a really nice hop finish that has tartness reminiscent of a really strong fresh espresso. The hops in this really make it awesome. This beer had a really drinkable quality and no syrupy or heavy finish you might expect with such a big beer and style. This is a limited release and I can kick myself for only buying two bottles.

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Photo of mikeys01
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Eli Cannon's tonight, in a nice full pint glass for the bargain price of $3.50. I was very happy to see this on tap as I've been dying to try it. Now I want more...the Hooker Imperial Porter arrived in my glass a deep midnight black, with just traces of dark tan foam on top, moderate carbonation. A fresh hop aroma greets you at first then is overtaken by strong scents of coffee and roastiness. Taste is very much coffee-is and roasty at first, then some nice hop bitterness comes in to complement the roasted malt. Becomes sweeter toward the end with hints of raisin and just a bit of nice alcohol warmth. Quite smooth and drinkable for a big porter....excellent brew from Troutbrook.

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Thomas Hooker Imperial Porter from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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