Sand Creek Imperial Porter | Sand Creek Brewing Company

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Sand Creek Imperial PorterSand Creek Imperial Porter

Brewed by:
Sand Creek Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Winter on 05-05-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by emerge077:
Photo of emerge077
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Initial pour produces a tiny tan head, and it disappears quickly. Soon enough there is just a flat black liquid in the glass, like flat cola.

Sweet, nutty, brown sugar aroma. Similar to the sweetness of Polish Porters like Staropolskie and Okocim.

Some bitterness and astringency, aftertaste is more tasty than the initial taste. A little bit of campfire roasted nuttiness, milk chocolate and caramel flavors. Easy to drink, but not my favorite porter.

Thanks to brewcrew76 for the bottle.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mully
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-- 1/2 inch of dark tan head fades to a lingering lace, black an rich some hint of color

s -- molasses, milk chocolate, a bit of hoppiness/roasted malt come through

t-- deep, good, hops through out, velvety dark chocolate, patent malt thick and subtle impressive each flavor layer fades to the next.

m-- rich and full but not cloying, the lots of hops cause a little astringency

O-- very good beer I can't wait to try it after it ages and some of the hops fade ma make it even more rich should be and intresting beer in a year or so

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good porter, thick and black, with some off-white head worth waiting for. Chocolate and mollasses, and coffee. Very drinkable, satisfying, more than a bit on sweet side, malted milkshake consistency. The bitterness, acidity,is a byproduct but well contained. WOrth seeking out.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks go to brewcrew76 for trading me this back during DLD '08. Been sitting in the cellar since.

Pours black, with a finger of foamy burnt mocha colored head. This quickly fizzles down into just the thinnest ring around the edges, that leaves a sturdy looking cascade of spotty lace and brown goo down the sides of the glass. The aroma is smoke, roast, and coffee, mingling in with much sweeter notes of chocolate, toffee, and a bit of dark fruit character, to really give a thick tangy smell. A stiff waft of heat makes sure that this lies heavily in the nostrils.

The taste is bulked up by chocolate, toffee, and some dark fruity character in the front of the profile, before settling into an absolutely blackened and burnt finale of coffee and just INTENSE roast, that sticks in the mouth with a charred feel. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, with a feel that actually bulked up quite a bit as this reached room temp. Carbonation is lower, giving this a slippery and viscous feel that is punctuated with an alcohol bite at that end, which really exacerbates the fierce roasted presence in this.

Wow, I wasn't really prepared for how burnt and bitter this was going to be, based on the aroma, but this was much more dark and biting in the taste than I had anticipated. Unfortunately the higher alcohol content mixed with this character to make for a finish that was a little bit more severe than I would have liked. This was overall decent but the drinkibility for me was definitely hurt some by it.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle provided by Pitmonkey(I think) in a trade last year. Sitting in the fridge for a good spell, I make an honest reach for it after ignoring it for too long.

Poured into my Ommegang Anniversary glass. The recent one with the gold lion & all that jazz.

An inch of sandy, tan head, over a dense black & brown brew.

Smell is rich with chocolate-covered raisins, minoring in caramel, prunes, warm milk, aluminum, mineral water, & to a greater extent: plenty of alcohol.

Carbonation is almost non-existent. Body is slightly chalky, while borderline milky. The alcohol is flat out mean. I thought I was ready for it.

Flavor-wise: a long draw of sweet, charred bbq drippings starts it off. A dose of acrid coffee follows. Then a little prune, with a minor notion of dark chocolate. Finish is all newspaper.

Not that thick or burdensome, but very difficult to drink more then one of because of the alcohol & ugly ending. It needed some lactose &/or a doughier finish. I'd go for this again though in a different format.

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Photo of sweethome
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is of deep dark chocolate, a decent brown/tan head fades to a lighter tan color. The nose is rich, lots of malts, nuts, a just a hint of dried cherries. The nose is spot on to some of the better baltic porters I've had - Carnegie Pripps comes to mind. Ahh, silky entry is oh so smooth and inviting - yet layered beautifully with complex flavor profile. Rich chocolate malts, a bit of roast, generous hop bill provides balance.

Chocolate and esspresso delight. A bit of candied nuts too. Alcohol is not upfront, but it becomes known as you slowly work on it. A beer for cold Wisconsin night. I enjoyed it in front of a fire on snowy Chicago night.

By far, the best beer from this brewery - one to seek out!

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Photo of sauron681
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black, no head and little lacing. What little head I could get was very dark tan, almost brown in color. Smells of inviting chocolate malt, with hints of burnt caramel malt as well. Heavy and syrupy in the mouth, very thick, and a lightly fizzy finish. Tastes of dark chocolate brownies, very clean yet malty. The syrup-ness to it leads to a somewhat flat taste in the end, and finishes slightly bitter.

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Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of homebrew311
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Delirium snifter. Not sure what the brewed on date is, but this one has been in the cellar for almost a year now.

A: pours a deep black and is opaque once in the glass. Very little head to speak of, thin collar of dense white bubbles

S: deep notes of dark chocolate, carob, molasses, and a hint of coffee. The flavors are very mellow but well integrated.

T: the taste doesn't translate into being as good as the smell suggested, the smooth chocolate is there, but turns into a slightly sharp flavor by mid palate and has a slightly metallic finish. The flavors on the front a great, but the taste goes downhill after that. Still pretty tasty despite the downturn of flavor.

MF: velvety, thick, smooth, low carbonation

D: this is a nice imperial porter that has a lot of the features I would look for in an imperial porter and/or stout. The only downside is the was the flavor develops on the palate. I would drink it again, but probably wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of Winter
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black with crimson highlights and sporting a tan head. Aroma consists of dark chocolate, raisins and caramel. The mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. The taste has a sweet raisiny front. Layers of dark malt and chocolate are present. Very smooth. A vinuous flavor carries through into the finish. Some dryness toward the back. This is pretty much a classic Imperial Porter that's very well done.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with just a wisp of head that fades to a thin ring. Rich and caramel sweet in the nose with just a hint of soy sauce. Not bad, but there is a lot of malt in this- a touch more roastiness would help it balance, or perhaps some vinous notes. The taste is more balanced. Joining the caramel sweetness is some nice citrusy and piney bitterness, and a dusty roastiness. Smooth, fairly big, and slightly tannic and bitter in the mouth, this is quite a nice beer, although not really textbook to the style.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite the solid offering from Sand Creek. Pour is a deep, dark brown. Near black with some highlights when held to light. Smell is nice and sweetly malty. A roasted bit of chocolate and coffee are present in the taste, along with hints of caramel. Not much of a hop presence but what does make itself known is a light floral/citrus. Mouthfeel is nice and velvety smooth. Drinkability is also up there. Seems in the vein of a Baltic Porter and a good one at that. I could have a few of these even though I have no idea what kind of punch this one is packing.

Thanks to Shades for sending this as a treat for Secret Halloween '07!

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights and a thin brown head that disappears immediately.

S - Strong creamy lactic aroma that lingers and slightly detracts from the other aromas. Hint of alcohol. Roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruits and coffee.

T - Burnt black coffee, bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts. Some dark fruits in the background with atouch of lactic taste that was in the aroma.

M - Medium body with light carbonation that increases the burnt flavors as the beer warms. Dry finish.

D - A tasty porter but hard to drink more than one with the strong lactic aspects. Reminds me of a lighter bodied milk stout more than an imperial porter.

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Photo of ZAP
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Dark brown/black with ruby highlights...light brown head.

S-Smells "Imperial" sweet maltiness...dark fruits....berries....chocolate....caramel...

T-Hell of a nice flavor to this with several layers....big dark fruits and berries...also a sweet milk chocolate layer...and then definitely some java on the finish...awesome tasting

M-Creamy and velvety smooth....not a huge body on this but not bad...high side of medium or low side of full...very smooth and creamy..

D-I'm highly impressed with this and I didn't think I would be...a hell of a tasty imperial hint of heat but the ABV has to be in the 7-9 % range I would guess..

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Photo of joe1510
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$7.99 4-Pack
Coffee Grounds, Eau Claire

Sand Creek's Imperial Porter pours chestnut brown with glowing ruby highlights. A two finger creamy ecru head formed on the pour that eventually faded to a skimming with tall edges. Leaves moderate lacing after each sip. Good looking porter.

Great aroma on this beer. First thing to hit the nose is a creamy lactic quality. Roasty malts are present and make up a solid base. The cream lingers in and out as a berry and brown sugar sweetness comes through toward the middle. Very mild coffee and molasses on the backend makes this one delicious smelling porter.

Finish is perfectly in step with the aroma. This is one of the better Baltic style porters I've had. Roasty malts with a creamy middle, berry and brown sugar sweetness. Finishes up with mild freshly ground coffee beans and molasses. All the while the sweet balancing out the roasty malt acidity. Slight alcohol on the finish just adds more complexity. Excellent flavor.

Medium bodied with a smooth gentle carbonation. Velvety body makes it for a pleasurable drink.

Tonight is a cool evening (one of the first of the year) and this is just the beer I want to be drinking to keep warm.

Like I stated earlier this is one of the better Baltic style porters I've sampled and I hope it becomes something Sand Creek produces every year. High quality porter.

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Photo of drpimento
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Whoa! Biiiig beer! Definitely the best beer by any measure from this brewery. Nice head and lace. Full thick rich aroma and especially nice compared to others of its ilk, is its lack of over fruitiness. Still, could be a bit more refined. Balance is good. Great finish. Despite its power, the end is easy. Not a session beer for sure. still....

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Photo of Bighuge
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark ruby. Clarity looks good. Big frothy brown head. Retention is decent. Lace comes in sporadic rings.

Aroma: Cocoa dust. Some milk sugar sweetness. Slight mocha.

Flavor: Chocolate and cocoa are the domineering flavors. But there is also some of that nice char and bitter heavily roasted malt tones.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light-medium body. A bit of tannic astringency, though nothing major. Carbonation is fairly weak. This is a little too watery as far as the feel. Flavor's good enough. Some bodywork and this could be quite good.

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Photo of nsmartell
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer while grilling some burgers on the grill. From bottle to pint glass.

Appearance: Nice black, thick looking beer. Not much to speak of with head retention, but good color.

Smell: Possibly the best part of this beer. Nice bouquet.

Taste: Solid porter. Not my favorite aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth and thick.

Drinkability: Would definitely have again, but not a session beer for me.

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Photo of Rhode17
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Atron67
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a clear but very dark brown. Had light chocolate brown head

S- has a very dark roasted flavor, some chocolate notes, very malty, low lying hop scents

T- has a strong roasted flavor malty throughout, low hop bitterness making it very strong malt flavors. Would be a little one-dimensional if the malt flavors weren't so tasty.

M- has a very light carbonation, and very thick body, almost but not quite syrupy,

D- a solid porter, highly enjoyable, maybe a little more carbonation would be beneficial, but a great porter

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Photo of MSchae1017
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was tasted in a 10oz nonic glass.

This beer pours deep black with a decent head that dissipates to a ring leaving just a bit of race. The smell is a mix of slightly roasted and grainy aromas. The taste is very chocolaty with grainy and roasty touches. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, a decent beer, but the grainy characteristic is almost tannic. It makes me wonder if some grains got boiled.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by shigadeyo.

Poured black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate roasted malty and chocolate aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture. Medium dark chocolate bittersweet flavor with medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

Solid complex beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a red-edged, near black body with a full, khaki-colored head.

Smell: Rich, dark malty aroma of chocolate and ripened (and subsequently over-roated) fruits - reminiscent of a Black Forest cake.

Taste: Sweet chocolate-coffee flavor with hints of earthy sorghum, dark fruits, and light spices. The finish is mostly roasty in nature, but also has a light floral hoppiness to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This is the first beer from Sand Creek to really grip me with both hands around my neck and force me to keep drinking because it was just so tasty.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown to black in color, seems mainly clear as the glass gets empty, a small medium to dark tan head, quickly recedes. Aroma is a strong cola malty sweetness, some drier roastiness works in as well. Agitation brings out some sweet dark fruits, plums and prunes, as well as some chocolate. Taste brings out more of the roastiness than what showed in the aroma, balanced by the sweet cola malty flavor. A somewhat drying smokiness towards the finish with a little bittersweet chocolate and a warmth of alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, carbonation is soft and makes for a thicker feel, the hops which don't show too much otherwise, have a pepperiness on the front of the tongue, and combine with the alcohol warmth for a slightly dry finish. A very nice porter, I always like the dark fruit flavors found in porters, and this one shows nicely. Thanks to those who have sent me these, look forward to trying another bottle down the road.

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Sand Creek Imperial Porter from Sand Creek Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 24 ratings
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