Gorgeous pour of dark brown, thick liquid. Huge capping of frothy, spongey dark tanned foam grows up quickly to keep its seat there for a great long while. Wow! It barely moves. Impressive. Eventually, some time passes and it becomes a large lump of styrofoam compactly drifting on top of a impenetrable black. Tons of lacing all over the place; thick and cob webby. I could look at this glass of porter all day, however...
The aroma enduces me into capturing the first sip with a wonderment of whats to come. Smells a little burntish with some cocoa and a bit of peppery spice to it. Green hops add a bit of zip as it warms and the pepper grows too.
The first sip turns quickly into a gulp as this is super subtle and easy going down to start. Oh, and yummy too. Nice tone gathers up a small cocoa tone over toasted, slightly burnt malts. Tiny charcoal hints ensue with a subtle undertow of sweet tanged dark fruity malt carrying molasses, cherry, and lots of dried pepper total tracks the finish along with a green hop zip of added spice. Great popping finish. The spice is just right, if not altogether, the main stage of palate twisting fun, once it hits.
Feel is slippery in the front, creamy centered, and spicy in the finish. Great tone and texture, very simple, yet fulfilling with a light fluffyness and very slight little tug of black malt burntness and dryness over the top. But the finish is what really pulls this through as it gains a wonderful peppery spice mixed with a green hopped oilyness and zip.
Solidly drinkable and wholey enjoyable as Imperial Porters go.
A - Pours opaque black, not letting any light through. Generous cocoa colored head sits atop with sort of a sparkle to it from the sides. Reminds me of the head that you see on a cup of hot chocolate.
S - Smells of powery cocoa and some baker's chocolate. Not getting a whole lot else here.
T - Starts cocoa sweet with sort of a lactic twinge to it. Works into roasty, toasty malts with a bit of expresso to it. Chocolate syrup comes in and works into the finish with a bit of bitterness.
M - Medium bodied, but seems thin. Carbonation is light.
D - Easy to drink, but this one doesn't have anything big about it. Not particularly rich or chrewy, but still enjoyable none the less.
Thanks to Duckboy for the bottle.
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