Thanks again to Tim for the opportunity to try this beer. Vintage, but not sure of the year.
Pours a cola like color with a half inch of foam that falls down rather quickly.
Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, slight oxidation, raisins, brown sugar, and caramel. When I swirl the glass there also seems to be a metallic aroma that is a bit distracting. A bit of nutty malts too. I do enjoy the combination of chocolate malts and sweet dark fruits, almost like a chocolate covered raisin.
Dark chocolate upfront with a great chocolate and coffee finish, rather tasty. Chocolate covered raisins, brown sugar, caramel, and a bit of alcohol too. Lots of chocolate flavor, intense, really tasty. A little grainy near the finish. The aftertaste is what really has me sold with this beer. Initially it isn’t so intense or packed with flavor but after the swallow a chocolate, raisin, and coffee mixture starts to develop. Long lasting aftertaste too.
Wow, surprisingly viscous and creamy for an imperial porter. Feels almost like a meal but no problem drinking a pint of this.
Not entirely opaque, but damn black nonetheless...the bottle cracked with a mighty hiss, and poured with ample carbonation...as if it were fresh.
Nothing finer. Seriously. This is perfect, sweet malts dominate, but there's a smoky/chocolate/sweet/coffee aroma just behind it that is absolutely intoxicating. It is everything I remember from previous bottles.
It has a unique flavor, which Victory did not even come close to copying. There's a bitterness and sweetness combination that I cannot describe, yet takes your tongue on a journey to places that I have not been. sweetbitterchocolate, and then some finish with fruits of the earth.
As it is a porter, it is supposed to be by style a bit thin and easy drinking. Well, it nails that completely.
Easily my favorite of the style, although Gonzo comes in a close second.
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