Category Archives: American Imperial Porter

Flying Monkeys Acadian Groove

Brewery: Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Country: Canada
ABV: 10%
Style: American Imperial Porter
Other Notes: Canadian Maple Porter

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Sugar Season – Acadian Groove emerges from the changing tempo of Spring in rural Ontario. Here, we go with the flow of 3000 tapped trees and jam with the full-flavored dark syrup that Breedon’s Maple Farm sweetly pulls from the soul of that sappy stream. That syrup lends our Imperial Maple Porter its caramelized sweet taste that’s unique to the land of the Flying Monkeys.

Imperial Maple Porter – Tantalizing aromas of maple and sweet roasted malts are more than Canadian kitsch in our maple beer: they are a remembrance of the rural rhythms our lives in Ontario. Layered with the plump, creamy flavour and aroma of split vanilla pods with undercurrents of light coffee and chocolate, the warmth of this 10% ABV beer embraces the promise of spring.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.33
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.2

Intro: A 750ml bottle with the bottled on date smudged out, but I’m pretty sure it’s more than two years. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: A dark amber brown colour with a slightly less than one finger beige head that dissipated fairly quickly, but left some nice spotty lacing.
Aroma: Sweet dark malt, doughy, chocolate, caramel, toffee, maple, brown sugar.
Taste: Sweet dark malt, maple syrup, doughy, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, chocolate, slight bitterness, with notes of nuts.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: On the whole it was too sweet and doughy for my liking. It wasn’t as balanced as it could have been and I was hoping for more roast, chocolate and bitterness.

Mikkeller Brian Bourbon BA

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 12.3%
Style: American Imperial Porter
Other Notes: Brewed & bottled by Mikkeller at Cervesa Del Montseny, Barcelona, Spain

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Imperial Porter aged in bourbon barrels.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.25
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 330ml bottle with no clear bottled on or best before date (my best guess would be 4+ years in the bottle). Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with pretty much no head and only some sparse spotty lacing.
Aroma: Roasty, dark malt, chocolate, coffee, oak, licorice, bourbon, toffee and maybe a hint of char.
Taste: Sweet, bourbon, licorice, toffee, roasted malts, chocolate, oak, coffee, molasses, some dark fruit, char, and a light bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, full bodied, with soft carbonation.
Overall: A good sipper from Mikkeller. Sweetness was on the borderline for me, but it got balanced by the roast and light bitterness on the finish.

Evil Twin NYC Sey No More

Brewery: Evil Twin Brewing NYC
Country: USA
ABV: 11.5%
Style: American Imperial Porter
Other Notes: Coffee blend: Màs Morenos from Sey Coffee, Brooklyn, NY

Brewer Description: (from can) Imperial Porter brewed with coffee and vanilla and almonds added.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.95
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 1 pint can, canned on 1st February 2019. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Dark brown to black in colour with a one finger tanned head that dissipated fairly quickly but left lots of spotty lacing.
Aroma: Roasty, coffee, cocoa, chocolate, vanilla, with a hint of nuts.
Taste: Moderate sweetness, very light roast, bakers chocolate, vanilla, coffee and only a hint of nuts.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Sweetness, chocolate and vanilla seem to dominate, and there was coffee, but I was hoping for more roastiness and nuts to balance the sweetness.

Jackie O’s Bourbon Barrel Black Maple

Brewery: Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery
Country: USA
ABV: 12.1%
Style: American Imperial Porter
Other Notes: Imperial Porter brewed with maple syrup and aged in bourbon barrels

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Black Maple was a beer we brewed on the fly. An open brew day was reason enough to go big and bold. We put our heads together and crafted an imperial porter with deep nutty notes, a touch of smoked malt, a melange of crystal malts, and a rich chocolate backbone. Locally harvested maple syrup from Sticky Pete’s was added to the kettle. The whole batch was then placed into bourbon barrels where it rested for 10 months. This beer was consistently some of our favourite barrels to sample, we hope you enjoy!

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.88
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 12.7 fl. oz. bottle, 2017 vintage, poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with a thin mocha brown head that dissipated quickly and left only some sparse spotty lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, bourbon, booze, molasses, licorice, with a hint of herbal and char.
Taste: Roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa, herbal, molasses, licorice, bourbon, caramel, brown sugar with only a hint of dark fruit, char and maple syrup.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Nice to drink but the maple just seemed to be overpowered by the bourbon, molasses and licorice.

Knee Deep Imperial Tanilla

Brewery: Knee Deep Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 10%
Style: American Imperial Porter
Other Notes: 48 IBUs. Imperial Porter brewed with vanilla beans

Brewer Description: (from can) Imperial Porter brewed with vanilla beans, which compliments this wonderfully balanced yet full-bodied brew with aromas of chocolate, vanilla and espresso.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.53
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.4

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. can with no canned on or best before date. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: A deep dark brown colour with a nice two finger beige to light tanned head that had pretty good retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Light roast, coke, chocolate and light smoke.
Taste: Roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, light herbal and light bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Moderately creamy, medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: This was ok. The roastiness, chocolate and coffee base was good, but the herbal and bitterness didn’t do anything for me. I was also hoping for the vanilla to really come through, whereas I pretty much did not get any in the end.