Category Archives: American Imperial Porter

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.

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Ballast Point Victory At Sea – Peppermint

Brewery: Ballast Point Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 10%
Style: American Imperial Porter
Other Notes: AKA Peppermint Victory At Sea. Porter with coffee & natural flavors

Brewer Description: (from bottle) A winning combo of coffee, vanilla & mint. This Peppermint Victory At Sea is a festive take on our popular Imperial Porter. We took our trademark robust porter brewed with Caffe Calabria coffee and vanilla and added a dose of refreshing peppermint. The trio of flavors play perfectly on your palate – the brew’s sweet roastiness balances nicely with a cool, minty finish.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.72
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 22 fl. oz. bomber with a Julian bottled on date of 16292, meaning it was bottled on 18th October 2016. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A dark brown colour with a big two finger tanned head that had pretty good retention while leaving some sparse lacing.
Aroma: Peppermint, coffee, chocolate with hints of vanilla.
Taste: Peppermint coolness, roasted malts, chocolate, caramel and vanilla sweetness with some light bitterness from the coffee.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to full bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: The aroma of peppermint and chocolate matched well together, however in the taste, the peppermint and coffee flavours seemed to be clashing with each other a bit and didn’t mesh together as well as I would have liked.

Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Bourbon Maple Syrup Barrel Aged

Brewery: Evil Twin Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 11.5%
Style: American Imperial Porter
Other Notes: Produced and bottled for Evil Twin Brewing by Westbrook Brewing Co., Mount Pleasant, SC

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Imperial Porter aged in bourbon flavored maple syrup barrels. BLiS Because Life Is Short

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.11
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 22 fl. oz. bomber with no bottled on or best before date. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with a thin brown head that dissipated quickly to a ring around the glass and left only sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Bourbon, chocolate, pancake batter, molasses and maple.
Taste: Sweet maple, oak, bourbon, chocolate, caramel and coffee with hints of vanilla and soy.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, full to medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: It’s sweet, but luckily only on the borderline of being too sweet for me. I also get some maple flavours, but prefer it to be even more distinct. But despite this, it was still a nice an enjoyable dessert beer.

Nøgne Ø x Kissmeyer Naked Kiss

Brewery: Nøgne Ø x Kissmeyer Beer
Country: Norway
ABV: 11.5%
Style: American Imperial Porter
Other Notes: 40 IBUs

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Here at Nøgne Ø we’ve always had a secret crush on Anders Kissmeyer. Our first fling with Anders resulted in the Double Knot Brown. Our very first collaboration brew! Now we’ve hooked up again, and this is the result. An imperial porter with lots of blackcurrant. And so the circle is completed. Enjoy with dessert. Or as dessert!

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.75
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.5

Intro: A 500ml bottle, batch #1273, brewed on 23rd September 2014. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A dark dark brown colour with a half finger brown head that dissipated quickly and left next to no lacing.
Aroma: Blackcurrant comes through strongest supported with some lightly roasted malt and milk chocolate.
Taste: Much like the aroma, tart and lightly sour blackcurrant dominates. This is followed by milk chocolate with touches of caramel malt and char.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: Not bad at all. It’s quite different from most other beers I’ve had and the blackcurrant and milk chocolate didn’t seem like it meshed as well as it could have, but still it’s an interesting sipper.

Evil Twin Imperial Doughnut Break

Brewery: Evil Twin Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 11.5%
Style: American Imperial Porter
Other Notes: Produced and bottled for Evil Twin Brewing at Westbrook Brewing Co., USA. Imperial Porter malt beverage brewed with coffee and with natural flavors added

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Did Imperial Biscotti Break also make your sugar levels rise and the bitter sweet flavors of coffee, almonds and chocolate very sentimental – now we topped it off with insane amounts of doughnuts. This all time American favorite is making it’s way back into the spotlight and we at Evil Twin Brewing are not letting a tasty trend pass us by without taking it to the next level. Drink it with great gusto – Forza Doughnuts.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.08
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 22oz bomber with no clear bottled on or best before date. Poured into a snifter.
Appearance: Black in colour with a half finger brown head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving some sparse spotty lacing.
Aroma: Sweet doughy doughnuts, banana bread, milk chocolate, coffee, caramel, brown sugar and marshmallow.
Taste: Sweet doughnut to start, followed by milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar and vanilla. There is only perhaps a very light dark chocolate bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: This was sweet, not too sweet as to put me off at the beginning, but definitely approaching my limit the more I drank with a whole bomber. Would definitely prefer it in a smaller 330ml bottle.