Category Archives: American Imperial Porter

Omnipollo x Siren x Dave Strachan Lorelei

Brewery: Omnipollo x Siren Craft Brew x Dave Strachan
Country: Sweden
ABV: 10.5%
Style: American Imperial Porter
Other Notes: Coconut Maple Toast Imperial Porter brewed with Toasted Coconut & Maple Syrup. Brewed by Omnipollo at Dugges Bryggeri

Brewer Description: (from website) Once a year, homebrewers are encouraged to send us their best brews. This time was the fourth time we invite a homebrewer to join us and Siren for a collaborative brew. Dave Strachan submitted a beautiful coconut Porter and so we decided to play along on that theme. Brewed with maple syrup and aromas.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.41
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.3

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 15th November 2020. Poured into a snifter.
Appearance: It was black in colour with a thin brown head that dissipated quickly but left spotty lacing.
Aroma: Biscuit, roasted coconut, hazelnut, maple syrup, milk chocolate and vanilla with a hint of booze.
Taste: Sweet maple syrup, vanilla, biscuit and caramel with hints of chocolate and fudge plus a light boozy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: A nice sweet Imperial Porter. For me I would rank Yellow Belly > Noa > Lorelei > Anagram. But really all four were good.

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Omnipollo x Buxton Rocky Road Ice Cream

Brewery: Omnipollo x Buxton Brewery
Country: Sweden
ABV: 10%
Style: American Imperial Porter
Other Notes: Brewed and bottled by Buxton Brewery & Omnipollo at Buxton Brewery

Brewer Description: (from website) Imperial peanut oatmeal porter brewed with marshmallows, cocoa nibs and lactose sugar.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.81
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 25th October 2021. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Dark brown in colour with only a very thin brown head that dissipated almost immediately and left sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Peanut, vanilla, marshmallow, chocolate, caramel and biscuit.
Taste: Sweet, caramel, vanilla, marshmallow, chocolate and nuts.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, full to medium bodied with low carbonation and alcohol coming through.
Overall: This was nice, but not quite as good as Texas Pecan Ice Cream. I thought that perhaps there was just a bit too much caramel in the flavour.

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Omnipollo x Buxton Texas Pecan Ice Cream

Brewery: Omnipollo x Buxton Brewery
Country: Sweden
ABV: 10%
Style: American Imperial Porter
Other Notes: Brewed and bottled by Buxton Brewery & Omnipollo at Buxton Brewery

Brewer Description: (from website) Imperial pecan oatmeal porter brewed with caramel sauce, a heavy hand of vanilla and lactose sugar.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.5
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.3

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 25th October 2021. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: A dark brown colour with a half finger brown head that dissipates fairly quickly while leaving nice spotty lacing.
Aroma: Mocha, chocolate fudge, vanilla, nutty pecan pie and a touch of liqueur.
Taste: Caramel, chocolate brownie, praline, fudge, vanilla, dark sugar, pecan nut, hazelnut, and cacao. A touch of dark fruit and coffee liqueur warmness on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, full bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: A very nice dessert type beer that has great aroma and taste.

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Mikkeller X’mas Porter 2016 Til Fra Via

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 8%
Style: American Imperial Porter
Other Notes: Brewed by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij. Adjuncts – Vanilla Sugar (0.9%), Coriander Seeds (0.3%), Star Anise (0.3%), Cinnamon (0.3%) and Cloves (0.1%)

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Holiday Ale brewed with spices.

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

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 16th August 2021. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with a nice two finger brown head that had decent retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, cinnamon and cloves. I want to say it kind of reminds me a bit of banana cake.
Taste: Starts sweet-ish before turning bitter especially on the finish. Dark fruit plums and prunes, roasted malts, smokey, char, dark chocolate, spices and a hint of vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: Quite a nice Imperial Porter with spices, but perhaps a touch too much smoke and char for my liking.

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Ballast Point Victory At Sea

Brewery: Ballast Point Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 10%
Style: American Imperial Porter
Other Notes: 60 IBUs. Porter with coffee & vanilla

Brewer Description: (from website) A big porter crafted to weather any storm. Our Victory at Sea Imperial Porter is a bold, smooth brew with just the right amount of sweetness. We infused this robust porter with vanilla and San Diego’s own Caffe Calabria coffee beans. The subtle roasted notes and minimal acidity of the cold brewed coffee, balances perfectly with the sweet caramel undertones of the malt, creating a winning combination for your palate.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.15
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 12 fl oz bottle with a Julian bottled on date of 16044, meaning it was bottled on 13th February 2016. Poured into a snifter.
Appearance: It poured an almost black colour with a just over one finger tanned head that had decent retention and left sparse lacing.
Aroma: Roasted coffee bean, milk chocolate with hints of vanilla plus caramel.
Taste: Starts with roasty malt and bittersweet chocolate, followed by light caramel sweetness and a hint of vanilla. Finishes with strong espresso bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to full bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: Not getting as much vanilla as I would have hoped for, but still has nice roasty and bittersweet chocolate and coffee flavours.

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