Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Full Sail – Imperial Porter

Full Sail is based in Hood River, OR with a second location in Portland, OR.  They make several different styles and have won a number of awards over the years for their various beers.  Imperial Porter (7.5% ABV and 60 IBU) is now retired and a new version that is aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels is the replacement and is part of the 2012 Brewmaster Reserve Line-up.

American Porter – description - - Beeradvocate

Appearance – this one pours very dark brown / black and you cannot see through the glass.  There is a brown two-finger head.
Aroma – One can detect coffee / espresso, chocolate and roasted malt.  I detected little aroma from hops. 
Taste – Essentially, like it smells with chocolate and a light coffee note to the roasted malt with a slight bitterness on the finish that is also dry.
OverallB –  Imperial Porter is not bad, but it is nothing special.  The newer version has a higher ABV and I bet it improves with the barrel aging. 

Description – N/A – this beer is now retired

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