Style: Imperial/Strong Porter, aromas of chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and very long length. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Black, with an off-white head. The origins of this beer style are shrouded in mystery, with legends of the London street porters and regal decrees, all a bit unclear really…
One thing however is clear, it’s been left up to the new world brewers to show the world what an Imperial Porter should taste like. She pours such a dark mahogany colour that looks to be pitch-black, with a creamy caramel head. The dry molasses and blackberry nose is peppered with a slight smokiness, and flavour expectations are high…. no disappointment here. The initial chocolate and woody-coffee flavour with a full mouth-feel, give way to a dry deep bitter finish. The robust alcohol level provides a warm numbing afterglow tempered by the woody deep bitter aftertaste. Serve at room temperature in small stemmed goblets, to be sipped around the fire on cold Winters nights. This beer needs to be treated with respect, at 8% ABV; it’s no lightweight and should be shared with good company.
There is no doubt that this label contains imagery some people will possibly find objectionable. Those people might allude to the fact that it may be somewhat suggestive. To those people, I make no apologies: and I’ll tell you why. The only scantily clad woman in this bottle is the delicately sweet malt aroma, riding that savage Hop Bomb all the way through the long, stormy night sky until it hits your tongue… where you can expect the flavour to explode onto your palate.
Enjoy the taste of Nelson Sauvin responsibly, at refrigeration temperature with your friends or family.