About Imperial Porter

About Imperial Porter
Imperial porters are dark brown to black in color and range in alcohol from 7-11%. Fruity esters should be evident but not overwhelming, and should be balanced with malt sweetness and low-to-medium hop bitterness. Roasted malt provides a majority of the flavor for this style, which has been popularized by American craft brewers in the last 30 years. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Full Sail Imperial Porter, Southampton Imperial Porter and Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter.

Top Picks for Imperial Porter

Brasserie Schoune LEncre des Ténèbres
93 points
Dusty medium brown color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered citrus peals, dark caramelized nuts, and cocoa-fig muffin with a supple, lively, fruity medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-long finish revealing notes of caramelized citrus, peppercorn muffin, and cappuccino finish. A great lively porter with snappy, tongue tingling flavors and acidity.
Sixpoint Brewery "5Beans" Porter
89 points
Nearly opaque brown color. Interesting aromas and flavors of menthol mint lozenge and chocolate espresso beans with a round, lively, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-long finish that exhibits impressions of sarsaparilla, gingerbread, and pepper finish. A fun, snappy, minty coffee porter.