Central City Brewery – 10th Anniversary Imperial Porter Review
In celebration of 10 years Central City happened to open a brand new brewery. They also brewed up a special anniversary Imperial Porter for the occasion. This beer is labelled as an “Anniversary In-House Collaboration” which means it is the meeting of minds between the talented brewing team at Central City. Pouring this beer it is a dark, deep brown colour topped with Three fingers of off-white, thick, lacing head. On the nose of this beer comes a strong whiskey, bourbon barrel scent along site a light chocolate and toasted malt aroma. Despite an 80 IBU a hop bitterness is hidden from the scent by the big, bold whiskey tones. The flavour is creamy with a strong oaky, whiskey flavour up front. As the taste develops on the tongue the whiskey settles making room for a bitter-sweet chocolate flavour and a relatively dry finish. A light whiskey tone carries through to the end and comes with a boozy flavour along side complimenting the chocolate notes. For a final hurrah a hop bitterness lingers as the other notes settle. This is a big beer but being a porter it is not as heavy as it’s Imperial Stout relative making for a beer that is easier to drink and less obtrusive while retaining a big, bold and intense flavour profile.
Alcohol – 9%
IBU – 80
Size – 650ml bottle
Price – $13.50 (Craft Beer Retailer)
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