Imperial Smoked Porter

$4.75 for the 16 oz pint at Taco Mac, Lindbergh, Atlanta, GA, USA.
AT LAST, a new SN beer that is NOT the umpteenth hop based, IPA clone for the bazillionth time – in itself that’s a minor miracle for SN! Congratulations!
Anyway, back to the beer. Fairly standard pour in terms of color, with a smallish coffee colored head. The lace is very good as the beer is consumed.
The nose is quite alcohol based but this does not manifest itself in the taste. The alcohol IS there, but not as astringent as the nose would suggest. The malts certainly deliver the usual tones and notes for the style, but it seems sweeter than many in the style to me.
Drinks beautifully with sufficient alcohol to deliver warmth, but not as much as to induce heartburn. VERY mild smoke (barely noticeable to me), and plenty of rich body complete the picture. Very tasty indeed, and I enjoyed this much more than I was expecting I would.
Definitely worth a shot if you get a chance.

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02/28/2009
Format:
on-tap
ABV: 7.5 %
Appearance: 4.5
Taste: 4.5
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 4
Overall: 4.5
Total: 4.35
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