Today I’m about to enjoy a rather big and bold Imperial Porter called Importer, brewed in Hungary by Nils Hansen (at the Hopfanatic brewery). I have reviewed some beers brewed by Nils Hansen before, but this is the first one which have been brewed on a large scale brewery, commercially.
Importer has an ABV of 10.5%, so I’m expecting to sit here for a while. Let’s get started!
Dark brown, thick pour. The head is beige and quite thick as well. As I’m enjoying the beer the head leaves some lovely laces on the glass.
I’m picking up some hops up front together with coffee, roasted malts, sweetness and a slight sting from the alcohol. Smells more like an Imperial Stout than a typical porter. But this is not really a typical porter anyways is it?
Again there is a big hit from the hops, which I wasn’t expecting at all (before I smelled the beer, that is). The beer is not as sweet as I thought it would be. There are some hints of roasted malts as well. Again, not very typical of a porter.
As the beer warms up a bit some rich chocolaty flavors appear.
The mouth feel is full and velvet-like with a soft carbonation.
The first couple of seconds I’m getting some citrus flavors, which disappears as the roasted flavors and the bitterness kicks in. The finish lasts a good while and has some lovely fruity hints as well.
A really solid and lovely porter. The alcohol is very well hidden, so drink with care.
If you take a look at the picture of the bottle you can see a small ribbon-like feature on the top. Inside some really cool information awaits, namely a lot of technical stuff regarding the beer; all ingredients, hop schedule and the mash schedule. For a beer geek (and homebrewer) this is really interesting. I would love to see other breweries do the same, even if the information is probably only interesting for a small part of the audience.
The beer is currently available at some pubs, and Vinmonopolet Vika in Oslo. Pick it up and try it, you won’t regret it.
Disclamer: I received this bottle from Nils Hansen.