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Beer – #840 – Mike’s – RIP

Mike’s Organic Brewery Robust Imperial Porter, never a bad time to have a Porter beer, and even better an Imperial one. This is the BeerClub beer of the week.

There are times that you choose to drink beer…

This is brewed at 8% ABV, making it 240 calories a serve,  with 2 standard drink units in this 330ml bottle.

Brewed by Mike’s Brewery  this one in the style that is  Imperial Porter and they are in Taranaki, New Zealand

There are times that you choose to drink beer without compromise.

Happy for an RIP

Happy for an RIP

The beer you’re holding has been hand crafted by true brewers for the true beer enthusiast. The origins of this unique beer style are shrouded in mystery, with legends of the London street porters and regal decrees, all a bit unclear.

One thing however is clear, its been left up to the new world brewers to show the world what an Imperial Porter should taste like, enjoy with good company.

Imperial Porters/Stouts have a long and romantic history with the style being created following Peter the Great‘s visit to England in 1698. He enjoyed the stouts he drank in London and requested some be sent to his Imperial court, the Barclay brewery upped the alcohol and increased the hops to ensure the beer would survive the long journey and a new style was born. 

So, what could possibly go wrong?

Mostly a chocolate nose on opening, milky.

Lovely dark pour with a chocolate colour head, aroma in the glass seems quite green,possibly from the roasted coffee, but that chocolate thing begins to push through.

mikes-rip-copyThat has a lovely mouthfeel of full softness, and there is taste a plenty to be getting on with. It’s a pity you only get that first mouth shock once, although that second sip was nice too.

Quite dry though on the tongue this, which I didn’t really expect, but there is a lot of lingering flavour that makes this very enjoyable.

This, though, a beer that doesn’t quite hold up over the whole journey, it’s starts really well, quite the circus, and falters and falls aways to a beer that is quite green to the taste, and that lovely fullness goes missing. Which is a shame because I was really enjoying this. Still am in many ways, just not the same way.

To the end this has lovely sweetness and surprises you with hints of that  coffee and chocolate thing.

It finished, I wasn’t ready for that 😦

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 of its things from the thing. It is imperfect and doesn’t quite hold up. It has a brilliant initial mouthfeel and and a bonanza of taste and enjoyment from the coffee, chocolate and that sweetness. Sadly though it gets a bit green and raw.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? BeerJerkNZ BeerClub
  • Am I enjoying it? I am.
  • Would I have another? I would, because I think it’d be worth another crack.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I might, this is quite nice, and it comes in that smaller serving bottle so you can get a hit and hint of the greatness of the style. Plus you can feel good about the organic thing. If you like.

Music for this: “BirdPen ” with ” O’ Mighty Vision” on Spotify

BirdPen is an English rock band, formed by Dave Pen, and Mike Bird.

It’s fairly lightweight and easy going.


Imperial or extra-strong porters fall in between the traditional porter, a Baltic porter, and an imperial stout. They range from around 7.5% upwards, with hefty dark malt character, but lack the overt roastiness of an imperial stout.


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