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½ Idjit! - Dugges Ale- & Porterbryggeri AB

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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 17.2%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Sweden

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
The baby brother of the "Idjit!" Imperial Porter. First batches was 6.4%.

(Beer added by: bark on 07-08-2007)
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Reviews by foogerd:
Photo of foogerd
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dirty brown body with a small light brown head which dies out right away to mere carbonation bubbles.

S- Roasted malts and coffee, some smoke, a slight candy sweetness almost like chocolate chips.

T- Light coffee and liquorice. Definitely some saltiness quality with some dark fruits, namely figs, lots of roast.

M- Pretty light and watery for an Imperial, was a turn off for me.

O- Taste was somewhat interesting relative to other porters, with its liquorice and saltiness, not worth picking up if you see it at premium price.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into standard pint glass a deep cola color with some deep ruby tint,a thinner off white head atop.Black licorice dominates the nose with a hint of bitter chocolate as well.Salty and licorice-like on the palate,almost to salty,the bottle doesnt say salt was added so Iam not sure where the heavy handed salt is coming from.Well its not bad but the salt flavors ar a little overwhelming in my mind,and honestly a litle strange.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a brownish color with a white head. The aroma features a lot of coffee and roasted malt, as well as some caramel and toffee. The flavor is similar, with the coffee and roasted malt standing out the most. There is also a noticeable amount of alcohol in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Atom_Bomb
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle dated Nov. 2011 served in a snifter at about 53F.

A: The beer is dark mahogany in color and poured with almost no head. This soon reduced to abit of film and a thin ring, and left minimal lacing on the glass. Some ugly gelatinous sludge in the bottom of the bottle; but minor deduction given age of the bottle.

S: Strong aromas of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and dark baked bread, along with some hints of dark fruits and a suggestion of berries. Complex, unusual and rather appealing.

T: The taste is fairly similar to the smell, but with more dominance of dark roasted malts. Faint, and prefectly acceptable suggestion of some burnt grain. Hints of dark chocolate, smoke, sherry and coffee.

M: Medium-bodied. Hurt by a slight astringency and an overly low amount of carbonation.

O: This imperial porter is not real strong in terms of ABV, but packs a bold smell and taste that have nicely balanced and complex blends of aromatics and flavors.

Photo of Jordanbryan10
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of Metalmonk
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour produces a head of light tan that doesn't stick around long at all, and is formed of not very promising dishsoap-like bubbles. The color's nice though, having that severely dark brown color that really wants to be pitch black.

The aroma is...fascinating. If you like black liquorice, like, the real stuff, the strong love-it-or-hate-it salt attack so many Scandinavians go for, this aroma will sit nicely with you. I love that stuff, so it's cool by me. There's also a strong flair of graham cracker, some coffee, deep dark fudge, and hey, more salty black liquorice!

The saltiness of the black liquorice flavor is a main component on the tongue, but it's not at all cloying. There's much more: watery and bitter dark roast coffee; juicy plum; raisin; burnt chocolate (the kind of baking failure that ruins pans). An almost minty element to the finish, but that's mild. Probably the hops messing around with whatever malt they used to achieve the black liquorice flavor (this is not actually brewed with liquorice). But for all its intrigue and attempted complexity, everything is sort of pale and never totally coheres to bonk you over the head with a "holy shit" reaction. Taste-wise, there's are many better 7%-ish porters out there, but this is unique enough that you kinda gotta love it, in a way.

Feel is soft and smooth, only the tiniest bit of carbonation. It spreads out lazily over with tongue. The kind of textural delivery that is appreciated, since the taste offers enough alien components to sort out; it's nice the feel is so smooth and simple. I like this aspect of the beer, second only to its great smell.

Well, 1/2 Idjit is most definitely an interesting beer. It was highly recommended to me by a beer drinker whose taste I trust, and while I probably wouldn't pick it up again, I'll never forget it either. I mean, scores all across the board here, so it's a tough one to love. And really, how can it be considered an "American Porter"? Or even, as the label claims, an "Imperial Porter." It is what it is: a half-idjit.

Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of prototypic
2.88/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

½ Idjit pours a dark mahogany brown color. It’s not opaque. Backlighting reveals plenty of burgundy highlights throughout. Carbonation looks to be very light. A few bubbles rise to the surface, but not enough to form a head. Disappointing. Lacing was very light. Meh.

The nose is alright. It’s a tad weak, but isn’t bad overall. It kicks off with a nice chocolate scent. Smells like bittersweet dark chocolate. Roasted coffee is rather strong in the mix, and definitely adds some zeal to the nose. Light notes of molasses and licorice are present late. Maybe a bit of yeast on the tail. It’s simple, but smells pretty decent.

The flavor is rather average. It does feature a decent bittersweet, dark chocolate flavor initially. Chocolate malts are definitely the base. Roasted coffee/espresso flavors are strong. That doesn’t offend me since I’m a big coffee fan. The coffee averse will be less than impressed. It is a strong flavor, and may even feature a bit of charred barley. Tough to tell. There might be a little molasses and black licorice, but if so, they’re extremely subtle. Once again, it’s difficult to say. What is apparent is that there’s a distinct shortage of bubbles. Finishes with coffee and burnt barley flavors.

½ Idjit feels less than ½ as nice as it should. Maybe less than that. The bubble deficiency is the biggest problem. Needs more…desperately. The body definitely feels light and thin. I guess it’s easy enough to drink, but I’m not enjoying it as much as I’d hoped.

I was somewhat excited when I found ½ Idjit. Unfortunately, it’s not as good as I’d hoped. It really needs more carbonation and bubbles. It honestly feels one step shy of flat. That throws everything to a certain degree. For what it’s worth, the flavor somehow manages to be average. It’s relatively simple, but isn’t bad. In any event, I suspect this would be pretty good with some attention to the carbonation issue. If the reviews indicate a change, grab a bottle. Hold off until then.

Photo of aztraz
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours brown black with a nice khaki tan head although it quickly fades.

Nose is a rich roasted coffee with an actual creamy character to the nose that smells very much like very fresh roasted grains/coffee and an almost sweet toasty light molasses character. Pleasant and a bit unique in the nose.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with sweet and bitter tones juxtaposed. Needs carbonation and is perhaps a bit out of balance.

Flavors are fresh roasted creamed coffee with an acidic, citric character. Like acidic coffee had some molasses and purple prune flavors added. Pleasant and a bit different. Acidic/citric character is not to my personal liking but some may find it attractive.

Finish is light bitter/light sweet black coffee to an espresso bitter/black chocolate bitter end.

Photo of UlfAndreas
4.33/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bung
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml. I think I got this one at Bruisin in Asheville.
Brown pour with quite a bit of light able to get through. Hmmm no head to speak of. Unfortunately my pour was a little aggressive and got some sediment which was easy to see through the lighter color, but not a big deal. Wondering about the age though, even with the 7%.

Smell is quite boozy. Molasses, some minerally qualities, then some roast malt and coffee.

A little concerned, but the taste was not as forward. Pretty earthy, some milk chocolate. There is some roast malt, coffee and dark chocolate that finally comes through the finish and lingers a bit.

Honestly I think the mouthfeel is what gets in more peoples way here. If there was some carbonation this would be much better and easier to drink. Medium body but reminiscent of some Lost Abbey offerings.

Still I've have had worse, but I have like the brews I've tried from Sweden, Finland, Denmark almost 100% across the board.

Kind of more like an Oyster Stout.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle, best before November 2011. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head that went away quickly. There's a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate and a bit of smoke. Taste is similar to the aroma, the brew tastes like roasted and burnt/charred malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate and some licorice. There's also a good roasty bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium. The brew seems a bit thin, but it's also a bit coating with moderate carbonation. It's smooth and easy to drink. I think this is a good brew, I liked it.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
1.5/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

16.9 oz bottle to pint glass. $9 for the single.

A: The head is light brown, bubbly and below average in size. Diminishes fairly quickly. Black body.

S: Coffee stands out on the nose and is followed by chocolate and an even lighter scent of soy sauce. With an increase in temperature, aggressive phenolics come through in the form of plastic and rubbing alcohol.

T: This beer just took an extreme, unforgivable turn for the worse. There is an intense and unshakable salt presence which begins in the mouth and permeates through the nostrils. Dried salt water and seaweed are my closest approximations.

M: Light body, thin texture and soft carbonation. Saliva sucking saltiness.

D: I can only assume the bottle was infected. Drinking this beer was like having a gigantic tidal wave crash directly on your open mouth while being bound & gagged and wearing head gear at the same time. Never again.

Photo of Faroveryonder
2.92/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.94/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While this certainly fell short of my first 2 beers that night (KBS and Imperial Biscotti Break), I still enjoyed this a lot. Very distinct flavors, with a lot of bitterness, some spiciness, and an almost rye flavor. I had this before, but I didn't remember it being so spicy or roasty. But it was very appealing. Based on the reviews, the draft version must be far superior to bottle. I enjoyed this and will have again.

Photo of Immortale25
3.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Notches on label indicate it was bottled in November of 2011.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with no head, just a thin ring around the edge of the glass and barely any surface foam. Light specs of lacing.

S- Very powerful roast aroma with some booze driving it forward. Notes of espresso, charred nuts and rubbing alcohol.

T- Jarring flavor of intense roast that doesn't let up. Strong coffee taste along with more burnt nuts and a somewhat unpleasant flavor of rubber. Alcohol's toned down a bit compared to the aroma. Notes of raisin, molasses, oak and sherry.

M- Thick, creamy and not too dry. Low carbonation leaves a little to be desired.

O- Very different and very flavorful. If they hit the mark on what it's supposed to taste like, I find it to be satisfying but not much more than that. Certainly an attention-grabber.

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a few bubbles on the surface that quickly faded away, leaving a bit of lacing on the surface and a thin ring of thick bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Right off the bat (when still cold) there are very strong aromas of roasted malts in the nose along with some hints of chocolate.
T: The taste is somewhat different compared to the smell and has strong flavors of burnt malts along with notes of roasted malts with hints of chocolate and coffee.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation.
O: This beer really packs a big punch in terms of a bold smell and taste but is easy to drink because of the relatively light body and the alcohol is well masked from the taste, which takes a little getting used to with all of its burnt flavors.

Photo of krunchie
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep tar black liquid of medium viscousity, big tan head which stays on there for a long while. Very nice..

S: Dark chocolate, carafa malt, coffee beans and molasses. Roasty, but sweet. I got a nice hint of walnuts which I really liked!

T: Roasty and earthy. Bitter finish. Got a bit of hot alcohol and an almost charcoal-like flavor. Very dark and roasty, but not very balanced. The finish is a bit like strong, bitter coffee - just like chewing the roasted coffee beans. The taste is pretty salty, I prefer sweeter porters...

M/D: Pretty rough mouthfeel, medium body. Adequate CO2, good foam and llacing. Drinkable? Well, pretty good for the style, but it would be much better if the finish wasn't so bitter and strong coffee-like.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1pt bottle served into a Pint glass.Enjoyed on sep´11.Pours dark mahogany in color with beige,small bubbled,creamy,slowly dissipated froth.Extremely toasted malts with hints of intense coffee aromas.Smooth slightly sweet upfront.Roasted malt flavors in the middle.Full body & medium carbonation.Thin finish & coffee notes on the slightly woody aftertaste.Very well balanced flavors & aromas in a quite complex beer.Nice drinkability.Inusualy refreshing sensation in a 7% ABV beer.

Photo of oline73
2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a brown color with some light coming through. There is a half finger of off white head that goes away completely.

Smell: There is a mild roasty smell but honestly this is a bit boring. Not a whole lot going on here.

Taste: A bit more interesting then the smell. Roast with a light sweetness from the malt. Not much alcohol to be found at all. The finish is slightly roasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: This is an alright porter, the roast is good, but there needs to be a bit more going on. I'd probably pass in the future.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.09/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Quite possibly the worst take I have ever had on an Imperial porter.

A - Pour kind of thin for an Imperial porter. In the glass it has a dark ruby red color with a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head.

S - Smell has a decent amount of coffee, chocolate, and some roast. Maybe licorice but it's faint.

T - Omg wtf Sweden! First off it's very watery like they watered down the RIS to a 7% ABV. Second of all the roast is very minimal but I am getting this weird sort of herbal licorice taste and I shit you not the label describes it as a "salty licorice" I love some salty pretzels and even salty bacon/pork but salt on licorice? Horrible!

M - As I said before it drinks with a light/medium body, not chewy at all just water. Far from good.

Overall stay clear from this one it literally is a ½ Idjit since it taste like a watered down RIS.

Edit: OK I just checked the label and it was bottled in November 2011 so over a year old might be past it's prime for a Imperial porter like this. Still wtf it soured like milk.

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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½ Idjit! from Dugges Ale- & Porterbryggeri AB
79 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.