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½ Idjit! - Dugges Ale- & Porterbryggeri AB

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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 17.3%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Dugges Ale- & Porterbryggeri AB visit their website
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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Photo of baggio
4.13/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draught at Monks Cafe, Stockholm.

A: Dark with a reddish tone. Small ring of beige lace on top.

S: Licorice, Bitter chocolate, Roasted Malts.

T: Bitter chocolate, Espresso, Rye bread, Ash, Salt.

M: Quite filling with a very dry and bitter end. Medium carbonation.

Not bad, not bad at all. A really good porter that i think would be even better after being aged for a bit. I look forward to try it's big brother 1/1 Idjit sometime soon. Well worth a try!

baggio, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Mora2000, May 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

B33rcules, Jul 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

BrewsBr0ther, Jul 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Jspriest, Jan 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

JAHMUR, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Evil_Pidde
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle is long-necked brown 50 cl. with a greenish label with a sun and a picture of Saint Basil's Chatedral (Moscow Red Square).

A: The pour is very dark, almost black with red notes. The tan head is small and creamy/thick.

S: Heavy roasted malt, with some sweetness. Strong dark coffee. Bitter hops. A bit smoky smell.

T: Rich heavy roasted sweet malt. Coffee and dark dried bitter chocolate. Salty. A bit flowery.

M: Aftertaste is long and holds a nice dry bitterness. Body is creamy full (mediumfull) and carbonation is light.

D: A very nice english porter - this is what the style is all about.

Evil_Pidde, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.94/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Beer-A-Lot, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of bluejacket74
3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

bluejacket74, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of avalon07
3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a middling brown color and a somewhat hazy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. OK lacing.

S: A nice, big aroma of malt, coffee, and a bit of chocolate.

T: Tasted of coffee, first and foremost, with some roasted malt, and a hint of chocolate. Not exactly a groundbreaking flavor, but still fairly tasty.

M: This is a beer in need of carbonation. Smooth finish. Medium-bodied, thought not as thick as you expect from a porter.

D: An uneven beer, to be sure, but still pretty drinkable.

avalon07, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

metter98, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from an unassuming little shop in Oakland, CA, and brought back to Australia. Shared with @tobeerornottobe.

Uncaps with barely a hiss, and pours very slowly, with almost no carbonation or head. In reality, there's some static carbonation when it's tilted, but otherwise, the head that forms is a honeycomb of huge bubbles that look like they've arisen purely from the disturbance of being poured. Colour is a deep brown, translucent at the edges, but opaque in the centre. Can't say I'm overly impressed overall, but it's not bad.

Nose is very pleasant with a great sweet roasty grain character that really gives it that sweet American edge. A hint of smoke comes through, but it mingles with the roasty, grainy sweetness nicely, giving a pleasant dark and devious aroma.

Taste is very similar, although the feel is very light, and it feels as though it's missing some body. But the roasted grain gives some pleasant coffee and toasted bread characters; an almost savoury note to what you feel should be a malty sweetness. It's very pleasant.

Overall, it's a very decent beer, and one I'd certainly be happy to drink again, or even on a regular basis. Although there are some aspects that just offend me slightly (the body, the head and the lack of smoothness on the palate), overall it's a pretty good package.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of 100floods
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, almost black pour with some khaki head, not much retention. Smells of roasted malt and cocoa, even a little smokey. Smooth, but very dark and roasted, almost smoked. I'm tasting some coffee-esq flavors. There's a hint of acidity that's balanced by some sweeter notes of caramel. The texture is very smooth by lacks carbonation as it feels a little flat, but in a way that's okay, not sure if it works though. There's a lot of familiar flavors is here which would make this a little normal, but balance of the flavors makes this worth finishing.

100floods, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of bark
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The colour is pitch-black; the low brown head disappears quickly into a thin ring. No lacing.

The smell is very sweet, roasted and malty. Distinct notes of coffee and dark chocolate. Some minty fruity bitter notes as well as hints of salt liquorice and pumpernickel.

The taste is dominated by heavily roasted malt: Coffee, roasted nuts, dark chocolate/cocoa, salt liquorice and salted crackers. Some notes of marzipan and "plums-in-Madeira'-candy. Some hints of smoked dried ham. There are some bitter flavours, but they are just there to balance the malt sweetness. The aftertaste got rough notes of salt liquorice and a growing sour-bitter flavour. Some motes of dark bread and roasted oats plus a touch of chocolate.

The carbonation is quite mild, yet the very small bubbles are refreshing; the liquid is dense and a bit thick.

A robust imperial porter with very enjoyable notes of liquorice.

bark, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of Crosling
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draught, Monk's Cafe, Stockholm, Sweden. Black colored in the glass with a fine head. Aroma initially hints well of fudge cake and tiramisu, but it strangely fades after some time in the glass and turns a bit stale. Flavor is nicely balanced and unique, with espresso, toffee and peanut butter flavors. It lingers nicely on the palate with hints of Cappuccino. It's a fairly nice, unique, but not world class beer.

Crosling, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

chinchill, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of DefenCorps
3.76/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from The Belmont Station's clearance rack for $4.99 instead of the usual $9.49.

While it is a very dark brown, this beer is essentially black when in a glass. A moderate head, choppy and tan, rises briefly before falling off. The nose is quite pleasant. A moderately sweet caramel-laced milk chocolate, this beer has some toffee along with a moderate roast. Quite rich while remaining moderately light an airy, like a nice ganache, there's some floral honey and a faint hop note. Quite nice

The palate opens medium-light in body with a very pleasant grainy bitterness, earthy and almost acrid, but just right to my palate. The grain character lingers thru the palate, persisting through the layers of honey, heather, caramel, chocolate and dark fruit. Less sweet than the nose would have you believe, this beer finishes with a rather excellent grainy bitterness. Dry, unsweetened cocoa is quite prominent as well and is at a level I'm really digging. Moderately carbonated and a level that complements the blend of creamy and bitter flavors, this beer is enjoyable on the palate. I wish I had a spiced ginger cookie to go with this. This beer is significantly better than the scores here would have you believe, and is definitely worthy.

DefenCorps, Jun 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10%

Atom_Bomb, Jul 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +10%

Tinnert, Mar 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +10%

Latarnik, May 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +10%

bobv, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
3.74/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Immortale25, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of Metalmonk
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Metalmonk, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of krunchie
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

krunchie, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of InebriatedJoker
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into pint goblet -best by date Nov/11

A: Poured a dark translucent brown when held up to light, one finger head that quickly dissipated into a extremely thin lacing, decent carbonation.

S: Dark roasted malts ,coffee

T: Interesting flavors , roasted malts, anise, licorice hints, slight fruity notes as well , sweet molasses with a dry bitter coffee aftertaste

O: Not a bad porter with interesting flavors , worth a try.

InebriatedJoker, Apr 27, 2011
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½ Idjit! from Dugges Ale- & Porterbryggeri AB
79 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.