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½ Idjit! - Dugges Ale- & Porterbryggeri AB

½ Idjit!½ Idjit!

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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 18.05%


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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baggio

Sweden

4.13/5  rDev +22.2%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2008 01:09:32 | More by baggio
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Sunnanek

Sweden

4/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 19:20:06 | More by Sunnanek
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 21:32:07 | More by Mora2000
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

3.94/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2013 00:34:09 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 13:09:16 | More by avalon07
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 00:15:54 | More by bluejacket74
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100floods

California

3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 20:49:47 | More by 100floods
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 08:19:56 | More by lacqueredmouse
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metter98

New York

3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 22:18:13 | More by metter98
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bark

Sweden

3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 19:56:12 | More by bark
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Crosling

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2008 14:49:37 | More by Crosling
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.76/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 04:40:25 | More by DefenCorps
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.76/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 23:24:53 | More by chinchill
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 00:45:33 | More by Immortale25
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 23:43:20 | More by Metalmonk
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krunchie

Sweden

3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 17:29:34 | More by krunchie
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InebriatedJoker

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 23:46:55 | More by InebriatedJoker
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark chestnut brown with cherry hues and a very thin tan head that quickly dissipates to leave only traces of lacing.

Roasted malts and sweet chocolate highlight the aroma. A second sniff reveals notes of coffee and a bit of unexpected booziness.

The flavor is much more roasted than the aroma, but still has a very obvious presence of sweet dark chocolate. There is a more roasted or almost charred finish that is very appropriate as well as hints of the advertisted licorice.

Medium to thicker in body with only light carbonation and a part sweet part burnt finish.

This is a unique porter with great coffee, chocolate, and roasted flavors. When considering this as the American versions versus the English, I find it quite good.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 00:58:43 | More by CHADMC3
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foogerd

New York

3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 04:21:43 | More by foogerd
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nickfl

Florida

3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with half a finger of light brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles quickly and leaves average lace.

S - Notes of dark sugary caramel and toffee. A little bit of coffee and roast grain in the background.

T - Dry, smoky malt up front with a little bit of caramel. Some dry toffee in the middle with more smoke and some meaty, cured character in the finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Very dense and smoky with a lot of preserved meat flavor. Not bad, but not something that I would keep in the cellar for a special occasion either.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 06:41:10 | More by nickfl
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rarbring

Sweden

3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is dark brown (clouded probably), almost black, pours with a small beige head leaving little lacing. And some curtains.

The smell is dominated by heavily roasted aromas, coffee, bitter chocolate and some vanilla.

The taste is deep, sweet brown sugar and with strong chocolate, burnt toast.

Very low carbonation, soft but with a dry almost coarse finish..

A complex beer, but with rather small body.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2010 12:55:41 | More by rarbring
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3.55/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 22:59:08 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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NoLiberty

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a deep chestnut brown color with 2 finger foamy head that settles into no cap with mild edging and no lacing. Dark color, slightly cloudy and bigger bubbles but solid carbonation.

Aroma: Interesting aroma. Strong on the smoky notes, coffee, some dark chocolate, alcohol notes and mild hop bitterness. But overall it melds into a weird plasticy smell. It's not an entirely bad smell, but pretty different than anything I've had before.

Taste: The strange smell continues into the taste as well. Strong bitterness with roasted malt, smoke, and chocolate notes. Overall kind of a strong flavor in a relatively light-bodied beer. Starts roasted and coffee followed by middle sweetness and finishes dry with hop and toasted malt bitterness. Strong spiking flavors which are interesting but not entirely well blended.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation and sharp water profile. Light bodied and clean.

Drink: Unfortunately the unique flavor profiles makes it hard to drink much of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 01:50:08 | More by NoLiberty
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oberon

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 01:42:37 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 06:29:42 | More by GRG1313
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½ Idjit! from Dugges Ale- & Porterbryggeri AB
78 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.