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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 erlenmeyer
1/5  rDev -70.7%

erlenmeyer, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
1.5/5  rDev -56%

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.

FeDUBBELFIST, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Jordanbryan10
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

Jordanbryan10, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of SolomonGrundy
2.6/5  rDev -23.8%

The basics: $7.49/500ml bottle (yikes!!) and 7%ABV (nice)...very expensive...

Pours a muddy amber, on the way to mahogany. No real head forms on pour. It kind of rims the glass about 30 seconds after pouring. Very slight lacing, if any. Not really any carbonation. Sort of sub-par...however....

The aromas are super intriguing. I love this chocolately, woody thing going on. A very strange, almost musty smell in there, though, really draws me back...I can't really place some of these aromas, and it worries me a tad. There is a very sweet component, too, like hot chocolate powder...Strange and unique, but interesting...

Flavor is crazy, but has an almost astringent character to it. It's like paint thinner, and that's the smell I couldn't place earlier. This is really unfortuante and can't be what the brewers intended, can it??!! There is a cavalcade of other stuff going on, but the paint thinner residue is so thick I can't stop thinking about it. The finish is almost entirely this paint thinner note, with tons of bitterness (hopefully from hops and not actual paint thinner)...This is, unfortunately, too "off" to recommend...Look elsewhere unless you like the bad side of strange in your brews...

What I like most: The oh so close to being good aroma profile.

What I like least: The "paint thinner" characteristic that colors everything.

Verdict: If it's a good beer, and not a mistake, this is weird...too weird...

SolomonGrundy, May 03, 2011
Photo of craytonic
2.68/5  rDev -21.4%

Humm... label says imperial porter. Jet black pour with a huge mocha head. Intense smell of coffee and fudge. Tastes of burnt espresso, fudge, chocolate, coffee, licorice, rye bread and peanut butter. Fairly interesting for a sip or two, but not much more.

craytonic, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of aztraz
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

aztraz, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
2.8/5  rDev -17.9%

Thanks, Gil.

A: The beer pours a dark brown color with a very small off-white head.

S: Roasted malt, char, and coffee aromas give this one a strong aroma right from the start. There is a light acidity along with some mild nuttiness. A bit of vanilla and toffee, perhaps some molasses.

T: Oh man. Pure sugar followed by intense char. Prune juice and burnt wood with lots of roasted malt and a bit of sawdust. Sugary but slightly acidic, a lot of roast, a bit of molasses, and a mild coffee flavor.

M: Medium bodied, but sort of watery. Minimal carbonation to go with it.

O: This was not good. The aroma wasn't too bad, but the flavor is just rough.

womencantsail, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of prototypic
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%

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.

prototypic, May 09, 2011
Photo of Murrhey
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%

Purchased from Portland's Belmont Station for $9.87. Poured from a 500ml bottle into a conic pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Quarter-inch mocha head, extremely active. Dies very quickly. Tiny spots of lacing when agitated. Dark cocoa color, no clarity. Not a great looking beer.

S- Black strap molasses, toffee, some boozy notes and chocolate. Very sweet, almost cloyingly. Smells like cookie dough, actually.

T- Molasses, chocolate, toffee and bitter notes. Not bad.

M- Very light carbonation, light body and extremely wet.

O- Very disappointed with this beer. For the price I was expecting something much more appealing.

Murrhey, May 04, 2013
Photo of Pundarquartis
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%

Aroma: Nutty, smokey and sweet... pleasant and fresh... think of it as summer-porty-ish. Appearance: Black with créme-colored head. Taste: My first impression was, disappointment. A slightly sour taste with a hint of coffee and cigar smoke at the back of the tongue. However this taste was pale and watery. Palate: Light and easy but without body... feels like somethings missing on the palate. Overall: To sum it all up, it’s a decent session beer, but it doesn’t excel at anything really.

Pundarquartis, May 04, 2011
Photo of oline73
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%

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.

oline73, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of cadaugherty
3/5  rDev -12%

cadaugherty, May 08, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%

From 5/21/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a darkish nut brown color with one finger of tan head that quickly disappears quickly.

s - Smell is very sweet. Getting mostly sugar and dark fruits.

t - Taste of dark fruity, bready and fruity malts, and sugar. Again, way to sweet.

m - High carbonation and medium body.

d - An ok beer, but way to sweet and carbonated for me. Would not look to have again.

mdfb79, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
3.09/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

DrDemento456, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Bung
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

Bung, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of dqrull
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%

Pours a pitch black with a moderate, quite thick head that leaves little to no lacing.

Smells of rye bread with butter, and a hint of liqourice, light chocolate, a rather full nose.

Taste is very hard roasted, almost burnt, actually really close to burnt. Imagina a toast of rye-bread that has spent a few minutes too long in the toaster, and that's actually about it. I get a small hint of milk chocolate in the aftertaste as well as a light liqourice throughout, but overall the burnt malt dominates far too much for me.

Mouthfeel is pretty light, but there's a stingyness too it that I really cant place, not the alcohol, something else, but it makes the brew significiantly less enjoyable than it could have been.

dqrull, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of farrago
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%

Super aggressive barely yields a head, thin layer of large dark brown bubbles, no foam, gone in a nanosecond, same can be said for the more or less nonexistent lacing too. The liquid is dark brown to black with a serious amount of big, chunky floaties inside, touch of yellow around the rims. The nose comes off as quite dry and dusty even, cocoa, mocha, coffee grounds, anise, dried flowers, challah bread, sour lemon peel and fig, peach fruit with a metallic edge. Medium-bodied, flat mouth presence with little carbonation or real energy to it. While the roast is very evident, there’s sufficient vanilla and butterscotch to sweeten up the dark chocolate powder and cocoa, albeit that coffee element pulls it back towards bitterness. That black licorice, anise and floral thing persists, were it deeper it could really turn the tide for this brew. There’s a freshly herbaceous pucker through the back half which relieves some monotony. This aided by a certain salinity to brininess. Interesting even if you can’t say it’s all that satisfying.

farrago, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

GRG1313, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of tfsimpkins
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

tfsimpkins, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of Florya
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Florya, Jun 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

KAF, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

oberon, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of NoLiberty
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

NoLiberty, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Sammy, Jan 22, 2014
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½ Idjit! from Dugges Ale- & Porterbryggeri AB
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