½ Idjit! - Dugges Ale- & Porterbryggeri AB
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3.9/5 rDev +14.4%
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.
10-09-2011 22:18:13 | More by metter98
2.8/5 rDev -17.9%
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.
09-04-2011 03:24:07 | More by womencantsail
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.
03-15-2011 06:29:42 | More by GRG1313
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.
12-24-2011 01:42:37 | More by oberon
3.63/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
07-31-2011 06:41:10 | More by nickfl
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.
04-14-2012 05:00:44 | More by oline73
4/5 rDev +17.3%
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.
05-28-2012 21:32:07 | More by Mora2000
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.
06-08-2010 23:44:31 | More by mdfb79
3.9/5 rDev +14.4%
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.
08-20-2011 08:19:56 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.76/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
06-15-2013 23:24:53 | More by chinchill
3.85/5 rDev +12.9%
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.
07-30-2010 19:56:12 | More by bark
3.93/5 rDev +15.2%
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.
02-13-2011 13:09:16 | More by avalon07
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.
01-10-2013 19:11:38 | More by DrDemento456
3.93/5 rDev +15.2%
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.
04-30-2011 00:15:54 | More by bluejacket74
4/5 rDev +17.3%
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.
02-25-2010 19:20:06 | More by Evil_Pidde
3.76/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
06-08-2013 04:40:25 | More by DefenCorps
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.
05-09-2011 03:52:17 | More by prototypic
3.73/5 rDev +9.4%
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.
11-29-2011 23:43:20 | More by Metalmonk
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.
08-29-2011 03:10:46 | More by Bung
½ Idjit! from Dugges Ale- & Porterbryggeri AB
79 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.