½ Idjit! - Dugges Ale- & Porterbryggeri AB
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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
3.73/5 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%
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.
11-08-2011 04:47:55 | More by farrago
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
3.55/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
10-03-2011 22:59:08 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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
3.2/5 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
3.68/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
08-29-2011 00:58:43 | More by CHADMC3
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.
08-27-2011 12:02:05 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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
3.63/5 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
2.88/5 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
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.
05-04-2011 14:06:56 | More by Pundarquartis
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...
05-03-2011 01:04:02 | More by SolomonGrundy
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
3.68/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
04-26-2011 23:46:55 | More by InebriatedJoker
3.63/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
04-07-2011 04:21:43 | More by foogerd
3.9/5 rDev +14.4%
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.
03-29-2011 20:49:47 | More by 100floods
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
3.93/5 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
3.6/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
10-10-2010 12:55:41 | More by rarbring
District of Columbia
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.
08-12-2010 03:10:29 | More by craytonic
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
½ Idjit! from Dugges Ale- & Porterbryggeri AB
79 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.