Rapadou Porter - AleWerks Brewing Company
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3.31/5 rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
22 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a black color. The head is around a finger high, with a lighter tan shade. Slow to fade, it retains a creamy texture as it recedes. A tiny yet uniform ring of lacing is left on the glass.
S: The focus here is on notes of brown sugar and molasses, as expected. Hints of chocolate and caramel also come through. Some gentle, fruity booze notes almost make it resemble rum at times. Could use more roasted characteristics to help balance out the sweetness, but otherwise is a decent nose.
T: Follows the nose to a T. Ergo, the primary flavor is molasses. I'm also pulling up some chocolate, caramel, and brown sugar. It finishes with a bit of plummy fruit notes - again, there's a slight resemblance to rum. This is a fine example of a beer where its subtle booze notes help give it some nuance. Still, given its sweetness level, I wish it was a lot more complex. It's more or less a sipper, without many of the qualities that would make it a world-class sipper.
M: This beer is on the sweet side of things, but since it's light, it's not the cloying mess it could have been. On the other hand, it doesn't really fill rich or decadent. Just sweet. Carbonation is low, natch.
O: Credit is due, this shows off Haitian Rapadou extremely well. I just wish it also showed off some balancing roast, coffee, or dark chocolate, too. Still, a solid dessert porter.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2014 22:24:00 | More by ThisWangsChung
4.11/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The beer pours a bubbly brownish tan that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a dark brown that is opaque. The brown is a very chocolatey brown. The smell has very strong rapadou notes that both dominate and mix well with the other notes. The other notes consist of chocolate notes and sweet cocoa. The rapadou is an interesting smell. Basically, the rapadou resembles a much sugary milk chocolate smell. The taste are similar but the rapadou sugar is a little less strong and the cocoa and roasted malts come out more. The mouthfeel has biting carbonation and is heavy bodied. However, the beer feels pretty smooth and slick as it goes down and has a lingering sugary aftertaste that lasts for a while. Overall, this is a pretty unique and interesting porter that falls on the more chocolatey and sugary side than anything else I've had before.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2014 00:22:42 | More by HattedClassic
Rapadou Porter from AleWerks Brewing Company
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