Rapadou Porter - AleWerks Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev +1.8%
From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue V:
This limited edition Imperial Porter is brewed with an unrefined cane sugar from Haiti called rapadou. Bottle #929 of 2007.
Take care in decanting as the slurry on the bottom is loose and will fall into the glass, leave about an inch or more of the beer in the bottle and you'll be fine. Pitch black color, there is no light coming through at all. Tight tan lacing holds together quite well. A complex aroma of raw dark sugar is similar to the light molasses, anise or licorice root and brown bread. Lush creamy full body flows well with a smooth carbonation. Real wood charcoal, dark chocolate and even dark roasted coffee beans come to mind as the malt drops a roasted bomb on the palate. Molasses flavor settles in the middle with a faint earthy tone, then the fruitiness bursts with dried plum, burnt raisin and black currant. Alcohol is warming but a bit hidden for a 9 percent ABV beer. Mild hopping shows more bitterness than flavor and helps to balance the sweetness within. Bittersweet finish.
Big and bold but not so complex to make it unapproachable. Heavy-handed malt bomb with a roasted character that still comes off as being quite drinkable. Cheers to Williamsburg Aleworks for this beauty.
09-10-2010 13:36:33 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.63/5 rDev -7.6%
2007 Vintage Bomber split with friends into some tasting glasses.
Appearance: Imperial Stout black in color, with a decent mocha-colored head. Expected and nice.
Smell: Chocolate-covered cherries, cocoa powder, and bitter coffee round out the triumvirate. A good combination.
Taste: A lot less dense than the aromas seem, and the subtleties are masked a bit because the flavors just don't come out as well as I thought they would. But they're there, even though they're lighter than I'd hoped. The dark berries and chocolate covered cherries, mild coffee, cocoa powder and brown sugar.
Mouthfeel: A bit viscous and lighter than I originally thought it would be, and could use a bit more carbonation with a future batch.
Drinkability: A solid effort, but with another batch in the future, this could be amazing stuff. Worth trying if you're a fan of the style.
04-29-2009 20:01:54 | More by asabreed
3.7/5 rDev -5.9%
Bottle thanks to Radek. Black with brown head, lacey and soapy head. Aroma with significant chocolate. Taste is sweetish, with toasted barley, big but well integrated chocolate, smoke, a little sourness. Overall good porter with above average mouthfeel.
09-03-2009 03:00:22 | More by Sammy
3.5/5 rDev -10.9%
Not being a huge Porter fan, I will have to say that this one is well done. The balance of caramel, malt and roasted sugar are great and has a touch of fruitiness. A touch too sweet but well balanced and a real kick in the ass at 9.00 abv. Another very nice beer by alewerks!!!
08-28-2014 20:30:23 | More by hophugger
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
This was bottle 180 out of 2007 in the "Brewmaster's Reserve Series".
S = Chocolate and roasted coffee beans
T = Dark chocolate upfront with some caramel sweetness in the middle. Near the end, some bitterness swoops in to round out the sweetness.
The finish is a mixture of burnt sugar and slight bitterness. The alcohol was completely hidden.
MF = Full body, thick, creamy, and rich. Moderate carbonation. If I didn't know better, I would have thought this was a Russian Imperial Stout.
Overall, I truly enjoyed the complexity of this particular beer. This is definitely not your average American Porter. I will be buying several more of these.
04-13-2008 12:25:15 | More by Riverwarrior
4.5/5 rDev +14.5%
22oz bomber into nonic. 2007 Vintage, bottle 880 of 2007.
Dark brown, almost 100% opaque except for a whiskar of ruby toward the bottom of the glass when held up to light. The light brown head is dense and slowly settles to a thick, marble smooth cap. The lacing sticks to the glass making a solid wall.
The Rapdaous is evident in the aroma as it is very sweet. The roasty malts come through among hints of coffee and chocolate. A touch of creaminess is in there as well.
The malts are roasted and slightly bitter, but are offset by the plentiful dextrins. Some of the coffee is in there as well. The label boasts a toffee flavor, which seems to be present (flavors are always in the mouth of the beholder, anyways). Full bodied and very thick from the Hatian sugar used. The website lists the beer at 9%ABV, which is well hidden. The malts linger for a while in the mouth. The sugar doesn't go away either. There is a unique smokiness in this one, perhaps something from the sugar.
This is a heavy beer that could be considered a meal in itself. Claimed to be an Imperial Porter, maybe not quite a Baltic Porter (as those tend to have lager yeast). Beers with a unique ingredient (in this case Rapadou, a Hatian sugar) are great to enjoy as they showcase a quality that generally isn't found in other beers. This one presents itself well, being complex, full bodied, and packed full of flavor. Recommended.
05-04-2008 23:11:24 | More by BeerSox
4.15/5 rDev +5.6%
Bottle 1954 of 2007 poured into a pint glass.
Nice dark color, almost no head which quickly disappeared.
Taste is good, somewhat sweeter than I like in a porter but lots of roasted malts, coffee flavor.
Full bodied, good mouthfeel.
Very drinkable for an Imperial (9% ABV on the brewery website); little alcohol taste. No problem finishing the 22 oz. bottle on this 2009 New Years day after dinner (did not reach the freezing mark outside all day) but that was enough.
01-02-2009 03:27:11 | More by jfmorey
4.05/5 rDev +3.1%
Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A simple pour brings a foamy and creamy light tan head, and even bubbles. Settles to a simple collar with no lacing on top of a black walnut body, opaque, with maybe just a faint hint of red.
Good simple toasty grains, with a nice mellow coffee like roast. Light. Almost a sweet sense of cream. No so much sugar, but a nice milky light sweetness. Pretty solid.
A nice super creamy mouthfeel, which is expansive and rich. Light hints of dark chocolate, coffee roasting warmth and soft creamy milk. Molasses bent on the finish with a chewy texture and flavor. Really nice texture, and a very down played controlled sweetness that I really enjoy (sugar bomb this is not).
Overall a fun tasty porter, kind of gets a bit large almost feeling Russian Imperial territory, but a worthy addition to Williamsberg's lineup.
07-02-2013 00:30:25 | More by smakawhat
4.22/5 rDev +7.4%
bottle 1246 of 2007, apparently this is already a couple years old
a: opaque dark brown in color, the thin cap of carbonation soon recedes to only a few threads on the surface, and eventually nothing
s: deep, rich streams of bitter chocolate, licorice, and molasses form a powerful aroma, love the raw sugary depth lent by the caramelized rapadou - rum-like after warming, caramels coated with cocoa liquor reduction, brownie batter, wave after wave of roasted and caramelized complexity - smells thick and chewy before I even set lip to it, and fresh nuances are discovered with each whiff, smoky underbody, leathery dried fruits - black figs especially, a little boozy, lovely and pretty close to perfect
m: carbonation on the low side, with a full body
t: molten bittersweet chocolate drizzled over rich caramel, licorice, dark roasted barley brings woody smoke and flavors of coffee bean, near-burnt raw sugars, all flavors carry well into the finish with an astringent, husky roast shuffling in, hops herbal - and seem to take a backseat
d: a slow sipper it is, challenging and a bit boozy, and drinkability does unfortunately take a hit
bomber from Grape & Gourmet, Virginia Beach, VA
05-14-2009 06:07:55 | More by blackie
3.23/5 rDev -17.8%
Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this
Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown - small, light tan head, fades to a few wisps of a cap - leaves some nice spots of lacing
Smell: Roasty, cooked malts and a ton of chocolate - unexpected complexity to the malts, with some roasty aromas, coffee, caramel, sugar, molasses, dark chocolate, milk chocolate - very sweet, with some sugar and a lot of dark fruit
Taste: Sugar, dark fruit, chocolate, and more sugar - loads of dark fruit, like figs - milk chocolate and dark chocolate - caramel, molasses, and brown sugar - roasty malts and coffee - toasty caramel malts - very sweet, which combines with the toast flavor, like... sugary toast
Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, nicely carbonated, finishes sugary
Overall: "Rapadou," a leading cause of "The Beetus"
The sugary notes here are definitely interesting, but the brown sugar, caramel, and molassess notes are a bit much. This is good to split, but I think I would get tired of an entire bottle.
09-14-2013 04:05:28 | More by angrybabboon
3.88/5 rDev -1.3%
22 oz bomber courtesy of bboyshatter, thanks a lot for this one! Numbered 982/2007. Pours a black color with no highlighting. Fluffy brown foam leaves a nice collar, not much lacing.
Nose is dark raisins, figs and various other dark fruits...very fruity aroma with a nutty, dark roast aspect. Alcohol is notable, but not fusel and is secondary to the fruit and toasted roastiness.
Taste is like the burnt sides of an over-baked chocolate cake with a couple hard-core roasted coffee beans thrown in. Smoke, cigar tobacco finishing flavor. Fruit is surprisingly absent on the flavor. Opens up nicely as it warms, smoked dark chocolate Milky Way candy bars come to mind. Body is nice and creamy and carbonation is never a hindrance. This was a very fun beer to try, thanks again Sean.
06-24-2010 00:51:01 | More by twiggamortis420
4.11/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
07-24-2014 00:22:42 | More by HattedClassic
Rapadou Porter from AleWerks Brewing Company
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