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Rapadou Porter | AleWerks Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company
Virginia, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by theformula on 12-17-2007

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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 186
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%

Real nice. Lots of chocolate and coffee; and the coffee notes are real rich and almost dry - Raul feels like he is in the jungle picking the beans himself. This thang is roasty like you are on a camping trip trying to earn your Eagle badge. What's great is that it isn't thin and over-carbonated (I'm looking at you, Sump.)

Good beer.

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Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark cola color with a creamy deep beige head atop.Aromas of chocolate and brown sugar,not overly sweet but appetizing.A great feel it's full and creamy wich makes it too easy to drink for the size of the beer.Chocolate and brown sugar flavors but it never gets too sweet to drink,a rich full flavored "big" porter.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of MitchShepherd
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of asabreed
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4.28/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of tclipse
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kegatron
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.8/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Highbury09
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hophugger
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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!!!

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Photo of Riverwarrior
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of bwood06
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A - Head is 2 fingers high after a moderately hard pour and is creamy with some larger bubbles on top. Head is tan in color and dissipates very slowly. Beer is opaque and ultra dark brown, borderline black. Moderate amount of carbonation clinging to sides of glass. 4.25/5

S - Deep dark maltiness with caramel up front. I also get notes of dark chocolate, espresso, and molasses. No real hop profile to this beer on the nose. Aroma is very sweet backed up by ultra dark toasted bread. 4/5

T - Dark toasted bread is the first note I get followed by a sugary molasses (sweeter than just straight molasses). Sweetness is more reminiscent of toffee than caramel and works alongside a note of vanilla. Espresso and dark chocolate form the middle of the tasting and then a grassy hop character comes in at the very end to finish things off. Hops only show up briefly but bitterness does linger in the mouth. There is a slight milkiness throughout that seems to allow the sugar and chocolate to stand out and results in a bit of a sugar cookie note. 4.25/5

M - Full bodied, thick, and creamy with a light drying on the back end that lingers in the mouth. Light carbonation tickle mainly on the front end of the tasting. 4.25/5

O - Excellently executed porter with a variety of flavors that keep the taste buds interested throughout the tasting. Sweetness is balanced nicely with a bit of bitterness from the espresso and grassy hops. The abv is really not noticeable despite the 9% price tag. 4.25/5

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Speiglau glass.

Before I go into the look, the aroma is present right away like strong vanilla alcohol but I will go into that more later.

Look is pitch black with slight red highlights at the edges of the glass. Head is really thin.

Aroma is so strong I had to look up what rapadou was, apparently it is packed molasses. That so speaks to the smell. It is like intense brown sugar with vanilla and alcohol. Intense but good.

Taste is straight vanilla molasses. So super sweet like someone put a brown sugar packet in it. At the end we have a slight roasty dryness. Very enjoyable.

Taste is thin but I expect that from a porter. I think the fact that it is to style allows the rapadou to shine through.

Excellent beer.

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Photo of VeganUndead
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerSox
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Rapadou Porter from AleWerks Brewing Company
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