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Rapadou Porter - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Rapadou PorterRapadou Porter

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very good

162 Ratings

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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 12
Gots: 21 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: theformula on 12-17-2007

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Ratings: 162 | Reviews: 47
Reviews by nmann08:
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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of MitchShepherd
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of asabreed
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of ErininNC
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of qcbrewer
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of avisong
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of tclipse
4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kegatron
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mbmiche
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of hophugger
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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!!!

Photo of Riverwarrior
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of spitshaded
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of BeerSox
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of Kayaker
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of jfmorey
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of blackie
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of angrybabboon
3.26/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Consumed 9/13/13

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.

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Rapadou Porter from AleWerks Brewing Company
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