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Alice Porter - BrewDog

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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.03%

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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: mdagnew on 02-04-2011)
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Photo of MarkoNm


3.14/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black color and a very weak tan head that immediately settles down to a small lacing. The aroma is slightly roasted along with some fruity smell, later I could also smell some caramel. The taste is bitter with some coffee in the back - there's really not much there, too bad. It's drinkable, although feels slightly stale, but not exactly what I expect from BrewDog.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 15:29:52 | More by MarkoNm
Photo of Maakun


4/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, with a caramel colored head that disappears quckly but really leaves some lacing behin. Lots of tiny bubbles. Beautiful.

Smell: hops, brown sugar, chocolate, coffee, grapefruit peel.

Taste: bitter at first, with a big undercurrent of slighty burned cookies. Some blackberries, a touch of grass, then some heavier notes, coffee and liquorice. Big citrus (grapefruit). Aftertase is bitter and has that lovely burned note. .

Mouth: medium, nice carbonation. Very very dry, really stays in the front of the mouth.

Overall: hmm, very fresh and hoppy, with is unexpected but actually works well. But you'd have to like hoppy/fruity beers. Very interesting and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 19:50:08 | More by Maakun
Photo of CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

2.91/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Fullers snifter glass. Cheers Zimbo!

Pours a very dark brown/black colour, with a decent tan head and plenty of lacing.

Smells faintly of whiskey/strong spirits - sour and alcoholic, with plenty of rich dark fruits. Some burnt malts too.

Tastes firstly very strong for the abv, with seemingly no attempt to hide the alcohol. Very strong rich fruity aspect as well, like a fortified wine. Bitter burnt malts. Quite a thin mouthfeel too.

Overall not very impressive unfortunately. Interesting take on a porter though, more like a Scottish style dark barleywine, with a stronger taste of alcohol than you would expect from this abv.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 15:04:23 | More by CwrwAmByth
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coming in a slim 330ml brown bottle, BB 23/05/2013, served cool in Gulden Draak’s branded short-stemmed, tulip-shaped sniffer.

A: pours a pitch black hue, coming with a frothy light-tan head with decent retention, while the carbonation level is hard to detect, definitely not too lively.
S: the nose is deeply aromatically fruity&hoppy on top of a more settled malty body, interestingly reminiscent of French red Pineau des Charentes (an oak-aged fortified wine blended with Cognac eau-de-vie), sweet&perfumy overripe dark plum flesh, fig preserve, cocoa&vanilla beans (at times it even rings a bell of American toasted white oak chips), sweet brown toast, liquidy black sugar, with lots of hop aroma to boot… A very light tinge of sour dark fruits stays behind, but only just. On balance the nose is really perfumy, full of American or non-traditional hops hence the dominance of potent hop aroma.
T: smooth on the palate and surprisingly light-bodied, the foretaste is full of mainly ripe dark stone-fruits and lesser brown-bready malts, going smoothly and never feeling quite explosive or heavy, paving the way for a lovely toast-malty aftertaste to linger, where hints of dark chocolate, sweetened burned espresso, burned walnuts and burned sugar all lend their due share of depth/impact to the balance, with chewy hop bitterness and aromatic black malts lagging behind (50-50). The overripe-plum-like fruitiness provides a very pleasant touch of aroma as well as sourness on the balance, too.
M&O: the mouthfeel is… smooth, a bit too smooth that it doesn’t actually taste quite fresh anymore (anyhow the expiry date is just two months away, so…), but the body remains medium and the flavour profile never actually feels heavy, so all in all a balance is luckily retained. This is a very hoppy and fruity porter (particularly on the nose), and I wouldn’t categorise it as a “Baltic Porter” since this is very much a top-fermented dark ale rather than the Baltic countries’ local adoption and adaptation of good old porter. That said, I would definitely love to try it again, if I could come across a fresher batch, that is!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 22:29:10 | More by wl0307
Photo of thierrynantes


3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from "Bières d'Ailleurs" and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : dark color, with tan foamy head (nice lacing)
Smell : roasted malt and chocolate aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : malty and chocolate flavors, leading to a dry and long bitter finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Baltic Porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 17:16:11 | More by thierrynantes
Photo of FLima


3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep black color with 2 fingers of a persistent head with a beige color.
Predominant aroma of toasted malts.
Flavor reveals more complexity, sweet toasted and smoked malts with hints of caramel and a hoppy resin and fruity taste. Also presence of coffee and plums. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium to full body, a bit oily with light carbonation and small bubbles.
A hoppy boost porter (though not exaggerated), relatively sweet but not overwhelming and packed with flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 16:53:28 | More by FLima
Photo of Arborescence


4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dense two finger head. Virtually black.

Aroma: Roasted malt, toast, chocolate. Very robust!

Taste: Thick and sweet; caramel, chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, soupy.

Overall: Maybe too sweet for my taste, but it is a good imitation of the classic baltic porter, with some added robustness.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 16:34:45 | More by Arborescence
Photo of womencantsail


3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a tan head. Most of the aroma is roasted malt and dark chocolate, though there is a bit of coffee and earthy hop character. A touch of cardboard and a hint of fruit. The flavor is somewhat bland, but there is a decent amount of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee. As with the aroma, some earthy hop notes, though no real bitterness. Nothing offensive, but nothing that makes me really care to drink it.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 18:51:16 | More by womencantsail
Photo of eriktoyra


3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark Coca-Cola colered liquid which is almost impenetrable by the light. The thick and uneven sized head is mocha latte colored and leaves a lot of lacings on the glass. All in all a very tempting appearance.

S: Smells of roasted malts, raisins and some hints of coffee. It is also a bit sour and smoky. I can find molasses also. Some alchohol at the end.

T: Tastes roasted malts and chocolate. There is a sourness that is almost like a very faint touch of fruit vinegar. Red fruits, smoked wood and salted ham. The sourness is the dominant taste at the end and it stays quite long.

M: Medium bodied with medium to strong carbonation. It is a bit unbalanced with a "alcohol punch" at the end that I'm not really fond of.

O: It becomes more sour and sour with each sip. At first I liked it but after a few sips I find the sourness to be to dominant. Apart from that thing I think it is a rather good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 18:59:07 | More by eriktoyra
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - nearly impenetrable but clear deep brown, thumb of mocha head retained reasonably well
S - strong smoky and molasses aromas, dark fruits, touch or earthiness
T - sour dark fruit and burnt sugar, smoky malt with a light sour milkiness, finishes with subtle leafy hops
M - medium body with average carbonation, a stickiness through the finish with some chaulkiness
O - this brew is a little 'puzzling' as the label suggests, it is bold in flavour but not the most balanced, still worth a try once

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 01:37:33 | More by joemcgrath27
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United Kingdom (England)

4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of June 2012. Not quite sure how they came up with the name for this one (a hint of Alice in Wonderland)?

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A deep reddish-brown hue that appears black unless held to the light. Produces a massive head of creamy tan foam with good retention; this slowly subsides to a surface layer. Looks superb. A rich aroma of roasted malt with notes of coffee, molasses, burnt grain, dried fruit, stewed hops and yeast. A subtle sweetness with a hint of alcohol in the background. Delicious.

Tastes of roasted malt with a rich, bitter character. Notes of coffee, burnt grain, molasses, dried fruit, liquorice and stewed hops. A hint of nuttiness and yeast, along with considerable bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with good body. Quite astringent. Aftertaste of bitter roasted malt, coffee and hops.

Very nice, tons of aroma/flavour to feast on. Smooth yet complex. I'm impressed by the character and body relative to the ABV - this stands up to much stronger beers. Lovely - well worth sampling.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 00:18:22 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of brystmar


3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Final bottle in my Power Through Random Extras night. So far they've been consistently disappointing, and I expect the same from BrewDog. Let's see...

Below average-looking pour: brown, minimal head, looks blah. Nose is great though; really matches the style well.

Toasty malt and dry yeast lead the way. Slightly oxidized, still tastes much better than I expected from a BrewDog beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 05:28:48 | More by brystmar


2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on jul´11. Pours bright mahogany in color. Head is beige, large size bubbled, with fairly good retention. Roasted malt aromas, coffee hints. Flavors are as expected from aromas with estery notes. Dry bitterness follows them. Medium body, quite watery in the middle. Burnt coffee overwhelms all flavors while lingers to the finish. Aftertaste & overall impression results flat & bland. Not really refreshing. Bitterness is not gentle neither well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 17:53:43 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of somestranger


4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Testing this beer well chilled, poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pouring the beer into glass creates a thick foamy head. The color is black, with a slight redish copper tone to it if you look closely against a light. The foamy head shrinks normally fast but giving the glass a twirl creates a new foamy head immediately.

S: A deep robust smell of roasted malt at first, then comes the chocolate tones, and at last you can also feel a little sour wine-tone coming forward.

T: Contrary the strong smell of roasted malt i would have expected a loaded malt-bomb to go off, but no, the taste is very well balanced with great tones of roasted malt, chocolate. Then comes the hops giving you a little bitter and dry finish that is very pleasant. Almost perfect!

M: The carbonation is put to work here giving you a nice sizzling experience which i like a lot to start with. Then comes the malt together with the hops giving you that dry bitter feeling that stays for a while.

O: A very well balanced porter that got lots of carbonation to start with. Loaded with roasted malts that together with the hops creates a great taste and mouthfeel. What i really like about this porter is that it's not that thick and pretty fresh and easy to drink a couple of!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 14:32:39 | More by somestranger
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Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Sammy, 12oz into a tulip. Best before 15.03.12 on the neck, March 15, 2012?

Dark brown with some violet/burgundy coming through at the edges. Mocha head of a finger or so, with a touch of sticky lace and ok retention. Nice milk chocolate notes on the nose, a touch of bitterness with some roast. Some dried juicy dark fruits mix in with this as well. Gentle sweetness, some breadiness and a bit of caramel. Thin roasty body, some toasty malts, bakers chocolate and a slight hint of lactic sourness. Doesn't get too bitter, some subtle sweetness tries to pull this back into balance. Mouthfeel is a little too thin for my liking, but the carbonation feels about right at a lower-medium level. Drinkable and fairly tasty, but nothing too exciting - standard really.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 03:54:33 | More by liamt07
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United Kingdom (England)

4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall thin 330ml bottle, best before 17 June 2012: poured into my 'Westvleteren' chalice on a cold, wet Sunday in March 2012.

The beer liked the glass, really dark body with a tan coloured head suited the chalice nicely: held up to a strong light source the beer showed a lovely deep ruby red hue.

The aroma is all about lightly burnt malts, as is the taste: roasted/toasted coffee/chocolate thoughts come to mind, unsweetened and more powerful in the mouth than the nose. The flavours are almost smooth and rich without being milky or creamy, just right sounds girly, but it is!

Only my 8th Baltic Porter since reviewing on BA, but this is one of the best so far. I'd also like to add I'm not a big fan of the way BrewDog 'do things' sometimes, but credit where credit is due: this beer is good.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 21:24:42 | More by BlackHaddock
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours pretty darn black with almost a finger of creamy tan head.

Smell. Roasted malts, boozy cherry, a little bit of berries.

Taste. Roasty malts again, some dark chocolate and sweet dried cherries. A little bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel. Below medium body with medium-strong carbnation.

Overall. This was good, but I wouldn't pay a premium price for it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 03:33:37 | More by Rutager
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Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to peensteen for this bottle. BBE 15 03 12
Poured in to Founder's tulip glass.

A - Poured dark brown with a ruby tinge and settled very dark brown, almost black with a small amount of light brown head.

S - Roasted malts, sweet milk chocolate, dark fruit and brown sugar aromas. Very robust nose.

T - Chocolate, roasted malts, burnt sugar and some dark fruit. A decent bitterness is evident and it lingers in the finish. The ABV is very well hidden.

M - Medium body, creamy. Light to medium body.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 21:38:47 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Alberta (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 330 ml brown bottle. Pours out a dense dark brown, mahogany nimbus when held to light, creamy beige head that settles quickly.

Toasty and roasty malt with notes of char on the nose, some wood and smoke. Bready malt in the backgroud, however it all seems quite dry. At times there are fruity spikes of cherry and currants.

Roasty malt up front in the flavour, some char and sourness that follows, some currants in the middle, finishing with a dry wood character and hints of coffee, although the flavour is quite thin by the finish.

Mouthfeel has a medium-bodied weight, yet the texture makes it feel thin, and the carbonation is lower than moderate.

Has some decent elements to it, but to me just doesn't seem to pull them together in a cohesive end product. Apparently there is vanilla in there as well, but I didn't pick up on any.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 00:07:44 | More by IronDjinn
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Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 10/1/12

A dark brown with cola like edges when held to the light, long lasting mocha head leaves plenty of random lace

S nutty chocolate and raisin, some leafy and herbal hops with a little cherry and faint coffee, a little charred wood adds up for a great smelling beer

T a little more dark roasted malt and fruit but other then that its pretty close to the smell but a little toned down

m a little thin but enough bubbles to fluff it up, just a little sticky on the lips and a bit of a char aftertaste

O solid stuff overall, my only complaint is that it could use some more body but its still pretty far from watery

feels like a session beer but I suppose the 6.2% would catch up to you quicker then I'd care for. Fairly priced and well worth trying

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 03:20:09 | More by wordemupg
Photo of maxk


3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a well chilled 330mL bottle into a snifter. The spot where it says "Batch" and "Best Before" is blank...

A: Dark brown with a sudsy, old parchment colored head. As the head settles, it leaves a fair amount of lacing.

S: Coffee, chocolate, burnt sugar, chocolate malt. There's a very subtle bit of hoppy citrus in the background, maybe grapefruit.

T: Sweet. Chocolate, caramelized sugar and roasted malts are the initial flavors. That gives way to more malt and a little bit of hop flavor. The hops ("two cross continental hop varieties" according to the bottle) remind me of what they use in their Hardcore IPA.

M: Decent body, could be a little bigger though. Well carbonated.

I'll admit that I'm not overly familiar with Baltic Porters, so keep that in mind. I do really like this beer. The pronounced sweetness giving way to subtle hops is very nice. With that said, it's not nearly as complex as the description on the bottle makes it out to be. Some BrewDog beers I have to take many sips of before I feel like I have a good sense of the flavor profile, but that's not the case here. Nonetheless, it's a very enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 19:52:54 | More by maxk
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Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a black color porter with a nice brown medium head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light black chocolate and some light notes of roasted malt are pleasant though more tame then I had expected considering the brewer. Taste is a mix between some light roasted malt notes with light dry black chocolate notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This was an OK offering but would have liked a bit more complexity.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 20:24:50 | More by Phyl21ca
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Who the F@#% is Alice?

A: Black with a tan head, no retention but it leaves a little leg.

S: Roasted/charred coffee, licorice, maraschino cherries, sponge toffee and cola.

T: Dr. Pepper without the sweetness. Licorice & caramelized raisins with some underlying coffee & sponge toffee. Good bitterness, alcohol is subtle. It's alright, but the flavours just don't seem to meld together here.

M: Very attenuated, moderate body has some roasted acidity and a very dry finish.

D/O: This is certainly drinkable, but for a Baltic porter it's barely above average.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 04:11:56 | More by Derek
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3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml into a tumbler.

A- Nearly black with amber edges, khaki head.

S- Faint burnt roast, with strong sweet malts

T- Strong dark sweetness, brown sugar and toffee, fading to slight bitterness from roast--almost mo discernible hops. This was my first "baltic' porter, but it almost seemed like a stronger sweet brown ale.

M- Medium body, you would almost think it could be thicker due to the sweetness, but the lighter body makes it very easy to drink.

O- If I had more of the same category to compare it too the rating might be different. But this was like a good sweet brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 06:01:19 | More by DocDownUnder
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3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A finger of tan head fizzes loudly until it recedes to a thin collar with a swirl in the middle of the surface. The body is very dark, almost black with red tinting where it gets thin. Bubbly lace.

S - Barley sugar lollies, toffee and musty vanilla.

T - Burnt sugar, charred malt, chocolate and smoke. Starts out all sweet malt and finishes bitter.

M - Too thin in the body for my liking, moderate carbonation.

O - Nice distinctive porter with plenty of character.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 12:08:31 | More by dansmcd
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Alice Porter from BrewDog
84 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.