Alice Porter - BrewDog

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BA SCORE
85
very good

117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 8
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mdagnew on 02-04-2011

Weighing in at 5.2% ABV, Alice Porter hides a huge complexity behind her modest strength. Roasty and smooth with fruity, rich coffee character. Alice Porter takes a sudden twist in an unexpected direction; a blend of hops that add a light, balancing citrusy twist and a subtle spiciness. Alice Porter is the first of our 2105 seasonal brews.
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Ratings: 117 | Reviews: 59
Reviews by CrazyDavros:
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with a large, fading tan head.
Nose shows roasted coffee, vanilla and dark sugar.
Similarly roasty flavours, but with quite a lot of underlying sweetness. The roasted malt seems be a bit full-on (not to mention plain), especially when you add in the fair whack of resinous hops and bitterness in the finish.
Carbonation is a little too full-on.

More User Reviews:
Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.15/5  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.

Photo of chinchill
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Dundee BrewDog pub.
Opaque with mahogany highlights and a very good head.
Aroma: complex mix of chocolate, dark fruits, toffee, and baked bread, among other things.
The flavor is just as good and complex. It's also well balanced so that the numerous flavors intermix with fine dynamics. All 5.2% ABV is evident in the finish when a hint of brandy appears.
Medium body with medium carbonation.

O: Excellent! Maybe my favorite BrewDog so far.

Photo of biboergosum
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. Ok, I'll play your tawdry parlour games: Who the fuck is Alice? And what of Bob?

This beer pours a clear, very dark cola hue, with one chubby finger of puffy, thinly foamy, and bubbly beige head, which leaves some streaky layered lace around the glass as it fairly quickly abates.

It smells of dark fruity malt, dry raisins, mild semi-sweet chocolate, a touch of Nordic licorice, a soft sour tang, and leafy, earthy hops. The taste is sweet, lightly roasted malt, a bit of bready caramel, an uptick in the creamy chocolate character, overripe plums, some very soft lactic sourness, and kind of zingy floral, leafy hops.

The carbonation is average, y'know, generally frothy, with a bit of an initial kick, the body a solid medium weight, and decently smooth, with just a soupçon of creaminess. It finishes still bittersweet, tangy, and malty, the chocolate and sedated hops fighting for runner-up prizes.

Wow, a very enjoyable Baltic porter, with a wee bit of modernist tweaking. Big on flavour, admittedly tilted towards the sweet, but somehow 'balanced' all around - or perhaps that's just apologist-speak for when the beer just tastes really good. And the extra booze? Whereabouts unknown - I dunno, go ask Alice, even if she seems ten feet all.

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Private order. Pours black, and eventually yields only a fraction of its off-white head, with lots of lace dots. Neutral aroma. Very good porter, excellent smooth drinkability, with a balanced inclusion of a little edge. A tad of burnt aftertaste. Above average mouthfeel.Recommended.

Photo of augustgarage
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of northyorksammy I believe (thanks!). Poured from a 12oz bottle into my small nonic.

Café noir colored body, possibly clear though too dark to discern capped by a lasting dense creamy head of delicate wheat colored foam. Excellent retention, thick cascading lacing.

Rich dark rye bread maltiness with a touch of raisin as well in the nose. Otherwise restrained.

Tremendous malt bomb of a palate entry with every variety of Baltic-state bread crust in full supply along with multiple tiers of toasty grain notes. Root beer, coffee, dark fruit, and vague cocoa powder emerge over time as well along with a gentle earthy bitterness for balance. Finishes malty yet relatively dry.

Rich vaguely tannic mouthfeel with even creamy carbonation. Big flavor and body for the comparatively low ABV.

A very good example of the style with a distinct English influence as well.

Photo of beerinabottle
4.39/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A little bitter at first but overall toasted coffee was predominant. Enjoyable.

Photo of MrKennedy
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a Mikkeller tulip style glass. Purchased from Slowbeer.

Has one-finger of light-tan coloured foam that recedes fairly quickly. Has a pretty pure black appearance with just a touch of ruby around the edges.

Has a solid chocolate aroma, more dairy milk than dark or belgian. A little bit of raspberry there as well.

Flavour is chocolate, but not as pronounced as the aroma. Has a little bit of cocoa there that helps to balance it out a shade, rather than being pure chocolate.

Mouthfeel is chewy, a little thin at the front, but very smooth throughout. A little mixed on this front.

Overall a good beer, not overly true to style as a Baltic Porter, but a good porter nonetheless. Hard to score on the reviews as a result.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.57/5  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

Photo of Cannybrew
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml poured into tulip glass. Looks super. Thick mocha coloured head 2" thick lasting well. Black with hint of red. Smells of raspberry, orange, spice and nutmeg. Tastes of sweet caramel, sugary coffee and toast. Mouthfeel a little empty pretty quickly leaving very little behind only a slight bitterness. Overall it's a gud'n.

Photo of Rutager
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of Maakun
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Photo of Arborescence
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of liamt07
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of bolerosanchez
4.97/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well I brewed it and named it after my wife so yes I'm biased but what the hell...

Deep and dark with a reddish hue and decent viscous tannish head. Beguilingly fruity nose with darker tannic notes too.

The combination of Bramling X and Sorachi Ace brings a lovely counterbalance between forest type fruit and citrus. Some fresher hop notes become apparent on the palette along with some deeper full bodied dark malt.

The Sorachi lifts the whole thing as you go on and was included to give the porter an extra twang. There is a good long finish with complex notes of vanilla, more fruit and echoes of the rauch malt used (this becomes more apparent with age).

Best beer ever btw ;)

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Only a 330 ml bottle? oh okay.

Pours a lovely dark enticing drink with a ruby red hue and a nose full of kneaded bread dough and freshly ground coffee.

The head is a slight creme coffee coloured spread that seems to linger.

The powerful taste hits before the liquor pours into the mouth.

A hint of rootbeer mingles with with expresso strong coffee and dark chocolate bitterness that only comes with the purest of cocoa percentage bars.

A slightly creamy aftertaste compensates the flimsy mouthfeel, not thick enough for the full on flavour.

Most welcome, will be lovely as a winter warmer but at the cost of a pint bottle?

Photo of rarbring
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is black, with ruby tones, the head is tan colored, leaves some lacing, and has good curtains.

The smell is roasted grains, coffee, sweet dried fruits with a vanilla backbone.

The taste starts sweet, dark bread, vanilla toffee, brown sugar, dried fruits, raisins, dates, figs, and lemon zest.

Medium low carbonation, a good body on this lassie, a nice end as well, dry and lasting.

A well balanced porter, has a good bitterness.

Photo of Macca
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours mahogany brown/black with beige head which does stick.

On the nose I get coffee, cola and dark fruits. Ok but not great.

Again getting the coffee and cola on the palate. A bit of dark chocolate as well.

Carbonation too high for me.

Average score right across the board from me for a very average beer. Disappointed.

Photo of mdagnew
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast

Poured pretty black even when held up to the light. Deep dirty brown head poured extremely tight, thick and foamy then faded slowly to one finger coating.... some good rings of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Toasted and roasted malts mixed with a good dose of dark chocolate, dried coffee beans, faint smoky notes, burnt butter, black treacle and dark brown sugar, alcohol notes coming through, sooty, leathery and earthy, plum and raisin fruitiness, faint pepperiness...

Taste - Dark chocolate and lots of rich dark fruits - mainly plum, dark cherry and dates, molasses sweetness coming through, espresso coffee, smoke traces, liquorice, lots of toasted / burnt bread notes, some milkiness, nice warming alcohol, light oaky notes

Feel - Sharp initially then smooths out... fairly full bodied.. pretty drinkable for 6.2%

Overall - A pretty good example of a Baltic Porter and a good solid brew from Brewdog..

Photo of DocDownUnder
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Alice Porter from BrewDog
85 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.