Alice Porter - BrewDog

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 122
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 7.27%
Wants: 9
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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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Photo of wordemupg
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
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 (793 characters)

Photo of maxk
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (1,147 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (472 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (562 characters)

Photo of DocDownUnder
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (472 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (1,268 characters)

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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? (629 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (882 characters)

Photo of Paincane
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown almost black with a tan one-finger head that leaves a ring of lace when oured into pint glass.
S: Molasses, yeast, esters, chocolate.
T: Sweet roasty malt, burnt sugar, dark red fruits and cocoa.
M: Chewy, medium bodied with light carbonation. Nice bitter finish leaves the beer fairly balanced.
O: Extremely drinkable porter that I would be glad to enjoy again. (376 characters)

Photo of MrKennedy
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (750 characters)

Photo of danieelol
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is good with good very resilient head and good lacing

Smell is Belgian up front (with some banana, wheaty esters) with some roast following. Definite red fruits referred to on the label, and some juniper. Fairly sweet malt is prominent.

Taste is roast, bitterness, and more of a Belgian note. The bitterness is a touch cloying.

Mouthfeel is pretty light which is what is desired in a porter.

Overall an enjoyable beer but pricey. (444 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black colour with a creamy, smooth, tan head. Good head retention.

Roasty and slightly sharp with an earthy note. Good.

Roasty with some sweetness and a nice fruity ester profile. Light caramel. Good.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Decent.

This is a nice, strong porter. Good roasty flavour and the ester profile works for me. I like it. (369 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Modest but lasting head, initially leaves ring lace, as it settles, there are streaks thin lace. Light shines through on the edges. The color is deep ruby brown.

Dark chocolate and light coffee dominates the nose. It smells chewy.

Elements of vanilla and fresh cream to the mocha flavors. I detect some brandy/cognac notes. There's enough hop to provide pepper to the swallow and aftertaste. Full bodied but with enough carbonation to prevent it from seeming syrupy. (470 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with a thin tan coloured head that leaves a patchy soapy lacing after 20 seconds.

Sweet smelling beer with hints of burnt sugar & dark summer fruits blended together along with background coffee notes. Hints of chocolate & some roasted malts too.

Summer fruits and coffee hitting the taste buds upfront with faint hints of caramel in there too. The finish is a nice bitter one, although not overly. Alcohol is well hidden.

Medium bodied and well carbonated with a nice tang to it. The beer is smooth for the most part although not overly.

Not the best Brewdog overing but a well balanced, flavourful beer that I would drink again. A bit overpriced in Brewdog Edinburgh at £4.50 a bottle.

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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (284 characters)

Photo of peensteen
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nearly jet black, slight ruby notes, one finger of tan head, some lacing left behind. Smell is deeply roasted malt, chocolate and coffee, floral notes, berries soaked in alcohol with a moderate sugary sweetness. Taste is roasty with brown sugar, some raisin and dark fruit, bakers chocolate, fairly big hop profile, long fruitty finish, berries in the aftertaste. Light-med carbonation, med-full body, soft and lush mouthfeel, really good feel. Nice and full flavoured, easy drinking and very solid stuff, wish I had a few more of these. (537 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of Macca
3/5  rDev -22.1%
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. (330 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle 6,2% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in a Brewdog Teku glass
BBE 14/03/2012

My first Baltic Porter - can't wait.

Appearance: Appears almost black in the glass; however a back light reveals the body to be a crystal clear dark red. The tan head is of decent size, however it doesn't last as long as I'd like and leaves very sparse lace.

Smell: Sniff... Sniff... wtf where is the smell? I was expecting a huge smell from this beer and am horribly disappointed at how hard I have to concentrate to smell anything. After about 10 minutes, the smell opens out a little and I can begin to judge it. I am happy to find the little smell that there is actually pretty good and quite complex. Chocolate, dark roasted malt and dark fruits (plums, blue berry and mulberry) dominate the smell. Hints of smoke, coffee and vanilla are also noted.

Taste: Ugh, I can’t believe this. The flavour is just as weak as the smell. Careful concentration leads to similar notes as the smell, with the addition of caramel and a touch of hops. A pleasant hop bitterness is noted in the finish. No alcohol is noted.

Mouthfeel: The body is actually pretty good, just above medium; however the beer is over carbonated for my taste.

Overall: Alice Porter tastes like a macro companies attempt to brew a good beer. It is far from bad and I would drink it if it was freely available. It is just a massive disappointment from Brewdog as I expect their beers to be bursting with flavour!
I guess this could have been a bad bottle? (1,516 characters)

Photo of ADZA
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an impressive dark cherry hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a two finger tanned laced head that stays and leaves heaps of lacing here and there,the smell is nice but nothing out of the ordinary with hints of dark bittersweet chocolate,sherry,roasty coffee and cherries,the mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and leaning more towards medium with the same dominant smells coming through on taste with tastes of chocolate coated cherries,cocconut,burnt brown sugar,dark plums and finished with a bittersweet hit of dark turkish coffee and overall a very easy drinking sessionable Baltic Porter that doesnt have too many twists and turns but enough to remind you Brewdog brewed this cheers. (701 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A raisiny garnet-brown with creamy lumpy tan head that trails. Brown sugar, soil, cinnamon oil, smoke (cured meat?) and port barrel on a complex nose. Lingonberry and maybe plum, burnt toast and sticky toffee up front followed by kola spice and a touch of ash to end. Brandy finish and tight tingly linger. On the light side of medium, surprising fizz, very soft and creamy and some cling.

Manages to bring the sweetness of Baltic Porter without the sugary pitfalls of that style. The body is the difference between porter and stout. a.k.a. vanilla porter, I've read, but I'm not sure I see that except maybe as elements of other flavors.

Easy drinking (6.2% is invisible) top porter.

Edit: Brewdog blog says this is brewed with Bramling Cross (which could account for some berry notes) and Sorachi Ace - that comes as a real surprise. The only lemon I could see is peel as a component of cola and in the lingering oily tartness. (933 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours very dark, brown almost black. The tall tan creamy head dissipates slowly into little lacings.

S: Dark chocolate and strong black coffee. Sweet malt, almost syrupy. Some citric notes as well as bitter.

T: Coffee, dark chocolate and smoke. Sweet roasted malt. Vanilla.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Aftertaste lingers with nice roasted bitterness.

O: Not the best beer from BrewDog, but a nice Baltic Porter. (432 characters)

Photo of Klym
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Review from notes.

A: Dark, dark for a porter. A thin but deep black with little light penetration. A very small head that dies out almost immediately with no head to create any lacing.

S: Smells like roasted nuts, a little smoke, some chocolate and a little savory sweetness. Not extremely aromatic.

T: I was hoping for another explosive taste experience from Brew Dog as they've so impressed me before, but this was kind of a let down. A very basic porter taste, with a terriyaki beef jerky concentrated taste with hints of additional smokiness, chocolate, and a little dark fruit. All of the flavors are familiar and none of them are particularly strong but they still manage to not be well blended. Certainly not the characteristic outrageousness I've come to expect from brew dog, and certainly not the masterful tasty well-roundedness that is typical of great porters.

M: Well carbonated but a little bit watery in the mouthfeel. Would've liked a more full-bodied mouthfeel to this, but I guess the 'wateriness' of the mouthfeel matched the wateriness of the taste.

O: A let down for me from a much beloved brewery. Maybe there was something wrong with my bottle but otherwise I'd say that this is not a noteworthy porter and can be passed up on. (1,286 characters)

Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to get my hands on a bottle from a generous trader(crosamich), and wow what an amazing porter. This reminds me of how porters were back when the porter style first originated. It has a sweet bouquet of smoky malts with sweet raisin notes. The taste is very, very, similar with smoky malts, sweet raisin(which is not overpowering, but accentuates), and on the background it has really nice cinnamon and caramel notes. One thing that got me was the lack of a "head", but it does have a perfect carbonation level to it. Overall, this beer is amazing. Probably by far one the best Brewdog beers I have had the chance to try, to date. It is on par with Abstrakt 04, which is one of my favorite Brewdog beers. I really wish they would sell this in the states because this would out sell Hardcore and Punk IPA. My hats off to Brewdog for another great beer! (869 characters)

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Alice Porter from BrewDog
86 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.