Alice Porter - BrewDog

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85
very good

120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 8
Gots: 16 | 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: 120 | Reviews: 59
Photo of AgentMunky
4.34/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at the BrewDog bar in Edinburgh. From notes. Reviewed 28 May 2011.

A: Very little head -- the beer is full to the brim. Very dark, opaque, and the blackest brown.

S: Cacao. Roasted malt. Vanilla. Coffee. Strong, in-your-face, and great.

T: Mmmm. Bitterer than from the bottle. Lots of coffee beans. Still, good vanilla -- if a tad artificial? Maybe my imagination. A long, roasted finish. This is a good beer, man.

M: Tingly from drying roast and mayhap a touch of carbonation. Not creamy, but gooood.

O: I prefer the bottle version, but I still love this beer. Go get some! *I*'m ordering more...

Photo of Trizzle
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeous looking beer. Opaque black with dense off white head that goes the distance and leaves plenty of lace.

Sweetish cola malts, coffee grounds, and some charcoal on a background of warm alcohol.

Taste is fairly sweet and smoky. Standard porter goodness. Hints of peat and carob, not a lot by way of bitterness in either roasted malt or hops and falls down a touch here for me. Lingers fairly sweet and smoky. Sweet and smoky the whole way really. I'm really trying to taste for more in here but there isn't a lot.m. Quite drinkable though. A good sessionable drop.

Feel is a touch thin for the style, minimal carb but quite smooth. Even with the sweetness it is not cloying and the roasted malts are far from astringent.

A very nice but standard London style porter.

Photo of bark
4.62/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The colour is dark brown (60 EBC), the liquid clear. The large head is pale brown and compact. It sinks very slowly leaving very little lacing.

The smell is mildly sweet (brown sugar) and very smooth. Some citric hops and bitter hints in the background. Smooth notes of chocolate and coffee. Red berries and charcoal.

The taste is light, yet complex. It is very smooth and highly drinkable. Silky smooth flavours, some roasted, almost burned flavours. Brown sugar, cocoa, mild coffee, grilled meat, prunes. The aftertaste is semi-dry with notes of caramel, coffee and dried fruits. The long finish brings some bitter notes and a complex, very balanced taste.

The carbonation is mild, the small bubbles light. The liquid is smooth.

A very well crafted strong porter. Extremely drinkable!

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This porter pours out as a deep brownish black with red highlights. The head is tan and is pretty thick looking at first. About half way down the bottle the head thins out into just a ring around the glass. The smell is kind of sweet with some sugar and some light fruity aromas. The taste is a little sweet upfront then fades into a light roasted malt bitterness. It also has a very subtle pepper flavor in there too. The mouthfeel is not overly thick but has a good body. The beer is pretty good all around. I'd drink it again.

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 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 kojevergas
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Served from a cask into a pint glass in Blackfriar's pub, Glasgow.

A: Pours a very dark black with a one finger tan head that has cream but is thin. Heads on cask ales tend to be this restrained, so it's grand.

Sm: Alcohol, caramel, maybe toffee, maybe roast.

T: Caramel, coffee, toffee lacing with barrel aging notes. Cream. Quite nice overall, maybe the first good cask ale I've tried. Nicely built for the style; well balanced. The finish just carries the flavours of the body - not a bad thing per se, but a bit disappointing.

Mf: Very smooth for a porter, but adequately dry.

Dr: At this price, it's a worthy buy. I'd have another if I weren't reviewing as many Glasgow brews as possible during my visit.

Photo of NATOuk
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance
A deep brown with hints of red with a good one-finger head which dissipates to a thin off-white layer across the top and a ring which clings to the glass.

Smell
Deep, complex coffee/chocolate but also some caramel sweetness - a prominent yet not overpowering aroma.

Taste
A very big taste overall. To start you get complex chocolate, caramel sweetness which starts big but builds to a nice burst of strong hop bitterness in the finish with some slight burnt caramel tastes in there somewhere. The bitterness coats the back of the mouth and lingers for a long time. Very well balanced, not too rich. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel
A medium carbonation, medium-heavy body. Nice acidity from the carbonation but not too much to detract from the taste.

Drinkability
If you're a fan of big flavoured stouts and porters this is fantastic. Not something you'd want or be able to drink in massive quantities, but 2 or 3 of these would go down very well. A very full, big flavour which is very well balanced but not too rich.

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..

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Alice Porter from BrewDog
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