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Alice Porter - BrewDog

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101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mdagnew on 02-04-2011)
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Photo of augustgarage


4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 05:17:34 | More by augustgarage
Photo of Paincane


4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 01:19:26 | More by Paincane
Photo of MrKennedy


3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 10:16:32 | More by MrKennedy
Photo of danieelol


3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 10:21:27 | More by danieelol
Photo of dgilks


4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 11:58:31 | More by dgilks
Photo of smcolw


4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2011 16:30:23 | More by smcolw
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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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Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 17:44:38 | More by flyingpig
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 03:08:17 | More by Sammy
Photo of peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 18:47:27 | More by peensteen
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 10:09:36 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of Macca


3/5  rDev -20%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 13:39:58 | More by Macca
Photo of Thehuntmaster

South Africa

3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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?

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 11:01:16 | More by Thehuntmaster
Photo of ADZA


4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 10:39:12 | More by ADZA
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 20:08:42 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of Evil_Pidde


4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 18:24:44 | More by Evil_Pidde
Photo of Klym


3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 22:16:05 | More by Klym
Photo of PaulStoneAnchor


4.58/5  rDev +22.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 03:40:13 | More by PaulStoneAnchor
Photo of AgentMunky


4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2011 22:00:51 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of Trizzle

United Kingdom (England)

3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: cask

06-12-2011 12:42:13 | More by Trizzle
Photo of bark


4.68/5  rDev +24.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 20:55:22 | More by bark
Photo of Knapp85


3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 22:41:14 | More by Knapp85
Photo of bolerosanchez

United Kingdom (England)

4.97/5  rDev +32.5%
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 ;)

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 09:56:12 | More by bolerosanchez
Photo of rarbring


4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 20:08:30 | More by rarbring
Photo of kojevergas


3.75/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: cask

03-08-2011 00:11:50 | More by kojevergas
Photo of NATOuk

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 20:43:58 | More by NATOuk
Alice Porter from BrewDog
84 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.