Simple Malt Double Porter - Brasseurs Illimités

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Simple Malt Double PorterSimple Malt Double Porter

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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: IronDjinn on 11-26-2009

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Photo of 2_Shaynez
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

341ml bottle to porter glass. Make sure you're in good lighting to not mistake the color. Black at the top of the glass, but a dark rich amber towards the bottom of the glass. Nice looking. 2 fingers of light mocha head which dissipate moderately before even commencing to drink. Some lacing patches

N: WOW! So out of the ordinary I don't know how to describe it. Very nutty, a strong beef jerky, meaty, bacon smokiness is so dominant and inviting. An uncommon nose that makes you impatiently want to know what on earth it tastes like

T: Smoky and Nutty at first, which turns into a chocolatey roasted malt finish.

M: Not as full-bodied as a stout, but still nice and rich. low to low-medium carbonation makes this smooth and easy to taste

O: Really happy I picked this up. One of the better simple malt brews. Must warn all that this is smoky, delicious, but you need to like some smokiness or you may not be a fan...However, this might be a one time thing for me as an IPA guy

Photo of ludachris
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It pours from the bottle a rich amber tone. When it has all come together in the glass however, it turns into a deep cherry wood red. Its off-white head sits a finger high and is light on its feet, wasting no time moving to the sides of the glass and forming a ring. This falls on the lighter side of double porters when it comes to appearance.'

The nose is deliciously complex. At first impression I get heaps of sweet nuttiness, almost hazelnut in tone, reminding me of a classic English brown ale. Next comes a rich, meaty smokiness; burning wood and bacon to be more specific. This becomes the defining character of the nose as the beer warms. Squares of sweet dark chocolate lurk below, giving the nose a delightful sweet and salty combination. It could have a bit more umph but the complexities that come from the smoked malt make it great as it is.

Its sweet, nutty character comes in big and pastes itself along the back of the palate with a sticky and assertive dryness. The smoky deliciousness that's so prominent in the nose takes a back seat here, only revealing glimpses of itself as the nutty dryness plays out. Its chocolate character comes in an all encompassing whisper, giving the beer a sense of congruity.

The body is dry throughout with a touch of creaminess and average level of carbonation. It's a bit too filmy or thin for my liking.

Overall, a decent porter that has plenty of potential. If you want to make the "double" part of the label more fitting, fill out the body and ramp up the addition of the smoked malt. That aspect was so promising in the nose but didn't fill out in everything that followed.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341mL bottle from Broue Ha Ha in Gatineau. Picked up a few of the Simple Malt series to try.

Poured into a nonic glass. Dark chestnut brew, with some ruby highlights when held to the light. Good head of cream-coloured froth, which left some streaks of lace and a nice thick circling of lace.

Nose has some robust porter malt, caramel, and a pleasant smoky peat component.

A tasty porter to be sure, that has that nice smoked flavor coming in not too heavy-handedly, and with some caramel and nuttiness to maintain some balance. Lacks depth, however - not sure where the "double" in the double porter is coming from.

Overcarbonated, which really set the brew off a great deal. Thin bodied for a porter, but easy enough to sip once the carbonation had finally subsided.

Not a bad porter by any stretch, and the smoky, whisky aspect was well done, but needs a bit of work to become something I'd regularly seek out.

Photo of Jeffo
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer a couple years back, but thought I'd re-review. Original bottles came from Freud, but this one comes from Peluso in Montreal.

From a bottle into a snifter
IBU: 28

APPEARANCE: Pours dark, chestnut brown and yields a small, medium looking, tan head with decent retention. Head quickly fades to a faint wisp and ring. A clear sienna brown in the glass with no carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp and ring remain but leave no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Dark malts, roasted notes, smoked malts and some leather notes. This is similar to their Fumee, but slightly more mild.

TASTE: Dark malts, caramel and smoked malts up front. A medium but lingering aftertaste of dark and smoked malt flavors, as well as some dark chocolaty bitterness. Good stuff, but not all that complex compared to some of their other brews.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly lower levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a touch mouth coating. Similar but slightly lighter than Fumee. Nice stuff.

OVERALL: Not nearly as good as I remember it, though that just might be because I've had the chance to try much more of their stuff, and now see how good these guys really are. A quality beer for sure, but this is very similar to their Fumee. Kind of like a Fumee Lite. Many of the same qualities are here, but the smoke is toned down slightly. An enjoyable beer, but given how excellent the rest of their stuff is, this one doesn't quite run in the same crowd.

Photo of Rutager
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Always happy to try a new beer from Quebec. Thank you, Jeffo!

Appearance. Pours dark brown with a little red and half a finger of off white head.

Smell. Roasty malts, chared ocean drifwood, dark unsweetened chocolate. Interesting for sure.

Taste. Smokey old wood, some roasty malts, slightly acidic.

Mouthfeel. Below medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall. Smokey porter here, but not sure if I'd call it a double. Nice beer in any case.

Photo of jrenihan
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somewhere between very dark brown and a light black with brownish hints. Small tan head that recedes quickly.

Smell contains chocolate, smoke, peat, tart cherry. Quite nice.

Smoke, chocolate, roasted malt in the taste. A bit of the cherry from the nose, but not as much as I was hoping for. Smoke is strong but not overpoweringly so.

Medium bodied, lighter than expected. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, pretty good. Enjoyed the bottle.

Photo of duracell
2.97/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

341mL bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date.

A - Pours a dark brown color showing red hues to the light, with a huge off-white dense head. Limited lacing on the glass.

S - Smoke is dominant, blended with some malt, caramel and dark fruits at the back.

T - The smoke is slightly overpowering to my taste. Some roasted malt notes appear as it warms up.

M - Over-carbonated, with a thinner body than expected, the mouthfeel is below the average. Alcohol is quite noticeable on the palate.

O - Announced as a robust porter, this beers doesn't share much of the characteristics of a porter. It certainly lacks a smoother mouthfeel. Besides, the smoky character is too dominant and hides all the malty notes which might be present. I'm rather disappointed by the beer from Brasseurs Illimités.

Photo of brystmar
2.36/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Brown pour, mild head that leaves sticky lace. Smells dry as hell and smokey too. Hard to find any of the roasted malt character I love.

Ashy, smokey, yeasty flavors dominate. Very dry. This beer exemplifies everything I dislike about porters and smoked beers. Let's see if the drain rejects it as strongly as my palate did...

Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Black with no light coming through. Some tan head and limited lacing.

S. It has a charcoal and smokey scent to it, very heavy. Nice. Almost in the same vein of a Schlenkerla.

T. It seems like it's trying to be like a Schlenkerla, but a bit too carbonated and bubbly and a bit too much malt and even chocolate to. Unfortunately it is lacking a kick to its flavor. It's tame almost like a soda.

M. Bubbly. Mildly refreshing.

O. I feel like this beer--while very good--just missed being a great brew. Just a bit to tame for something that wants to have an intense bacon feel to it.

Photo of Shadman
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has the poter look down pat. Dark, but when held up to a light it shows a nice dark cherry red. Not one to pour aggressively as it forms head amazingly quickly.

Smoke, with some peat, leather and whiskey.

Flavour follows nose to the letter. but I found the smoke to be almost over-powering. The whiskey does come into play, but to me doesn't mesh well.

Quite thin in body and a bit too 'fizzy'.

Not my cuppa for sure.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.51/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured in to brandy snifter.

A - Poured dark brown with a lot of light, bubbly cream coloured head that slowly receded to half a finger.

S - Heavy smoke aroma up front that completely dominates the nose. Some very muted roasted malt notes are present in the background but you really have to search them out. Overall very one dimensional and unpleasant.

T - Smoke up front, as the nose indicated. Some light whiskey flavours are present as well (as I think the French label that I can't read indicates). Not much else comes through at all. A very one dimensional and unpleasant beer.

M - So heavily carbonated that I couldn't even tell what the body of the beer was. The carbonation distracted me from the the rest of the mouth feel.

O - Unpleasant. Would not buy this again.

Photo of francisfilion
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a 6 pack directly at the brewery and poured one into a goblet. It was a very dark black with red reflections. Very little head but it was a burnt cream color (didn't stick around for long). There is very little effervescence in this beer.
It smells of smoked maple wood, cooked bacon, camp fire and burnt malt, which makes up a really pleasant smell.
The taste has a smoke upfront that is eased by roasted malts and finishes sweet. You can really taste the maple smoke!!
It is full bodied and good carbonation for the style.
Overall a great fall seasonal that fits with cold weather and offers something different! Great smoked double porter!!

Photo of tbeckett
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Broue HAHA.

A - Pours with a one finger, tannish kinda head that goes away to a film fast. Really, really dark red colour. Bright with tons of carbonation. Not much lacing and a small film of retention.

S - Bacony, smokey, barbequey. Dark malts. Not really the most wonderful aroma but it's alright.

T - Smokey, barbequey. Dark malts and some roastiness.

M - Good carbonation and a medium body. Sweet/smokey finish.

O/D - I have trouble with smoked beers but this is ok. Not the best and I don't really enjoy it a whole lot but it's smooth and seems technically good. Just not my style.

Photo of zachariaIPA
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black with a finger of tan head with very little lacing.

Notes of smoked malt and boozy chocolate. Though the smoke and peat is not too assertive. The beer really opens up at the right temperature

Would go great with some bbq'd meat. Overall, one of the better beers I've had from Simple Malt.

Photo of Digimaika2
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep dark copper when held up to light. A good inch of milky bubbly head that quickly fades to a tan blanket.

S: Lots of smoke and malty-sweet aromas of caramel and toffee. Dark fruit notes of cherries and plums.

T: Like drinking a campfire. Caramel tasting roasted malts, with the smokiness lingering in the finish. Hints of chocolate and coffee.

M: Standard porter-like viscosity. Medium carbonation

D: Quite easy-to-drink, although the smokiness would limit my evening to maybe one or two of these. Overall very decent and tasty.

Photo of jbonapar
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this fine Quebec beer from The old Jovi (now Omni) in Quebec.

Poured a dark brown with a thick beige head. Wonderfull lacing and creamy pour.

Smell: Malty, low on the smoke and some mild bready overtones

Taste: wonderfull. this is one of the nicest smoked beers I've had. My first smoked porter. Starts almost sweet with a hint of dark candied fruits and then drifts towards a maltly/chocolaty desert which was smoked on the BBQ! Reminds me of a chickory smoke. Very very intersting. I like that the smoke is not overpowering at all. It really blends well with the Chocolate malts.

Overall, i'm very impressed, moreso than I expected. Quebec is without a doubt producing some of the best beers in the world, and to me this brewery is really making a run for one of the best in quebec. Bonne Journe!

Photo of spinrsx
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a black/brown colour with an above average size frothy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some very nice lacing running in stages down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 2-3 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, chocolate, coffee, smoke

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation and it feels slightly syrupy. The taste is made up of malts, coffee/chocolate, and a smokiness. I also picked up on a slight metallic flavour. The beer finishes with a smoky coffee/chocolate aftertaste.

Drink - There was something slightly off with the taste of this beer but it was still fairly decent. I'm not sure I would drink more than 1 at a sitting. It's still worth seeking out and trying.

Photo of biglite351
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - light through center of glass, orange-brown. Tight tan head.

S - lots of fruit, smoke, caramel and malts. Bitter turn in the end.

T - smoke up front, almost Bacon like. Dried fruit and caramel through the after taste.

M - medium coating with just a slight tingle on sides of tongue.

D - good, but smoke would get old. Maybe two.

Photo of jbone78
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A buddy gave me this for a birthday beer. I still have more birthday beer to drink. He brought it to me from Virgina.

Poured nearly black with about a finger of fizzy head. Smells of Charcoal and malt. Tastes a little too roasty and smokey. Maybe too much black malt or somehthing. There is some chocolate flavors, but it's more of the bitter chocolate, which is fine, I'm just trying to describe the bitter/black malt taste. And a touch of vanilla at the end, nice touch. Medium carbonation and a farely smooth finish makes this one pretty good. I would buy this on a night like tonight when the temperatures are dropping.

And if I could buy it here.

-Bye

Photo of kwjd
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased yesterday from Peluso in Montreal. Pours a dark brown colour with hints of amber. Thick off-white head, leaves traces of lacing down the glass. Smells of chocolate, roasted malt, and a hint of the promised smoke. Nice roasted bitterness in the flavour with the smoke coming through more in the aftertaste. Body is a bit thinner than I expected since it is called a double porter, but still nice to drink. Another great beer from this brewery.

Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant porter that's nicely drinkable. Pours very dark brown chocolate colour, not much head and maybe affected by a few months' cellaring in that regard. A little roasty and whiff of smoke. Nice with barbeque meal. Mouthfeel middling and it was smooth creamy, although I expected this to be thicker for the declared porter style. Not significantly smokey, but its there.

Photo of digitalvenus
4.34/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A richly-coloured, deep chocolate brown body paired with a generous amount of creamy, dark head which disperses quite rapidly, leaving a slight ring.

S: A lovely burnt smoky wooden smell, with hints of dark coffee roasts & dark chocolate.

T: An initial intense burnt smokiness paired with notes of malt whiskey, dark coffee and bitter dark chocolate. Perfection.

M: Medium body, slightly dry with a great smoky after-taste that lingers.

D: Definitely one of my favourite smoky beers to drink.. especially pairing it up with smoked gouda cheese and olive bread. A bit thicker body would make it better, but no complaints here.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mikeyv35 for this bottle awhile back. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderately deep brown with a nice tan head. Right off the bat, the nose is intensely smoky. Charred wood and flames mixed with highly roasted malt as well as faint hints of dark chocolate and espresso. The taste levels the playing field a bit, with the roast and smoke aspects of the beer combining pretty well. Medium body with some dryness and good carbonation for what it's offering. Drinks pretty well for how overpowering the nose would make it seem. All in all, a good beer.

Photo of droomyster
4.26/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with almost no foam except for a small layer of swamp colored bubbles. This beer has beautiful aromas and flavors. Smells big on smoked ham and gamey meats, with espresso and roastiness slightly less apparent than the smokiness. Flavors are big and smoky, reminiscent of burnt sausages, dark chocolate, and coffee. I enjoy this beer quite a bit.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice rocky head, like a freshly poured A&W root beer from the tap, all clingy and firm. The color is a deep dark chocolate brown.

Just about all smoke in the nose, although very subtle dark bread and coffee characteristics peek through. No more or less one-dimensional than a hyper-hopped ale, this clearly states its intent even before it touches the lips.

This is a robust, smoky porter, with elements of bittersweet baking chocolate and dark roast coffee giving depth to the flavor. Something like charred grilled meat enters in, adding a husky character to this already manly brew. The key here, and the reason I very much like it, is that nothing is overdone--the tongue isn't beaten into submission by total char, and it's not so overly bitter that all natural sweetness from the malt is lost.

Round and smooth and silky, the texture is very nice as well. It could probably be called "thin," but this is exactly what ups its drinkability, helping this burly beer glide over the tongue and down the throat rather nicely.

I hoped this wouldn't be a smoke-drenched disaster, and it's not. It has subtlety and depth of character, and, most importantly of all, a comforting flavor profile. Makes me wish this was bomber size, as this is about as drinkable as an overtly smokey beer can get.

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Simple Malt Double Porter from Brasseurs Illimités
83 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.