Simple Malt Double Porter - Brasseurs Illimités
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Reviews by Shadman:
3.25/5 rDev -10.2%
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.
12-08-2011 03:58:55 | More by Shadman
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3.48/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
06-07-2013 03:45:21 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.9/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
06-24-2010 21:59:39 | More by Metalmonk
3.75/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
10-20-2010 23:29:25 | More by Sammy
3.83/5 rDev +5.8%
Bottle says pint. I felt like a tulip.
A- Darkest brown (pretty much appears black). Very little head at first and now only a thin half ring or crescent.
S- Roasted grain and smoky malt. Ethanol. Dried date.
T- The smell plus some water diluted whisky. Surpised me with some nice fresh hops. Caramel and what I think could be diacetyl. Bitterness seems to be a good mix of hop and roasted malt.
M- Enjoyable if not a bit watery. Medium to low carbonation is alright.
D- Good. That's all I can think of.
Not delicious but solid. I would drink more of this.
03-16-2010 20:16:25 | More by Yoonisaykul
4.08/5 rDev +12.7%
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!
03-21-2011 00:43:27 | More by jbonapar
3.5/5 rDev -3.3%
Pours an opaque dark brown with a surprisingly white head for such a dark beer. The head recedes to a spotty cover and ring around the glass. No lacing.
Light smells of dark roasted malt and smoke with hops and caramel in the background. Could use a good kick in the presence.
To be honest, this tastes like a watered-down version of Bièreopholie`s Calumet Grand Chef. Maybe with a different malt profile as well. I feel like the bottom end is missing; there`s a lot of malt present but it seems like it needs more support somehow. I do prefer the more subtle smokiness found here, however. Calumet was a bit intense. The smoke is better incorporated into the whole this time around. Nicely balanced hops in the background and no sign of the ABV. Smooth but lacking something. Too watery.
Thin-medium body and very lightly carbonated. Could defintely use a fuller body.
I had high hopes for this after trying their imperial stout. Is seems that one is the star of the bunch; so far none of the others have matched its quality. The lightness of this beer does make it pretty drinkable but there`s just not enough flavour coming through. I think this brew could be easily stepped-up to a great porter with some minor tinkering. On the right track but not quite there.
02-17-2010 02:22:08 | More by eat
British Columbia (Canada)
3.93/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
08-07-2012 03:27:50 | More by Rutager
3.93/5 rDev +8.6%
Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and not much lacing. Aroma of smoked is quite dominant with some notes of roasted malt also noticeable. Taste is dominated by a nice mix of smoked malt with a little touch of roasted malt. Body is bit thin and beer would be better with a fuller body with good carbonation. Very well done with loads of smoked malt but I think this beer would be even better with more roasted malt and a fuller creamier body.
12-07-2009 03:27:43 | More by Phyl21ca
2.5/5 rDev -30.9%
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.
11-23-2011 01:50:16 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.85/5 rDev +6.4%
The beer is brown color. More like a dark brown than a light black. The head is made of big bubbles and disappear quite fast, to leave only a thin film of fine bubbles. The aroma is smoky with some roast... and something else. The label says it has some whiskey touch, it is probably that. The taste is roast/smoke... Nice. A good bitterness at the end, it starts slow and finish high. As the beer warms up, the smoke is taking more place in the taste. Medium body, this is a very good session Porter.
12-05-2009 23:33:26 | More by ZorPrime
3.88/5 rDev +7.2%
Bottle into a Chimay glass.
A- Pours a nice dark wood brown with a small tan head that begins at much less than a finger and reduces to a tiny ring after a minute.
S- A nice toasty nose, lots of smokey malt with subtle scents of nuts, dark chocolate and coffee.
T- Nice porter here. Very smoke malty-ness to this which is balanced by a 6.4 abv. More hops that I would expect which was nice addition and adds to it's character.
F- Medium body, nice bite from the alcohol and the smoke lingers. Good drinkability, well balanced and tasty.
06-08-2010 06:50:30 | More by Phillyphilms
4/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
03-21-2012 00:39:12 | More by Amalak
3.93/5 rDev +8.6%
From a 341 ml brown bottle. Pours out an impressive dense deep dark brown, practically black and opaque (but not quite....). Rich mahogany highlights when held to direct light, plus a deep garnet spotlight. Tall loose creamy beige head that slowly settles.
Meaty, intense smokey notes on the nose, bittersweet acidic notes too.
Things round out in the flavour, soft burnt malt, a dry dark chocolate on the finish, faint smoked and wood notes linger on in the aftertaste. Sweet notes pop in and out of the whole weave of the flavour in an intermittent manner.
Mouthfeel starts out somewhat light, fullness builds towards the finish, while the carbonation remains low throughout.
A porter that is greater than the sum of its parts, not as enjoyable when picked apart, as it seems a bit one-dimensional on the surface, yet I thoroughly enjoyed this Double Porter, and salute the spirit of Bieropholie that lives on through this. A huge thanks to Goldorak for bringing me a bottle of this to Alberta to sample.
11-26-2009 07:39:23 | More by IronDjinn
3.55/5 rDev -1.9%
Poured from a 341ml. bottle.
Appearance: At first, a dense black looking body but as the thin 1 finger head recedes, looks more brownish amber and slightly clear.
Smell: Major smoke, hickory, wood and a definite malt-like presence. Smells quite good actually. I like it a lot.
Taste: Smoked wood with hints of whiskey and more hickory. Has a discreet hop bitterness in the tail end of the flavor.
Mouthfeel: Low point for me. Very smooth and creamy textrure with quite a low carbonation. Definitely lacks a fullness to it. Not robust and full-bodied as the label claims. Still good in the palate but lacks something to make it stick.
Drinkability: Ease of consumption is good but it just doesn't grab me enough and i had troubles finishing it (left a little in the glass).
Overall: I never connected with the Calumet & Calumet Grand Chef and this one, which is basically the same recipe, is no different. I found the taste didn't live up to the aroma and the body was lacking. Still good, but not very good.
02-17-2010 01:32:51 | More by papat444
3.55/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
02-07-2011 18:31:27 | More by spinrsx
3.75/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
12-12-2010 00:25:36 | More by jbone78
3.53/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
04-06-2014 23:03:50 | More by ludachris
3.98/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
05-27-2011 03:59:53 | More by zachariaIPA
Simple Malt Double Porter from Brasseurs Illimités
82 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.