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Simple Malt Double Porter - Brasseurs Illimités

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Simple Malt Double PorterSimple Malt Double Porter

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.92%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: IronDjinn on 11-26-2009)
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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

VbolieuV, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of sgtscut
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

sgtscut, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of digitalvenus
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

digitalvenus, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of droomyster
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

droomyster, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of kwjd
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

kwjd, Nov 07, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

NightINgale, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of jbonapar
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

jbonapar, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of Tim2000
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341 mL brown bottle.

Dark brown with a thin tan head that dies down quickly.

Aroma is smoky with hints of molasses.

Starts off sweet with molasses and burnt sugar but is quickly overtaken with smoky campfire flavours and charred wood. Hop bitterness picks up slowly and lingers. Slight alcohol bite. Fairly low carbonation.

Overall, a tasty beer but a bit one-dimensional.

Tim2000, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Amalak, Mar 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

jrempel, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of zachariaIPA
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

zachariaIPA, May 27, 2011
Photo of Rutager
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Rutager, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Phyl21ca, Dec 07, 2009
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3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

IronDjinn, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of Long813
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dated: NA
From: Zorprime, 341 ml

A; Dark brown body with two fingers of dark mocha head. Head dissipates rather quickly, leaves minimal lacing and contains black sediment.

S: Burnt wood smokiness, bitter chocolate and coffee roasts. Very pleasant aroma utilizing the smoke to enhance the flavours instead of being the main attraction.

T: Much like the aromas, there is a huge burnt smokiness followed by subtle flavours of chocolate and coffee. Also has some bread notes giving a fuller flavour.

M: Medium-light bodied, medium-low carbonation. Leaves an interesting smoked after taste and has a slight sense of alcohol.

D: My favourite smoked beer my far. It's a nice combination of porter and smoke making it easier to drink and more pleasurable. Texture was a bit thin, but none the less. A great beer from QC, thanks again Zorprime.

Long813, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of Metalmonk
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Metalmonk, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of meatyard
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, deep mahogany with a 3-finger, milk chocolate head that falls to a cover leaving just a few spots of lace.
The smell is smoky, very much so.
The taste is also very smoky to start, smoky in the middle, ends smoky and has a smoky aftertaste. Along the way, there are slight notes of chocolate.
Mouthfeel is thin with just moderate carbonation.
Drinkability is good if smoked beers suit you as they do me. There's just a bit more than one thing going on here but not a lot more. Still, I like it.

meatyard, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of Phillyphilms
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Phillyphilms, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of ZorPrime
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

ZorPrime, Dec 05, 2009
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3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle picked up at Peluso.

Pours a hazy dark brownish red, some orange highlights in the corners, pretty thick light tan head forms and slowly settles down to a thick ring around the glass, some lace spots stick.

Smell is neat, sweet and malty, some smokey character, beef jerky, some caramel and dark fruit, wood, earthy, lots of campfire character, pretty neat.

Taste is similar, quite sweet up front, grapes and caramel, some honey, biscuits, very smoky, beef jerky and campfire, a bit of raisin and dark fruitiness, some grape and sherry, pretty nice smoke character in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Nicely smoky, not overdone, well balance and easy drinking.

Viggo, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of timtim
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

deep, dark brown with maybe some mahogany highlights. tan head holds for a bit and then diminishes to a collar. nose is fireplace, maple and savory with a touch of roasty, a touch of chocolate, a hint of coffee and an ever so slight hop presence in the mix. taste carries a very good balance, with the malt that has been twice smoked (once over peat wood and once over ash wood) taking the main role. the other flavors dance in the middle and the finish shows off what the whiskey malt does, leaving a dry woodsiness as it goes. was expecting more body, and a little more chocolate/coffee/plain old porter taste. sort of one dimensional, making it hard to drink too many, but still a fun taste of "smoke". way overpriced here in the states as well.

timtim, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Yoonisaykul, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of Digimaika2
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Digimaika2, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of grub
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled march 14/2010.

pours deep dark brown with a small dense tan head. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is good. big smokey character. bit of coffee and dark chocolate. toasted whole wheat bread. biscuit and cracker. hint of alcohol. slightly salty character to the smoke.

taste is nice. nice big smokey character. dark chocolate. hint of coffee. dark toasted whole wheat bread. biscuit. bit of cracker. just a hint of alcohol. touch of caramel.

mouthfeel is good. medium-large body. nice smooth medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. good smokey character. a tasty smoked porter.

grub, Mar 15, 2010
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Simple Malt Double Porter from Brasseurs Illimités
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