Simple Malt Double Porter - Brasseurs Illimités

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Simple Malt Double PorterSimple Malt Double Porter

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 70
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 8.4%
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 Long813
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (844 characters)

Photo of Phillyphilms
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (541 characters)

Photo of SFLpunk
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Freud for this bonus (in person trade)!

341mL brown glass twist-top. No date.

Pours without much head, but some off-white suds. Mostly opaque with some reddish brown hues. Nose is dominated by smoky notes of bacon and smoldering applewood. Body is medium and somewhat sharp with hop acidity. Flavors are focused around those bacon-y, smoky ideas. Almost like a rauchbier/porter hybrid.

My French is rusty and I have very little brewing French vocab, but I get the words smoke and whiskey malt on the label.

Tasty and VERY smoky. (542 characters)

Photo of bgildea
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with a slight hue of ruby. Thin tan/white head that fade quickly with slight lacing.

S: Strong smell of wood/earth. There is also a hint of cleaning product or some other unnatural scent. Maybe I got a bad bottle...

T: The taste is also earthy/woodsy. Slight sweet maybe fig after taste.

M: Decently thick, but I would have like a little more.

D: It's drinkable. I'd drink another, but nothing I'd rave about.

Overall: Overall, it's a decent beer. Very woods/earthy smelling and tasting. Not bad, but not something I'd order on a regular basis. (565 characters)

Photo of meatyard
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of timtim
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (748 characters)

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (562 characters)

Photo of grub
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (705 characters)

Photo of WorldWideStout
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: No one has mentioned the amusing label on this bottle, which has a section where there are three choices listed (au francais): degustation, refreshment, or celebration. The box for degustation is checked. The beer itself has a pedestrian brown color, and yielded a momentary one-finger head which I had to work hard to produce.

S: Malts, caramel, and smokiness. Nothing too complex, but I think the smell of most smoked beers is delightful.

T: No real strong flavors. Smokiness comes in pretty early on and hangs around. A bit of sweet malt in the start, and I taste a bit of bitterness towards the end, which tastes more of roasted, charred malt then it does of hops. Again, nothing too complex.

M: The carbonation is a little strong for about the first second of each sip, but then settles down.

D: The smokiness would probably tire me after awhile, but as it's not too intense, having a few of these wouldn't be out of the question.

Nothing too offensive, nothing too interesting. A run-of-the-mill porter with a decent smokiness. It would serve as a good introduction to smoked beers for someone new to the style. (1,125 characters)

Photo of eat
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,274 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (1,013 characters)

Photo of oakbluff
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle via Glouglouburp- Pours a dark cola with a slight red hue, minimal head and lacing. Nose- sweet and smokey with a mineral saltiness. Taste- chalky with a dry smokey roast flavour. Slight bandaid flavour on the finish. Medium to light bodied with robust carbonation. (272 characters)

Photo of flipper2gv
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep deep ruby red. Quite translucent. Not much head, but it is off white, but the lacing seems to last.

S: Smoke comes out first. Not in tobacco smoke but really liked smoke coming from woods used to smoke meat. Maple syrup. Some faint dark chocolate. Very straightforward.

T: The smoke/smoked meat is still there. Roasted malts are very soft. A bit of malty sweet maple syrup. Powdery cocoa, not sweet at all. Some acidic touch at the end and wood like tones in the after taste.

M: Lower than what I expected. It gets a bit bigger at the end, but still, much smaller than what I'd expect from a "double" porter. Carbonation is low, at least.

D: Very high, really I could drink a couple of these no problems. Very sessionable beer.

P.S.: should be categorized as a smoked porter. Bièreopholie (which was the old name of simple malt) usually was only doing their porters smoked, I think they kept the same recipe as the Calumet, which was a smoked porter. (967 characters)

Photo of Tim2000
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of argock
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 34cl brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.40.

A: Very dark brown with thin, wispy off-white head that disappears quickly and leaves rare spots of lace.

S: Intensely smoky, meaty aroma with some bitter dark malts and lighter caramel notes

T: Smoke is the biggest influence overall with more dark malt and caramel flavors mixed with a few citrus notes as well. Not much from the hops department -- maybe some leafy, earthy hops flavors but I'm guessing a little.

M: Not as robust in body as the flavor and aroma but still solid. Aftertaste is also smoky with more sweet caramel character.

D: A good porter but it is outdone by a number of others. I think this should be categorized as a smoked porter. (795 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of ZorPrime
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (501 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.91/5  rDev +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. (1,010 characters)

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Simple Malt Double Porter from Brasseurs Illimités
83 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.