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An Brain Blásta - The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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An Brain BlástaAn Brain Blásta

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104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Porterhouse Brewing Company visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-20-2001

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Ratings: 104 | Reviews: 43
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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a nice detailed review written on this beer, let's go with a caramel chest nut colored ale with a light tan head forming thick bands of even lacing. Aroma has pine, herbal, citrus fruitiness that blends well with the inviting caramel malts and slightly sour notes. I explained the intricacies that the use in the hops in the nose don't transcend into to the hop flavor, a strong harsh hop bitterness was welcomed with each sip but I would like to see more cohesion like I did in the nose. The finish is green bitter dryness. Mouthfeel is ilght to medium bodied with a harsh level of carbonation, my main two issues with the beer were the carbonation and the temperature I served it at. On cask this would be Sublime I think it's time to visit Ireland, God Bless all those proud Irish out there because this beer is labeled 100% Irish brewed in Dublin of course.

Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasty,smooth, hoppy, firm, very nice drop actually, disguises the 7% alc well. Some sweet lightly caramelly hops, and bitter-ish citric hops, i found it a bit sticky at times, but generally pretty soft in texture and as i said before, it disguises the alcohol quite well, pretty tasty.

Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. It's been a while since I've encountered this weird-ass, potential deep gash accident prone cap enclosure. WTF? Is this an Irish countermeasure to binge drinking, or something?

This beer pours a clear, dark red brick amber hue, with three fingers of densely foamy, bubbly, and slightly rocky pale beige head, which leaves a stellar array of sticky, holey cheese lace around the glass as it gently sinks away.

It smells of somewhat biscuity, sweet caramel malt, toffee pudding, complex dark fleshy fruit, demarara sugar, sultana raisins, and floral, leafy hops. The taste is rather bitter up front, but in a certain mirror-world, obfuscated way - floral, perfumed hops, mostly - with a further untethered grassiness, caramel and toffee malts, moderately sour store-brand raisins, restrained brown sugar, and a bit of stony flintiness, perhaps from the well sublimated alcohol.

The bubbles are tamed to the point of obsequious plainness, the body a sturdy medium weight, and mostly smooth, in an equally unfurnished manner. It finishes off-dry, the gritty caramel malt shedding its initial biscuit goodness, while the lingering dark sugar and somewhat boozed up leafy and weedy hops round things out.

A decent tipple, in the way of the main island's strong ales, fo sho, with the same UK malt and hop sensibilities that this brewer may not be altogether comfortable with admitting. Maybe not my favorite, vis a vis the same concept so prevalent here on our shores, but the name is cool, and I would imagine, if I were in Dublin town center, this would be a stellar alternative, to well, anything.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.61/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Sudsy red-orange with excellent white foam in a goblet.

Smell: Incredibly herbal, soapy smell. Extremely medicinal and old school with a resiny and ether-like background. Smoke, peat, and Scotch.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very similar to the smell. Moderately smokey peat-like Scotch with a heavy dose of medicinal herbs. Fabulous! Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and very sharp on the palate.

Overall Drinkability: Old school bliss.

Photo of AEK
2.81/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml brown bottle poured into a Hobgoblin branded pint pot.

A. A deep, almost blood orange coloured beer topped by a bubbly, slightly off-white head 1 finger thick. Head retention is good.

S. Faintly floral, musty, a little zesty fruit followed by some alcoholic heat when the beer has warmed up sufficiently.

T. Is there anything in here to taste? Pitifully bad for a beer of this strength, not even any alcoholic warmth to it. Oh dear!

M. Thin bodied considering it is a 7% ABV beer.

D. Just goes to prove that appearances can be deceiving. WHAT a let down. There is absolutely nothing in this beer to tell you it is a 7% ale, no alcoholic warmth, too thin bodied and nothing on the palate. Woefully bland, a poor performer all round.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from korguy123. Poured in to Founders tulip.

A - Medium to dark amber in colour; translucent. Half a finger of dirty white head.

S - A big floral hop aroma up front with some toffee, raisin and brown sugar notes.

T - Fairly big bitterness up front with a mix of floral and earthy hop flavours and a big sweet malt backbone. Toffee, caramel, raisin and brown sugar flavours are present.

M - Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a MacAndrew's thistle glass. Pours a dark coppery red amber with a half finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, dark and light fruit. Flavor begins with caramel and bready malt, light and dark dried fruit, developing a more nutty malt flavor and finishing with dark fruit, hints of wood and hops. A great malty body and interesting flavor progression. Flavors become more muted as the glass warms. Medium bodied with some creaminess. Some barley wine elements, but fits as an English strong ale. I will definitely return to this ale.

Photo of metter98
3.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy deep amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Rather complex aromas of brandy, raisins, toasted malts and toffee are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and also has hints of earthy yeast and a light amount of bitterness, the latter of which which masks any sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Slight bits of warming are perceptible.
O: I enjoyed the complexities in the smell and taste of this beer. It is relatively easy to drink but pleasant enough to sip.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.12/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle.Snifter glass.Enjoyed on jun´11.Reddish deep amber.Off white froth.Brief large bubbled crown.Sweet malt & floral hop aromas. Crispy upfront.Green grape flavor.Medium body,high carbonation. Pungent alcoholic mouthfeel.Very dry finish.Astringent.Harsh quincy aftertaste.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Porterhouse Central; poured into a tulip pint.

A: Deep, dark red with a one finger head.

S: Not to much smell to pull of this one. There is a hint of carmel and bittersweet hops, but that's about it.

T: The hops hit first, sweet honey and tropical fruits follow, and a defined malty sweetness in the finish.

D: Really smooth and crisp with a oily mouthfeel and a sweet finish. A great aperitif to one of the many excellent meals available at the Porterhouse.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.11/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured into a perfect pint.

4.5 A: Clear brownish amber color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is very good and a good sized ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Minerally with earthy and lightly floral hops. Lemongrass herbalness. Roasty and toasty malts. Light caramel. Not bad.

3.0 T: Again, a big mineral component in this. Moderate hop bitterness. Earthy and spicy hop flavor. Light roast, lighter toast, and some caramel. Earthy mineral again for emphasis and maybe a big too much.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess.

2.0 D: This gets harder and harder to drink as you progress through the glass. The mineral component keeps gaining strength. One 330mL is too much and that should never be the case.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Got this for a great price mixed and matched for $1.75

A - Somewhat clear deep red brown, with a 1/4 inch of head, very sticky off white head.
S - Wow has a somewhat chestnut rum smell with a touch of sour cherry and brandy.
T - Somewhat dry and very bitter that last long into the finish with hops. The caramel and toffee notes are minimal but its overall smooth.
M - Very dry and medium bodied.

Overall its a very hoppy and dry old ale, unfortunately I like my old ales less dry and sweet so I will not be getting this again.

Photo of LampertLand
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Porterhouse Brewing 'An BrainBlasta' , an English Strong Ale @ 7.0% , served from an interesting 330 ml bottle with a pull tap bottle cap , purchased for $3

A-pour is an amber/gold from the bottle , into the glass dark amber with little to no head along the pint glass

S-sweet smelling , fruity

T-dry hoppy , dark fruity , sweet malt

MF-medium carbonation , medium/full body , dry bittersweet finish on the palate

Ov-ok beer , we bit harsh on my palate , maybe not my favourite style of beer

sampled alongside 'Plain Porter' & 'Oyster Stout' also from Porterhouse Brewing

prost LampertLand

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip pint: Deep amber, approaching brown, with a finger of off-white head that drops to a thick, splotchy covering with splotchy lacing. Light amber highlights.

A little dried fruit in the smell (apple, pineapple), baking bread, a little buttery, a little peppery.

Taste has more dried fruit with a dry, fruitpeel character that's somewhat tannic. Again, slightly buttery, tea-like character. Bitterness is very flat & straight, finishes & lingers a long time.

Medium-light-bodied, slightly flinty, dueling dryness & sweetness, pretty bitter & dry long into the aftertaste, more tannic feel.

Not bad, a little quirky without being terribly memorable, aftertaste kind of burns me out.

Photo of jdhilt
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger cream head that fades very slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Deep clear copper/amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Toasted malt nose and flavor is toasted malt and some caramel. $4.99 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

Photo of avalon07
3.16/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a clear texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: Not much of a smell here, but did have traces of malt in it.

T: Tasted of malt (a fair amount), a little bit of caramel, biscuits, and a surprisingly bitter, hoppy finish. In spite of all these ingredients, the flavor was pretty thin and kind of watery.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a super dry, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a disappointing beer. Not horrible, but Porterhouse has done better work in the past.

Photo of atis
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear red brown with dense 1/2 finger slightly off-white head, excellent retention, head lasted almost till the end of the glass, very good lacing. Aroma is mild caramel malty, no alcohol, despite hight ABV. Taste is rather intense nutty and citrus bitterness, hints of wild fruit, berries, dry finish and long lasting bittery citrus aftertaste. When it warms up, caramel malt is stronger felt. Mouthfeel is smooth, rather high carbonation.

Overall, the beer felt very hoppy and bittery, harsh sometimes, but what I liked was that alcohol was very well hidden. Quite drinkable.

Photo of kojevergas
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: At the Porterhouse pub in Dublin, I asked for a pint of this off the tap but they were out, so I was given a bottle. Poured into a goblet at the bar. The head is creamy and promising, three fingers size. It's ca clear but very dark amber-gould, like a spiced whiskey colour. Bold and appealing.

SM: Moderate strength scent with many notes: lots of hops, maybe some spice. If you've ever inhaled mould spores (and if you've lived in Ireland, you probably have), you know the musty smell in this beer. Definitely yeasty.

T: Wow. Complex yet refined. A sour note, a hint of cream, and a pleasant finish. This is the type of beer I expected when I first came to Porterhouse, and my favourite of all their own brews that I've tried.

MF: Smooth as it needs to be, but a bit too wet. Dries on the finish.

Dr: If not for the price, I'd order this left and right. If you're at the Porterhouse this is the only beer they brew themselves that's worth ordering.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, raisin, apple, pear, toast, brown sugar, light roast, bread, herbal, woodiness, and toast/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, raisin, pear, apple, toast, brown sugar, bread, toffee, light roast, herbal, woodiness, and toast/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy/woody bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, raisin, pear, apple, toast, brown sugar, bread, toffee, light roast, herbal, woodiness, and toast/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hop, and fruity yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, lightly creamy, and fairly crisp/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice Engish strong ale. Good complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on. This bottle was lightly oxidized, but was a nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of cypressbob
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Porterhouse, Dublin

Pours with a deep red amber body, tight slightly off white head with good retention. Some lacing down the glass

Smell, some malt, almost cask like on the nose (slightly yeasty), some sweet esters and a few floral notes

Taste, served far too cold so it really knocked alot of flavour out the window. I let the pint warm for 10mins or so, then sampled. Sweet caramel malt, some dry biscuity crispness also, a few esters lingering in the background.Very little hop profile, mainly a huge whack of malt, some yeast on the finish

A little unbalanced and unrefined, slightly harsh also but solid none the less

Photo of wordemupg
3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml pull tab bottle poured into tulip 29/1/14

A hazy dark amber with some ruby when held to the light, a finger of tan foam sits around far a few sips leaving some polka dot specks of lace

S green apple, toffee, cotton candy, butterscotch, some herbal notes, smells a little sour though, nothing bad but nothing great either

T spicy hops, caramels are soft, not as much sour apple, some bread, still lots of herbal notes, better then the nose but a little average

M silky upon entry and creamy from the bubbles, has some body to it and some English hops linger, perhaps a highlight

O OK brew but nothing to write home about, the nose left something to be desired and other then the solid feel it didn't really excel anywhere

another decent but brew that I wont remember, I could see some people loving the "English balance" and raving about this one but its a one and done for this guy

Photo of RblWthACoz
2.41/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The caps on this brewery's bottles always strike me as funny. Lots of caramel and malts on the nose and flavor profile. It could work if it were more balanced, but unfortunately, it is not. Too much sweetness and it's cloying really. This is by far my least favorite beer from this brewery. The others I tried of theirs were much better.

Photo of korguy123
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330cl bottle into tulip.
First of all I have to say that was the most fun opening a bottle of beer ever!

A- Clear dark ruby red with brown highlights. Finger and a half off white creamy head and fantastic lacing.

S- Dark stone fruits, strawberries, mandarin oranges, brown sugar, vanilla, pineapple, pear and grapes. Slight burnt toast and a little on the boozy side.

T- Dark roast, the hops stick out the most it's really quite hoppy. More than I was anticipating. Grapefruit and a touch of vanilla. The stone fruits are minimal cutting way back on the sweetness.

M- Light to medium bodied, great carbonation helps wash away any chance of it being too boozy.

Photo of Yeastcakes
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewpub near Trinity College
Serving notes: cool, imperial pint glass
A - alcohol comes through, but not too hot. Some raisins and oatmeal.
A - quarter-inch of head, clear light amber.
M - light body with medium carbonation. Alcohol heat that first appears in the aroma is here as expected and also at a pleasant (not-too-hot) level.
T - Some dark fruits (raisins) with good malt body. Has enough hops to back things up.
D - While this is one of their heavier beers it goes down easily enough and if you've already had a meal at the pub you can still continue the evening.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.23/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a small cylindrical glass at the brewpub in Dublin.

A: Some creamy head and bubbles. Beautiful! Clear red-copper.

S: An odd creaminess, but with strong citrusy (grapefruity?) hops. Good.

T: Delicious! An Brain Blasta (for so it is listed in The Little Black Book of Beer and Other Stories) tastes a lot of an American double IPA. Allegedly "longer fermentation and thrice hopping" bring about the delicious bitterness that caresses the mouth with spot-on carbonation and strong malts that support the maintaste but fade away before the aftertaste.

M: Drying hops have a biscuity feel, carbonation is very well done, and there is a tinge of warm alcohol. Superlative.

D: Warming, absolutely scumptious, and a pleasure to drink. Definitely recommended, will drink again (in fact, I'll follow this with a pint of the stuff). Porterhouse's best beer.

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An Brain Blásta from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.