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An Brain Blásta - The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 105
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 8.17%
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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-20-2001

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Reviews: 43 | Hads: 105
Photo of RblWthACoz
2.41/5  rDev -32.1%
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. (337 characters)

Photo of cbl2
2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance:

Orangish brown with little to no head (off white)

Smell:

Tough to discern an odor inside the bar (I was in Dublin just prior to the smoking ban), but the aroma I am getting isn't exactly pleasing.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

At first a short sharp shock of hops followed by a fruity (tropical) flavor. Finishes with a floral quality due to the hops. Not my favorite.

Note:

Woke up the next morning, with little memory of the night before. Definetly a brain blaster. (488 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
2.76/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer is red and mildly hazy with a big off white / brownish head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass, head has nice retention overall and a great view to it. Looks like beer.

Aroma is sweet and mild with a slight roast to it, it smells fine.

Can you bottle boring? Apparently. Beer is too thin, watery, nearly no flavor, mild bitterness at the end. It's like water, big disappointment here, which is odd because I didn't have expectations. It doesn't taste bad I guess, it just doesn't taste like anything. (513 characters)

Photo of AEK
2.81/5  rDev -20.8%
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. (742 characters)

Photo of stcules
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Strong red colour, with oranged reflexes, compact foam, typical of an ale, not very persistent.
The smell is floreal and hop (hop flower), with some fruity (sweet cherry), and then caramel. Sweet, creamy and wrapping.
Medium body, sweet aftertaste, with vanilla, and bitter and toasted too! (292 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
2.86/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From 08/13/11 notes. Had on tap at Balston's Rustico in Arlington, VA. Served in a tulip.

a - Pours a dark red color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Few minutes of retention and lots of lacing.

s - Smells of light fruity malts, caramel malts, and toasted malts. Not bad, but not very strong at all. Pretty average.

t - Taste has even less than the nose. Some light fruity and toasted malts, but that is about it. A step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

o - Overall not a bad or offensive beer, but just kind of there. Not much going on in either the nose or the taste. Wouldn't seek it out again. (659 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.11/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (752 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (282 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330ml bottle - $3.99 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, medium-dark brown body with a scattered layer of ivory suds.

Smell: Uninspiring malty elements of toffee, toast, and roast rounded out with notes of herb, dried lemon, and savory white pepper.

Taste: Toasted maltiness fastened to rigid roast and a low toffee-like sweetness. Hint of apricot dusted with ground white pepper. Just a touch of citrus. Medium-light bitterness. A bit more spice and a sliver of alcohol on the dry, lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation. Modestly creamy in the mouthfeel.

Overall: Drinkable but rather unexciting, it's one of those indistinct beers that, were it not for logging in these notes, I'd completely forget within a day or two. (790 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.16/5  rDev -11%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark, copper-colored body topped with a thick, foamy, white head. Heady caramel aroma with a twinge of spicy, pine-like hop aroma. Light caramel malt flavors with a tingling alcohol aftertaste. Thin, kind of watery body; mostly dry finish.

Doesn't live up to first impressions - looks good and smells promising. More boozy than flavorful and fairly weak body. (360 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Advertised as a English barleywine versus an English Strong listed here. Arrived a mostly merky dark drown color. Some lighter brown hues around the edges and a light red tint to it. A light ring around the glass for foam, but did remain for the tasting. But no lacing to speak of.

The nose is malty with a more caramel and light melonadian aroma. Some chocolate and a bit of brown sugar aromas as well. A bit sweet but there is no hops really to speak of to balance off of. There is a yeasty aroma but mostly clean. A bigger plum aroma with some black currant and figs in the mix. Some butter as it warms as well.

The taste is a bit more balance but still sweet and malty. The malt is similar with more of a sugary caramel note. Some sugary notes and an almost Special B like quality. The hops are very limited. No real bitterness, which would really help versus the sweetness. Some minor earthy hop notes in the finish. The yeast is very present as well. Some plums, bubblegum and weirdly enough, gummy drops. The diacetyl some out more though and really off sets some of the nice esters.

The body is moderate, but the sweetness gives it a perception that it's bigger than it really is. The sweetness is a bit of a deterrent. Some slickness as well, which really hints at the diacetyl. Overall some nice complexity but some major flaws really hold this beer back. Clean those out and now were talkin. (1,405 characters)

Photo of cypressbob
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
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 (649 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (290 characters)

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.48/5  rDev -2%
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. (702 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
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 (893 characters)

Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (285 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (867 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-copper color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-toffee, malt, floral, hint of dark fruit

T-sweet malt, toffee, brown sugar, raisins, floral, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth

O-interesting ale, flavors are decent but balance is off (289 characters)

Photo of atis
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (743 characters)

Photo of Eramen
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A dark amber colour, one inch head which retains fairly well.

S - Strongly caramel, malts, and other highly sweet notes, along with floral.

T - Biscuit malts, caramel & confectionery, some fruit, a little tinge of alcohol, and a nice hoppy punch near the end. It's quite a sweet beer indeed.

MF - Medium carbonation that greatly enhances the taste with a superb body that's a pleasure to just roll around the mouth.

O - Very decent beer, one to return to again and again. (480 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (1,473 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (529 characters)

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An Brain Blásta from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.