Viven Smoked Porter - Brouwerij Van Viven
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3.3/5 rDev -16.2%
On-tap at Beachwood Brewing
Dark brown color with an off-white head. Moderate smokiness on the nose with roasted malt, a touch of toasted nuts, and some coffee. Maybe a hint of chocolate on the nose. The flavor is sort of watery. A touch salty and nutty along with the smoke. Mild meatiness. A little bit of bread flavor, too. Not really very impressive.
08-04-2012 20:00:12 | More by womencantsail
4.19/5 rDev +6.3%
Pours nearly black except for some dark brown through out the glass when held to the light,a great looking thick beige head atop that left multiple rings of broken lace as it settled into a frothy mass.Smoke and a tinge of iron starts out the nose, a light molasses element as well to give it a little sweetness, but it's still quite dry.The smoke is on the lighter side flavor wise with some unsweetened chocolate and brown sugar flavors coming into play.As the beer warms the sweetness is magnified and it gets a little sticky but the sweetness is never to big.A really nice smoked porter,all the flavors come together really well.
03-01-2013 23:02:19 | More by oberon
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this one.
A - dark brown with a thin brown head that has little retention
S - roasted malts, hickory smoke
T - roasty, woody, smoky, faint chocolate
M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated
This is a pretty decent beer. It has an intense smokey aroma and flavor but it also has a solid malt character that matches nicely. It's easily drinkable and there's little palate fatigue. I'll definitely try to have this again.
06-17-2012 02:17:34 | More by tdm168
4.13/5 rDev +4.8%
11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch frothy tan head that stays around a while. There's a good amount of lacing, too. The aroma is very nice, it smells like smoked meats/malt, chocolate, and some burnt/charred malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but it's not quite as smoky. It tastes like smoked malts/meat, bittersweet and milk chocolate, burnt/charred malt, and some coffee. There's also a smoky and burnt/ashy bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and slick with a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a good brew, I'll have to try some of the other Viven brews now! $3.99 a bottle.
06-14-2012 22:51:42 | More by bluejacket74
4.04/5 rDev +2.5%
On tap at the Bavarian Lodge - Lisle, IL
L - black with a tan head
S - smoked malt, molasses, faint fruit and chocolate
T - smoky, rich, fruity, chocolaty, caramel
F - medium body, sweet and sticky
O - good smoked porter. I was hoping for a more prominent Belgian aspect with yeast, but it was pretty standard as far as smoked porters go.
02-01-2014 05:10:43 | More by barnzy78
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
Pours a deep, dark, near black with creamy cap of khaki froth. Leads with moderate notes of smoke before roasted malts, chocolate and light fruityness present themselves. Smoke note muted in taste, solid malt profile with heavy roasty, avoiding char, nice fruityness blends with chocolate and coffee notes, earthy. Medum bodied, smooth with a touch of grainyness. Solid smoked porter which could use a touch more of the smoke.
07-30-2012 14:13:43 | More by rfgetz
3.93/5 rDev -0.3%
11.2 oz. quite a dark pour, a thin layer, pretty much just a ring of very light tan.
Aroma, dry cocoa and roast malt. Some charry smokey notes/
Taste, a faint tart plum up front, quickly goes to dark chocolate and roast malt. Some coffee and big cocoa finish. A little earthy anise. Smoked malt, if there is any, is very mild.
A little lighter in body and a slightly above average carbonation make this seem a little thin, but it coats ok. Drinks very easy as well. Alcohol is quite hidden.
Advertised as a smoke beer by the label, but really just a nice porter. Would get again.
10-28-2012 01:23:31 | More by Bung
3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
750ml, Rare Beer Club selections May '12
DFH Signature Glass (split between two people)
A: Pours a deep black color from the initial appearance. But then you see some reddish hues around the edges as it thins. Two full fingers of tight bubbled frothy head. Not a ton of alcohol feet as its lower ABV. There are some lacing bits.
S: Really mild smoke note. Nothing to agressive. Some chocolate hints. Maybe some char, roasted notes. Espresso. Maybe some plum.
T: Dark chocolate bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Then you get some nice roasted smoke character. Mild, nothing artificial. You get lot of dark chocolate. It's very smooth for a smoked beer.
M: Medium bodied. Not quite full. Very carbonated, helps make it more drinkable
06-18-2012 15:06:06 | More by inlimbo77
Viven Smoked Porter from Brouwerij Van Viven
87 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.