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X-Ray - Brewfist

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BA SCORE
85
very good

19 Ratings
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Ratings: 19
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 8.68%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Italy

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: GONZALOYANNA on 06-22-2013)
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Reviews by beerdrifter:
Photo of beerdrifter
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked this up at a great little beer store in Arlon, Belgium, Miorge Mihoublon. Dark brown, nearly black pour with a quickly fading two finger caramel-colored head with minimal lacing. The nose is nutty, sweet, and boozey with hints of dark chocolate, vanilla, and roasted coffee. The taste is sweet and nutty with hints of licorice, cocoa, burnt toffee, bitter dark chocolate, vanilla, and some subtle dark fruits. The mouthfeel is rich and syrupy with medium carbonation and a bittersweet, slightly boozey, dry finish. Overall, another solid offering from BrewFist and an interesting interpretation of the style. I'd love to try this with some barrel aging on it.

beerdrifter, Sep 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

mikefuski17, Jul 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Bubbles, Dec 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

DrBier, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap. Flute glass. Enjoyed on apr´13. Dark brown color headed by beige crown. Froth shows fairly good retention & leaves some spots on sides. Toasted & roasted malt aromas, hints of cocoa & licorice to the nose. Flavors as expected from aromas, Medium to full body. Moderate to soft carbonation. Bitter chocolate hues in the middle linger into a long bitter & herbal finish. Roasted coffee notes on the aftertaste. Delightful.

GONZALOYANNA, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of MRsojourner
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

very dark appearance with a fluffy mocha head that sustains nicely.

smell is of powder chocolate and a hint of grass

taste is of chocolate and slightly fruity esters but leans more towards the chocolate and earthy hops initially with the dark fruits coming through in the finish.

mouthfeel is medium to full with adequate carbonation

overall I don't feel this is to "imperial" as the label suggest. The hops could be driven further in this beer to really drive home the imperial factor. not bad and fairly balanced but somehow not very striking.

MRsojourner, Jun 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

pin, Jan 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

weeare138, Jun 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Anatole, Feb 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

IPAchris, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of jdhilt
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger light tan head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Black color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Licorice and chocolate nose and flavor is baked chocolate, no yeast, higher ABV is hidden. $6.60 for a 330ml bottle from a Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

jdhilt, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The incredible taste of Porter comes to life in the strength of 8.5% abv. High chocolate, supportive coffee, and a nutty balance all in tact- you never see the elevated alcohol coming!

Deep and dark brown, the color of this malty ale is decidedly bark-like. Its creamy appearance is aided by a slow separation of froth from beer. Once done, a creamy whipped topping of off-white froth sits on the ale while an opaque and hazy beer lies beneath.

Equally as deep are the strong sultry aromas of bittersweet chocolate, nutty Columbian-type coffee and roasted walnuts. A backdrop of cream and vanilla supports the near roasty scent and gives the beer an impression of malted milk-ball candies.

To taste, its the sweetness of toffee and heavy whipping cream that greets the early palate. A quick follow of darker tastes ensue: coffee, chocolate, walnut and cocoa all might as well sing praises of brownies. That's except the woody bite from hops and a firm strike of alcohol leads to a spicy bitterness that's resoundingly ale-like.

Medium-full in body, the ale's creamy sweetness takes its own patient time massaging the taste buds. But eventually the carbonation subsides and the sweetness fades- leaving a velvety middle before concluding malty-dry and rummy-warmth in finish.

The Porter really takes on the same proportion and character of American Porters from start to finish, except for a heightened sense of warmth and spicy alcohol taste that pokes through the from time to time. If not told so, the ale is easily dismissed as a 5% example.

And about BrewFist: though not exactly daring in their recipe formulation or brewing technique, these guys are consistently good through and through!

BEERchitect, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of laituegonflable
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap as part of the Local Taphouse 'Dark Side of the Local' makeover.

Pours a dark brownish colour. Beige head, just a rim of bubbles. Lacing is good. Not bad.

Smells a bit boozey, and a bit smokey. Fair vanilla with chocolate but also brandy. Decent, but a bit big.

Tastes big, chocolatey, with a bit of banana to it. Vanilla paste and some rum on the back. Quite sweet and a little bit big, again, but pretty decent.

Feel a bit hot. Touch of fizz. OK I guess.

Not a bad big dark. Nice sweetness makes it quite palatable.

laituegonflable, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of Jeffo
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one at the De Molen beer shop in Bodegraven.

From a bottle into a snifter
Best before 30 May 2014
IBU: 60

APPEARANCE: Clear brown pour yields a two finger, medium-thin, fluffy, light tan head with decent retention. Clear bistre brown body with medium levels of carbonation. Head fades to a splotchy wisp that remains the whole way but leaves no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Burnt grains, burnt coffee, sweet cream, tobacco and some light chocolate on the nose. Medium strength.

TASTE: Dark grains, burnt coffee with some leather and tobacco up front. Big finish with burnt, bitter coffee, ash, tobacco and some sweet cream at the back end lingers nicely on the palate. Pretty good.

PALATE: Medium body with slightly higher levels of carbonation. A little light and airy on the palate, goes down okay and finishes a touch mouth-coating. It thickens and gets fuller as it stands.

OVERALL: Not bad, and one of the better Brewfist beers, though that's certainly not saying much. Some decent flavors and carbonation that doesn't offend. Not worth the price, but worth drinking if you get it for free.

Jeffo, Feb 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

little_star, Jul 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

samEBC, Sep 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Skiefer, Aug 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

BartMcStout, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of wl0307
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle; BB 28/02/14, served mildly chilled in a GuldenDraak’s short-stemmed tulip-shaped sniffer.

A: pours a nearly black colour, coming with a thin but well-lasting layer of dark khaki-froth and relatively quiet carbonation.
S: the rich and aromatic nuttiness precede the usual mixture for a RIS as in blacks dates, vanilla-ish dark chocolates, and treacle, while roasty & acidic elements are less pronounced comparatively. Winey and jammy fruits as well as black malts are both apparent, while influences from piney or earthy hops are also vividly felt in the floating aroma.
T: much lighter-bodied than most heavy stouts, the nutty and black-date-ish entry has a very decent aroma dusted with roasty hints here and there, featuring almost peanut-like nuttiness that renders the main body utterly enjoyable. Pleasantly bitter-sweet in the finish, which is not too thick or oily, while the sweet aroma as of Chinese grass jelly, “Xian-Cao”, lingers well and long in the finish.
M&O: quite light in body and easy to drink, this softly-carbonated and smooth RIS shows a light-weight charm on top of a decent malt bill throughout the drink.

wl0307, Nov 12, 2013
X-Ray from Brewfist
85 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.