Great Lakes Alberta Clipper - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 91
Hads: 365
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 17
Gots: 68 | FT: 2
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Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: irishmoss on 01-18-2006

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Reviews: 91 | Hads: 365
Photo of LCB_Hostage
2.68/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I went into this with really high hopes. I love raspberries, love chocolate, love beer and love Great lakes. They are one of those rare breweries that pretty much never turns out a loser. Until now. This one just doesn't work for me. Lots of raspberry on the nose and the palate. Some chocolate. And virtually no beer. It's thin and chemically and just totally unappealing. It pains me to say it, but this is one that should never have escaped the lab. (452 characters)

Photo of pat61
2.82/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

L: Pours dark brown with a thin, tinely bubbled tan foam collar.
S: Grain, not a lot of roast, some chocolate notes, and a laundry kind of aroma that turns out to be raspberries.
T: Grain, raspberry and chocolate have a medicinal, solventy, chemical taste to me.
F: Medium body and carbonation.
O: This is my least favorite beer from Great Lakes. The raspberry and chocolate don’t quite work for me. They do not work well together and initially had me thinking that the beer lines were infected. (502 characters)

Photo of hoagzzz
2.86/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not a huge fan of this one. Smell was borderline gross. Raspberries really come through but after taste was generally unpleasant. Something out of synch. (153 characters)

Photo of mrebeka
2.88/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass; decent looking porter. Not one of my favorite GLBC offerings. I've enjoyed other raspberry porters and stouts' but the flavoring in this is a tad artificial. Felt a little too thin overall as well. Expected much better from this one. (264 characters)

Photo of CaptCleveland
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz poured into GLBC pint glass at the venerable brewery.

Thin, off-white head, quickly dissipates. Not much lacing.

Powerful aroma of fruit, red berries, malt.

Thin, medium carbonated, cloying fruit, not much else.

Maybe it's the style, but I expected some chocolate and coffee tones mixed with the raspberries. But not much to write home about.

Now I'm not saying it's a bad brew, but for what it portends to be it is rather average. (441 characters)

Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.02/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark chocolatey, nearly black, in color. Looks fizzy, loud carbonation noticed that quickly settles into nothing. No head retention. Smells of sweet, tart fruits, mainly raspberries. Maybe some slight malt aromas picked up as well, but I'm not sure if I only convinced myself of that knowing the style.

Taste is flush of raspberries. Some sips I like it, others I do not. Definitely would not enjoy several of these in a row. Its thinner feeling than it looks, and thinner than it probably should be. It seems to taste more of a black raspberry ale than a porter brewed with raspberries. It doesnt taste bad, but there is not much about this beverage that remind me of a porter. (694 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Color is outstanding. Burnt caramel brown with good clarity and a ruby hue. Cocoa colored foam that fell fast. This drinks thinnish and a bit bubbly. Very fruity with raspberry and even tartness from it. Malt has roast but it needs to be bigger and bolder. There is caramel on the nose but it's lost on the palate. Chocolate is on the nose like an earthy sweetness. The finish is over carbonated and muddled without any distinct flavor except an earthy, albeit light peat. It's juicier than your average porter. It also finishes with a hop bitter that lingers with the fruit and a bit of the earthy roast. There is a light touch of alcohol. (653 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours very dark brown to black with some garnet hues when held to the light. A thin, creamy head lasts, leaving lacing.

The smell is of cocoa powder/dark chocolate with some raspberry juice. Slight roast.

The taste is of dark chocolate/cocoa with raspberry that comes across in a medicinal/chemical way.

On the lighter end of the porter spectrum. Alcohol is well-covered.

It's something of a novelty brew. One is enough. Not a bad porter - chocolaty - the fruit aspect needs some improvement. (496 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark brown color if not black with a fairly small tan colored head.

S- A lot like Ed Fitz but a light on the lighter side along with quite a bit of raspberries.

T- Follows the nose really well. Quite a bit of raspberries here and a good amount of sweetness to it.

M- Fairly light in body and pretty low in carbonation.

D- Going to go with average at best. I'm just not really digging the fruit in this beer or maybe I just expected something on par with Ed Fitz. (481 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

No matter what I rarely like fruit in my beer. This one ultimately too sweet, but definitely, a dessert beer.

A: Not much head or lace over a clear, deep, black coffee body.
S: Good, the best part, with a nice balance of coffee, chocolate, raspberry, toast, char.
T: Follows smell but the sweet raspberry and chocolate dominate far too much in my opinion. Slightly nutty, too sticky, candy. Almost too sweet to finish. No bitterness.

F: Coffee / malt like, but not that great a body weight or finish.
Pass. (513 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served on tap at the brewery into a standard pint glass.

nearly black, more of dark dark murky brown color. nice looking, creamy, light tan colored head with good retention and good lacing.

big raspberry aromas, with just a slight tartness. a little light roast and cocoa, but nothing really jumping out and saying "i was made with chocolate"

follows the aroma. raspberry at the forefront with a somewhat light porter base. a little more chocolate noticable than the aroma, light roast, a nice semi bitter finish and just a bit of tartness from the raspberries.

medium bodied, maybe comes off a little lighter because of the fruit and tartness. good feeling carbonation.

pretty much an average brewpub fruit porter. the raspberries taste a little artificial and its hard to even detect actual chocolate. i was maybe expecting more seeing as edmund fitz is such a winner. i wouldnt order another one of these, but i can see the mass apeal here. (949 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a dark brown color and a tan head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Raspberry syrup dominates the nose

Taste: Raspberry syrup with chocolate underneath; slightly bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Intriguing for the first few sips but ultimately too sweet; I couldn't finish the glass (371 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 10/7/15. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours dark brown with some ruby highlights, but it's ultimately very dark; small tan head that fades leaving little retention and not much lacing. The aromas are full of cocoa malts. Lots of chocolate. Some vanilla and caramel in the mix. The raspberry is subtle. The flavors are robust. Chocolate notes seem to shine. Lots of malts. Not too bitter and not too sweet. The raspberry notes are there, but don't dominate. I don't find this to be tart, which is personally fine with me. The raspberries are more of an accent. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with very active carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

Very solid offering from Great Lakes. They've been brewing this one for years, so it's nice to see it in bottles. (799 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: dark blackness small tight light head dissipated quickly

S: lots of raspberries soaked in chocolate and maybe some roasted malts but raspberries dominate

T: very raspberry upfront but its gone in a flash left with a muddled muted malt roast taste that is very faint being so overwhelmed by the raspberry

M: very carbonated but otherwise fairly watery

O: its just an ok beer. The raspberries are all over this but you really can't taste anything else the raspberries are so strong they mute out everything else (553 characters)

Photo of hwy61mb
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Great Lakes Brewing Company on 2/5/2011. This review is from notes.

I enjoyed this beer. It was very dark, with a reddish tint to the small head that dissipated somewhate quickly. The smell was chocolate and raspberry, like the description would suggest. It also smelled like roasted malt. The taste was similar to the smell, which was good, the raspberries really came through at first, and later on, I felt that the chocolate taste was stronger. This had a light feel, with a little carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer and comes recommended, but I had a pint of the Great Lakes Big Black Smoke afterwards, which completely knocked my socks off. (679 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Deep chestnut brown with red highlights. 1+ fingers of tan head. Good clarity with moderate carbonation.

Raspberry, caramel, and hints of semi-sweet chocolate.

Tart raspberries upfront with some roasty earthiness. Caramel, Cola, and light notes of cocoa nib that leave behind some bitterness.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, and semi-silky with moderate carbonation.

A quality Porter with the taste of authentic raspberry. Easy drinking and hides the abv well. (541 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Great Lakes Brewing in Cleveland, OH

A: Pours a clear but opaque very dark brown in color (almost black) with some light amounts of gentle visible carbonation near the surface of the beer and some dark amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall tan head that reduces rather quickly to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts with some very light notes of raspberry. There is also a light amount of chocolate aroma as well.

T: Light to moderate flavors of roasted malts upfront that are quickly overtaken by moderate flavors of dark bittersweet chocolate and some very light raspberry. Moderate amounts of bitterness hide the sweetness of the raspberry.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very light amounts of dryness throughout.

O: This was not as good of a dessert beer as I had hoped (I had researched some of the beers Great Lakes was pouring in the brewpub and this one sounded very interesting). I did not get the heavy notes of raspberry in the smell and taste, the raspberry was pretty muted in my serving. It was still a very nice porter and I enjoyed it. I found this one very easy to drink. (1,310 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a nice cap of tan foam
Aroma-Roasted coffee, chocolate not
Taste-Dark chocolate, caramel, tart raspberry. nicely blended and balanced. (156 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The taste that keeps Great Lakes Brewing on the craft beer map is that of porter. But just because the seasons turn to spring, doesn't mean that the darker, toastier and more robust porter flavor is no longer of service. With a kiss of raspberry, the dark beer is now a beacon for summer!

Laced with creamy, nearly moussey froth, the coffee hued beer beneath comes in dark brown and heavily translucent. Waves of aromas wash over the nose, first carrying the character of burnt toast and dark chocolate before a twinge of raspberry makes its mark. Embarking on taste, the flavor of malted milk balls, delicate campfire and chocolate frame the early palate.

But the middle reveals the more earthy components of both the beer and the fruit as coffee, nutty and tangy flavors begin to pang away at the tastebuds. Chocolate intensifies with cocoa and Columbian blend coffee seems to give off a bitter finish that's laden with roasting walnut and baker's chocolate. Raspberry flavor uses its pectin to help balance the malt as the finish hastens with a more drinkable tone.

Medium-full on the mouth, the creamy, milky and somewhat yogurt-like malt structures keeps the beer silky and smooth. The coffee-like bitterness becomes assertive and the tannins from fruit offer a hint of sourness for a complex and surprisingly refreshing finish. (1,336 characters)

Photo of fscottkey
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [3.50] (Growler pour) Pours a dark black color with a 1/2 finger of an head. I don't see much light at the edges. The beer leaves nice lacing after each sip.

S: [3.75] The nose has a nice raspberry note to it. There are also hues of chocolate and roasted malts.

T: [3.75] The taste follows the nose. There is a nice balance of raspberry and hints of chocolate. There is also a buttery feel that also comes across in the taste.

M: [3.75] There is a medium body and a smoothness to the beer that is nice.

O: [3.75] Got this on a growler fill last night. Should have rated it last night (it lost some carbonation). I am not a fan of raspberry - but this one is still good because it doesn't overdo it. It is a solid stout/porter with raspberry and chocolate notes to accent it. (789 characters)

Photo of hardysf
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a decent brew. The raspberry and vanilla flavors dominate this beer. I did not pick up much chocolate flavor. It is a bit thin, but probably close to on par with the style. The raspberry comes through even more as the beer warms. (241 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-sampled 52F.

A: Bready textured dark tan head of one inch has a raspy-burgundy colored pour appearing dark black in the vessel. Micro-gold beads of effervesce creeps up the glass. Lacing is spongy, thick, and of very good coverage rate.

S: Aroma of fresh raspberries makes their presence known upon the pour. Tart, almost wine like aroma, with a small background of vanilla creamer, yogurt and sweet cocoa.

T: The flavor followed the nose, bit tartness of raspberries, bread and dry cocoa. Raspberry yogurt has a big presence here. Dry chocolate covered raspberries, with a light dry milkiness.

M: Bubbly mouthful, tart, dry, creamy and edgy.

O: The raspberries have a big presence while still maintaining a good balance in proportion of the porter quality. Tart, slightly acidic, dry. (796 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - dark as night with a tan head and slippery lacing
Smell - sweet raspberries with a little dark chocolate
Taste - slight raspberry and chocolate with a little toast
Feel - medium lite body, needs more
Overall - it's alright but nothing special (249 characters)

Photo of MrDanno96
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at the brewpub.

A: Poured black with about a finger of light tan head. Lots of foamy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Roasted malt and subtle notes. Maybe just a hint of raspberry, but I could just be fooling myself.

T/M: Fairly complex and very smooth with a medium body. Bitter sweet chocolate up front gives way to bitter roasted malt in the finish. The raspberry adds slight sweetness throguhout and a subtle acidic sourness in the finish. The 7% is hidden very well.

O: a solid, tasty beer. Not as good as some of GL's other pub only offerings, but very good nonetheless. (607 characters)

Photo of Spider889
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery after the BA Blackout Stout release.

Arrived in a pint glass. Black with a sudsy head. Decent retention but leaves amazing lace.

Smells muted. Very faint raspberry greens and mild roasted malt.

The flavor is great though. The first sip is like a dry Edmund Fitzgerald at first. Char and roast with some slight coffee undertones come through. The comes a cool smooth fresh raspberry flavor. Sweet and a nice addition to the beer with the chocolate - reminded me of fruit pie with whipped cream.

Chalky mouthfeel, but it drinks soft and easy.

Overall this was much better than I was expecting. For what it is I really like it and would happily drink it again. (684 characters)

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