Porter Boom | Pardubický pivovar a.s.

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Pardubický pivovar a.s.
Czech Republic

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-11-2002

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 31
Reviews by DagFishHead:
Photo of DagFishHead
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark cherry-mahogany body. Voluminous bubbly tan head subsides to a 1/4" dollopy cap with creamy lace.
Smell: Smells exactly like toasted sweet brown bread (you know, the kind that comes in a can). Lots of sweet toffee malt, molasses, raisins, roasty notes.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Lush, full-bodied sweet malt, brown sugar and molasses up front. Top is creamy, slick with dark plums, prunes, raisins. Soothing alcohol warmth and moderate carbonation tingle. Finishes quite dry with bitter hopping and burnt fruity sugars in the aftertaste.
Drinkability: Very enjoyable. This is as sweet as Sinebrychoff is dry. Try both to see the extremes in style. For me, this one wins.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jackndan
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Porter Boom: Nice brown beer, with some clarity when held to a very bright light. The head is a very nice coffee and cream color, with nice staying power. The aroma is fairly powerful, and noticeable right out of the bottle. The aroma is fairly standard for a porter, there is a slight dried fruit aroma, with strong caramel malts as well.

The taste is very nice, with more than a little chocolate tastes, followed by dried fruits raisons/prunes and dried apples. Actually this is more than a little complex, as there are hints of coffee/toffee and brown sugar there as well. Clearly, this is a malt likers beer, but it does clean up very quickly with a smallish dose of hops, and there is relatively small amount of aftertaste.

Light in body, and easy to drink for a porter. All in all, a fairly nice beer, and one that is an absolute steal at $1.29 a bottle.

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Photo of Imbiber
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle purchased at an Eastern European deli in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

On opening the bottle, it couldn't contain itself with foam bubbling out. This initial burst faded quickly though. When poured, it turned out to be a fairly docile dark ruby red brew with a white fading head. Aroma was mainly cocoa and vine fruits, with a vineous introduction on the palate. Hints of molasses and some chocolate notes added to the experience, which led through to a fruity, quite rich finish.

Very pleasant, though slightly too sweet for me to want a session on this. An ideal beer to match with a chocolate pudding.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours black with ruby highlights and a large light brown head.
Nose shows light roasted malt, vegemite and liqourice. That vegemite is a bit full on.
Better flavours, not as much vegemite. Plenty of sweet caramel and toffee, liqourice and soft roasted notes. Very sweet.
More carbonation would be better.

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Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body of this beer is a lightly glossy black and it holds a frothy, thumb thick, tan head that is mostly lasting.

The aroma holds molasses, stewed raisins, hearty bread grains and mild licorice and caramel.

Very light malty, molasses influenced first sip. The mouthfeel thickens toward the finish becoming creamy about the same time prune and raisin flavors develop. There is also more of that hearty grain flavor that suggests a filling sweet bread spiked with molasses and raisins for sweetness. There is a silky roundness to what is essentially not a very thick beer that makes it feel fuller than it is. As it warms the finish takes on cooked sweet cherry/marzipan notes that add the suggestion of candy hardness to the finish. A very subtle beer this that keeps challenging you as you sio at it. Very nice.

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Photo of Padron4KM
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle.

Pours a dark mohagony with a hot chocolate tan head. Head disapates rather quickly and leaves just a little lacing.

Aroma is rum like (brown sugar, molasses) with some dark fruits (raisin, prune, fig).

Flavor is roasty, bitter chocolate, sweeet dark fruit, with a slight bitter, very warming alcohol finish.
Boom I think means, you drink all of this you go boom. :-]
But at $2.19 a bottle the QPR(quality/price ratio) is very high.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Boboski: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a nice own foamy head with average retention. Aroma of black chocolate malt. Taste is a mix between some black chocolate with some limited sweetness and a dry finish which is more or less pleasant. Body is slightly above average with some medium carbonation. The dry finish leave me a bit perplex but still an interesting take on a style that I don’t experience often enough.

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Photo of scooter231
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boom! Love the name. Pours a dark, dark brown color with very little head. Smell is raisiny, sweet. Pretty straightforward. Taste is again raisiny but not as sweet as it smells. There's a lovely tartness and bitterness in here that balances it all well.

Mouthfeel is smooth and smoky, very nice. Quite drinkable- alcohol is very sneaky and hidden.

On a side note, I think I prefer this to Trappistes Rochefort 10. And at less than 2 dollars for this guy, and a whole lot more for the Trappistes... hey, grab this instead. Boom!

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Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color and poured with a thin beige head.
S: There are aromas of sweet, roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and somewhat complex; it has flavors of malty sweetness and raisins along with some hints of spices.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and viscous on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol.
D: This beer is a slow sipper but is good for the winter months. There is no way that I could have more than one of these at a time.

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Photo of StevieW
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Basic gold foil label with a red seal and "Porter Boom" on the front. Deep shiny dark brown or black color. Reddish purple tinge to the edges. Dense foamy full tan head. Smell was a deep mocha chocolate espresso mix. Very mellow and inviting. Tasted was every bit as appealing. Reminded me of a Rogue Mocha Porter. Creamy, smooth chocolate or mocha flavors. Milk Chocolate smoothness. Subtle hop presence toward the end, thin bitterness lingers. Booming hop burps. Full bodied, very smooth. A real treat. Right at the top of my list of Porters. Hats off to the belgiumbum for tipping me off to this one.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brownish body with a thin off-white head. Aroma is chocolatey, rich, bold, earthy, peaty, with soy sauce notes. Taste is chocolatey and earthy, but seems more subdued than the aroma. Mild bitterness in the finish, not much else happening besides the tpical roastiness. Medium-bodied and just lacking some complexity to be of great interest.

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Photo of marc77
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear deep burgundy hue when held to light. Thin, but well retained light fawn head manages spotty foam. The aroma is comprised of dominant toffeeish sweetness with secondary notes of lightly burnt black malt and cocoa dusted underripe fig. Relatively clean, but a touch tame aromawise. Brief snap of milk chocolate sweetness in flavor is ensued and complemented by an persistent impression of prune caramelized in Demerara sugar. Toffeeish melanoidins surface mid palate, and compete for dominance with the mellow black patent bitterness and mild chocolate malt character. Hop bitterness is paltry, non descript, but adequately serves to offset residual sweetness and provide balance. Lightly bodied overall, with a mouthfeel a notch above thin partially due to the high apparent attenuation. Finishes mostly dry, with toasty Munich and quickly fleeting date like sweetness. Porter Boom is a enjoyable, albeit odd brew. If you can't decide between a doppelbock and a porter, this is the beer for you. Despite its indecisive nature, Boom is dangerously drinkable and surprisingly light on the palate. Thanks for Jaybeerman for sending the bottle.

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Photo of Charthepirate
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A powerful, sweet baltic porter. Poured dark with a nice, billowing dark head.

Smell of alchohol and chocolate.

Flavor tastes strongly of chocolate malts. It's very sweet and thick in the mouth. Mild taste of coffee hiding in the background. Small bitterness of hops keep the beer from Cloying. Peppery alchohol rounds the whole package.

Feels thick in the mouth, just a touch of carbonation to keep in interesting.

First Baltic porter I've ever had and I loved it.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big tan head sits atop a very dark brown, near black body that is still translucent. Smell has a lot of grassy malt, a little bit of chocolate/roasted malts. Taste is sweet, with grassy malt and some roasted malts. The 8% is nowhere to be found, hidden behind sweetness. Not a bad baltic porter, and one of the better beers I have had fromt he region.

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Photo of endless1408
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Suds
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a slightly red tinge, this beer sports a menacing head. The cap popped with explosive effervescence. Not much to the aroma, certainly not the roasted malt that I love in a porter. There, however, is a faint maltiness and doughiness, combined with a touch of alcohol. The taste is extremely sweet and malty. It almost borders on sugary, and at times reminds me of dark malt extract. It’s creamy, with a little alcohol warming and dark, ripe fruit flavors that appear in the mid and hind-taste. The beer dries out a touch by the finish, but still is quite sweet. It’s notably good, and fairly drinkable.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed at the Brickskeller in DC. Pours a murky almost coffee brown with about a half inch of head that dissipates somewhat quickly. This beer isn't quite a porter, not quite an imperial stout. Its a very complex, malty, roasty brew that actually reminds me somewhat of Hakim Stout of Ethiopia (a very underrated beer I might add). Flavors are of chocolate, roasted malt, a bit of vanilla, some brown sugar and perhaps some spice of some sort (can't quite put my finger on it). A bit thin in the mouth, but a very smooth beer nonetheless. I will definintely have this again.

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Photo of shippos
1.58/5  rDev -59.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured with a very lively tannish head with a dark ruby brown color.
the aroma smells like freshly milled grain with some salty-worchestshire sauce and hints of sweet sugaryhints in the background. sweet, too sweet, almost taste like...yup...unferemented wort, with some astringent grainy taste.
Not much Co2 at all and once you get past the worty taste it's not a thick as I thought it would be. Absolutly no hops detected at all, definetly could have used some. I definetly agree with another BA's comment about using this as a marinade, it's the only thing I think I'm gonna do with the rest of 6'er I got.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep burgundy color.Nice light head on top.Aroma of chocolate and a slight malty odor.A pleasant sweetness up front with notes of chocolate and perhaps coffee.A full bodied beer but not overly "big".The 8% is not at all evident.A very pleasant beer from the land of Pils-this makes a nice change coming from the Czech Republic.

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Photo of TripelJ
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

**Reviewing from notes--orginally sampled 7/25/2003

Now Quaffing: Porter Boom

Pours a deep brown with a moderate tan, fluffy head. Aromas are sweet malts and maybe some fruit--plumbs. First sip is sweet and a little tangy with a slightly metallic taste in the backend. The metal disappears quickly and is replaced by some subdued hops and a light almond flavor. Mouthfeel is full bodied and very smooth. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and lingers for a while after each sip. This somewhat reminded me of the D. Carnegie porter with the "sweet/sour" presentation of malts and hops--very nice.

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Photo of dionisio
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was one of my earliest favorite beers, and the beer that really started me on porters. I used to get this at Circle Liquors when I went to TCNJ, but then they stopped carrying it (just leaving an empty space in their fridge where it used to be, for like a year). I've never seen this again :(

It is extremely dark and feels rather sticky and pretty sweet. It's a very enjoyable way to get yourself drunk. I would drink 2 500ml of these in college, purchased for $1.60 each, and that would put me in a pretty good place drunkwise.

I eventually ended up concluding that Zywiec Porter was a superior porter. I'm a fan of neat, very well integrated beers, and Zywiec is smoother and more refined tasting than Boom. Boom is a little bit messy in comparison. But I would still love to get a hold of some of these again.

Definitely give this a try if you see it.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strange beer. Ugly, non-descript bottle, and reminds much more of a dark ale (kind of like Abita turbo dog?) Thin, and no significant expresso or chocolate notes that I'm used to in a Porter. Labels aside, this is an enjoyable, easy to drink beer with quite a kick to it! Certainly unique, and worth trying. Pours quite dark, significant head and some lace. Some sweetness, but not much. Check out (no pun intended) Czech "extra boom" also. Also quite unusual.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a very dark brown with super deep ruby fragments inside, large billowing head grew with strength to over two fingers high of tannish thick fluff, lulls into a rocky topped lighter tan as it wanes down slowly to a solid skim and lacing in moth-holed sheets at first but eventually breaking away during consumption.

Aroma is nice and malty with a good load of dark fruits of raisin and plum, with figs intertwined over a dark toffee richness. Touches of roastyness, cocoa, and light coffee appear as it warms. A very rich and eloquent fruitfulness with inticing subtleties.

Taste has some soft cloying sweet chewy toffee upfront that dissolves away into a dark fruit potpourri of raisin, plum, and fig that has a little crispened roasty/smoked twinge on top leveling off to a sweet play of maltyness with more toffee and bits of caramel, molasses, and cocoa ending with a little crisp finish leaving trails of a slightly burnt sweetness behind. Actually seems to gain some strength towards the finish. A nice little effect.

Feel is thick, smooth and somewhat silky with a favorable malty creamyness and sweet twang thats solid in medium body and seems to get a bit more full towards the end. Nice.

A very good baltic porter no doubt, much like a dopplebock - and there ain't nothin' wrong with that. A yummy little treat. Gotta thank Steorn (Steve) for pointing this one out while shopping at Blue Max, thanks man, good pick!

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

With a name like Porter Boom, how can one resist?
I certainly coud not.
And at, like, $1.29 for an imperial pint I thought it pretty hard to go wrong.
I was right.
This was one of the best deals on a beer I have ever gotten.
I'd have spent $4 or $5 and still have been happy with this brew.
As baltic porters go, the only real flaw I could find with this was that the mouthfeel was a bit watery. The 8% alcohol goes undetected.. a little smokey a little raisiny, sweet roasty toasty malts...
Very, very smooth.
This one is a no brainer.
Try it on for size.

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Photo of steorn
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark czech beer,says malt liquor on the label.In the glass its mahogany with a finger of tan head.
Rich roasty malt fills the nose.Smells very fresh for an import.Lively.
Take a sip and you know this is a strong beer.Alcohol hit turns sweet and then the malt promised in the nose.Not quite as heavy of a mouthfeel as I expected,but it fits the taste well.
Mellowing a little as you go,nice malt,easy to drink.Boom!
Czech brewers can make more than pilseners.

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