Hans Across The Water | Sherbrooke Liquor Store

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Sherbrooke Liquor Store
Alberta, Canada

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by biboergosum on 07-29-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of biboergosum
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1.5L magnum, 26 bucks - a somewhat overbearing packaging choice. This includes a crazily difficult to remove cork enclosure for this endeavor, which is a semi-political polemic brew made in passive protest, referencing the ongoing spat over ownership between the Danish and Canuckian governments over a god-forsaken square mile of frozen rock between Ellesmere Island and Greenland. Anyways, to the beer, which is represented on the very broad label by the brewer, one Martin Jensen of Ugly Duck Brewing, pouring a bottle Michelangelo-style, to Jim, the purchasing manager of Sherbrooke Liquor store, who has been rendered to look a hell of a lot like Walter White, aka Heisenberg of Breaking Bad heritage.

Anyways, this beer pours a solid black abyss, with the slightest of basal cola edges, only apparent, of course, when backlit, and a thin cap of wispy beige head, whose temporary moment in time is no more than that - it disappears almost as soon as it appears, leaving no trace of itself in terms of any expected lace.

It smells of mildly roasted chocolate malt, somewhat sharp cold coffee grounds, a twinge of caramel sweetness (one which fulfills the lingering Coffee Crisp association), kind of hard to discern earthy vanilla bean, and mild musty hops. The taste is more softly toasted, somewhat grainy caramel malt, with a saucy dose of bittersweet chocolate, earthy, complex indie cafe coffee, and some prominent, but heretofore overshadowed zingy, tropical fruit and subtly citrus-tinged hoppiness. Very, very little evidence of the 10% alcohol at this point.

The carbonation is predictably quite tame, hardly raising any hackles at all, the body a rather sturdy medium weight, and really quite smooth, the normally interfering bubbles and hops distracted, off elsewhere peddling their wares. It finishes well off-dry, the coffee notes very slowly petering out, and the cocoa-friendly malt holding quite steady amongst some lingering bitter leafy and fruity hops.

A stand-up big-boy, Imperial coffee porter, and as this slightly off-base style doesn't yet exist yet on BA, I have chosen the most sensible and geographically-appropriate selection for such a behemoth. The 20-proof booze just barely presents itself at this late juncture, and in slight, timid blips, so I must declare this a win, in that it is indeed a drinkable (with full over-indulgence caveats) version of the agreeably muddled style. Not to mention the increasingly insane serving vessel, which seems to thumb its nose at the lack of those useful, normally wine-specific next-day enclosures.

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4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1500ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 5/2/13

A black liquid with a deep cola edge when tilted to the light, two fingers of mocha foam quickly falls and leaves just the one ring but its thick and sticks out from the glass. I see a bit of cork floating in the glass but considering how large the cork actually is I'm surprised there's not more

S cold coffee, caramel, and vanilla come out first followed by a little plum, coco, faint booze and even a little citrus.

T more fruit and coffee in the mouth with some faint char I didn't find on the nose, tastes good and the roasts a little darker in the mouth, some faint smoke and licorice come out as it warms

M light bodied for the color, not a whole lot of bubbles but enough to move things around, no heat and a lingering coffee finish

O the booze is well hidden and It's pretty easy to drink considering its 10%, pretty solid version of the style but the 1500ml format is slightly inconvenient if you don't like your friends

I was going to save this for a tasting but I'm broke with a day off before payday and want a drink so here we are getting buzzed off a single I had hiding in the closet. I like this brew but its quite the commitment opening 1.5L on your own, that being said I'm up for the challenge

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Photo of andrenaline
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Props to joemcgrath27 for carting this beast all the way to Thunder Bay...

A - Pours pitch black with two thumbs of dark mocha head, solid retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Dark fruits, raisins, musty cocoa, burnt sugar.

T - Much like the nose, heavy dose of dark fruits followed by a solid dark cocoa malt backbone. Booze is nowhere to be found, likely mellowed from the aging.

M - Surprisingly light, incredibly smooth and nice and wet on the finish.

O - Delicious brew that aged well, insanely drinkable and super stoked I got to try it.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aged for over a year
A - pitch black, thick creamy mocha head, retained fantastic
S - dark fruits, chalky cocoa and light alcohol sweetness
T - dark fruits, coffee, cocoa, malty with light leather
M - relatively light for the look, sweet and wet finish
O - fantastic brew, so tasty, need another magnum!

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 1.5 L green bottle, caged and corked. This stuff seems to have been a long time coming to these parts, as 2010 was the original ETA for it. Anyways, this is the first internationally produced contract beer for Sherbrooke, commissioned with Martin Jensen who was the founder of the Raasted Brewery in Denmark., who has now moved on to the Ugly Duck collaborative brewery.

As was previously mentioned the cork is an absolute pain in the ass to remove, so be prepared for that. Pours out a dense pitch black opaque hue, with a tall loose-bubble foamy mocha head that settles slowly, decent retention in the interim.

Intense coffee aroma, though it's soft and rounded in character. Some roasted malt and mild vanilla can also be detected. Pretty straight forward all in all.

Intense coffee and roasted malt up front in the flavour, coffee builds even more into the middle with stronger, sharper notes, and drying out a bit, while things sweeten up and soften out on the finish with a character or mocha and some sweet vanilla that tends to coat the lips. Straight coffee grounds linger strongly in an extended aftertaste.

Considering the extra ingredients added the mouthfeel holds its own and delivers considerably well. Full bodied mouthfeel, smooth and somewhat silky texture, there is some heft to the body that certainly makes this one a sipper, medium carbonation that is augmented by the general fullness of the overall package.

This is an investment in more than one manner. Grab a friend or two before tackling this behemoth, or if you're going to go it alone, pick a day off and start early. Maybe choose to buy it with a friend or two as well, while this is reasonably priced for the volume, it's still a heftier price tag than most single bottles. No regrets here on this end, this is a very approachable and drinkable porter, not overly complex, but holds its own on its own merits. I'll probably stock up on a couple more for the cooler months to come, and to pull out when company is over.

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1.75/5  rDev -53.5%

Hans Across The Water from Sherbrooke Liquor Store
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 6 ratings