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Beadeca's Well | Thornbridge Brewery

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Beadeca's WellBeadeca's Well

Brewed by:
Thornbridge Brewery
United Kingdom (England)

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by CwrwAmByth on 12-28-2012

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 55
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Photo of stephenlee
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BGDrock
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: molasses brown, dark and glossy, pouring a full hazelnut head that's dense and has good retention

Aroma: chocolate and smoke, vanilla

Taste & Mouthfeel: a beautiful blend of chocolate and peat, the latter trailing through the finish, leaving tendrils of smoke right until you go for the next sip - but not over-powering; dark chocolate flavour is rich and slightly bitter, and complimented by a full, satiny mouthfeel it makes for a luxurious feel

Overall: a porter with a wonderful balance of vibrant flavours, a delight for winter, and easy drinking; open up the barbecue and get some nice char on a steak to go with this, maybe with some charred vegetables marinated in citrus

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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of schmidtmattsays
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mick_cooper
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bit disappointing for what it could be. Drab-ish and flat.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of GregaR
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a black color porter with a nice light brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt notes with some very subtle smoked flavours is OK. Taste is a mix of roasted malt notes with subtle smoked flavours and some light coffee notes. Body is light with good carbonation. Not bad but didn’t really stand out either.

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Photo of Adsfadsfaids
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle purchased from LCBO, poured into stemmed IPA glass. Best before date of 8/24/16. Consumed 9/8/16.

A: Very nearly black. Huge head, although thin, with good retention. Nice lacing.

S: Sweet, dark fruit like plums or figs. light smoke in the back of my nose as I pull the glass away.

T: Although light, smoke hits right in the center of your palette, followed by and complimenting the strong malt character. Nice hop contrast. Slight spice as it swirls in my mouth, and a very un-fruitlike grapefruity note on the finish. That said, it's difficult to pull any one thing out of this beer. It's a little overwhelming. It's not a mess, but it's definitely a challenging beer.

M: I'd say this beer was pretty big. Not oatmeal stout big, but it definitely had some body to it. It was smooth and silky despite the decent level of carbonation.

O: I like this beer. I bought the only two bottles the LCBO had in mid April, and this was the second of the two. Like I said, the taste is a little bit confusing. The flavours marry quite well, but as a result it's difficult to isolate them. In addition, the hop note I get is a little too strong, the smoke character too weak, and the carbonation too intense for what I personally expect from this beer. As my intro to smoked beer, I'm led to believe that there are better examples of the style out there. Overall, although confusing, it's good. Not perfect, but it's good.

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Photo of parintele
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Timmy13T
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of liamt07
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IronTom
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Black bodied with good thick tobacco smoke stain coloured thick head
Smells like good coffee with hints of cigar
flavour is likewise
slightly thin mf but only slightly
subtly smoky

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Photo of Mousel
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thehyperduck
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Aug 24 2016 and served at cellar temperature.

Pours an opaque brownish-black colour, initially capped off with nearly two fingers of frothy, creamy light beige-coloured head. It wilts gradually but steadily over the next five minutes, give or take, with the added courtesy of a good swath of sticky lace being deposited on its way downward. A modest collar and bubbly film remain on the surface; looks good to me, and the aroma is similarly inviting. It gives off a good whiff of peated malt and wood smoke, with accompanying notes of molasses, toffee and chocolate integrating nicely. Subtle suggestions of prune and fig, but the smoke and dark malts definitely take centre stage.

Approachable as these sorts of beers go - the porter itself is robust enough to stand up to the smoke, and everything blends together into a nice, balanced equilibrium. Notes of dark, bready malt, toffee and chocolate combine with some faint dark fruit flavours - I'm still leaning towards prune/plum and fig, but no matter. Hints of coffee and molasses on the back end that are overshadowed by burnt wood and smoke. Finishes earthy, woody and slightly leafy, with the aftertaste drying out quickly. Light-medium in body, with light carbonation levels and a soft, smooth mouthfeel that feels just right. This is very well-made and an absolute pleasure to drink.

Final Grade: 4.05, an A-. Beadeca's Well is a superb smoked beer; one of those rare ones where drinking several in a row might not seem like a tiresome endeavour. The peated malt imparts a significant smokiness, but it's still an order of magnitude (or two) less intense than your typical rauchbier, so there's no reason I'd object to another glass of this smoked porter, given its low abv and mostly-balanced flavour profile. Probably not the best Thornbridge product I've tried, but still a solid one that is worth picking up, given the opportunity to do so.

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Photo of dcguitar
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of KG710
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of portwood
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: smoked meat, toffee, semi-sweet chocolate, brown sugar. Taste: coffee, burnt toast, silky smooth mouth feel. Finish: earthy/peaty, caramel, dry finish, with mild hoppy bitterness.
(bottle bb 08/24/16)

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Photo of leitmotif
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of windypete
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle served at cellar temperature into a pint glass. Purchased from the LCBO for $4.60 CDN.

Appearance - Pours a very dark brown colored beer, with garnet hues when instesely scrutinized in the light. A finger of fluffy tan head is poured and retention is modest leaving behind a thin film on top of the beer and some minor streaks of lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell - Roasty, but subdued. Some earthy elements, with faint hints of smoke and a mention of coffee.

Taste - Starts bitter with a coffee and peat flavor up front before some smoke finally kisses your mouth. A faint fruity flavor kicks in momentarily on the backside adding a little to the complexity. Overall finish is quite smokey and slightly wooden tasting.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and nicely carbonated, body is thinner than you' expect, but about right for a light porter.

Overall - Certainly a very good beer, and for those who love subtlety Beadeca's Well does it better than most. Only problem was that I was looking for just a little more smoke, and I think this could be a great beer. Still nice interplay between the smoke, coffee and wood.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of polloenfuego
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Beadeca's Well from Thornbridge Brewery
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