Birra Del Borgo Re Porter | Birra Del Borgo

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Birra Del Borgo Re PorterBirra Del Borgo Re Porter

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Birra Del Borgo

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by biegaman on 12-04-2006

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by Dentist666:
Photo of Dentist666
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Re Porter (not Ke To) ABV 5,2
Pours dark maroon/black cloudy beer with tan half-finger head, no laces at all. Crisp citrus and prune aroma, tints of yeast, herbal hop and disappointing taste... Sour prunes, a bit chocolate and tobacco (although it's not Ke To), medium carbonation - interesting but sore sour for me. I awaited more from this beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tekk9
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The bottle this beer comes in is great. It is very distinctive. It pours out a very dark brown and has very little carbonation. A thin lace sticks around the top of the glass. Aromas of dark malts and chocolate are noticeable, but nothing is overpowering. I can definitely taste tobacco from the first sip. It is not too much though as I can pick up some maltiness, a hint of chocolate, and even some hopiness at the end. A wonderful palate of beers. All and all the beer has a wonderful mouthfeel. It has substance without bee too thick. It is a little dry at the end. This beer is rich given the tobacco, and has some strong flavors to keep that in check, but it is not too much. An interesting beer and a great porter.

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Photo of Suds
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brewery makes two versions of their porter, a typical robust porter and one flavored with tobacco. This is is a review of the non-tobacco'ed porter.
It pours with characteristic blackness and a dense tan head. Wonderful aroma of black malts and a little roasted grain. Lots of roasted and slightly charred sensations. The flavor is full of similar qualities...malt sweetness, roasty bitterness, a little chocolate and charcoal. Nice. The only problem is in the body, which is a little too thin and watery. The beer could stand to have some more heft. There's a nice hop bitterness that supports, and lingers into, the finish. All in all, this one is quite good.

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Photo of jonb5
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Half pint at the Rake.

A: Dark, opaque, small fading taned head, lacing faded.

S: faint molasses.

T: fudge, espresso, raisin, fig, brown sugar.

M: silky, crisp body, light texture.

O:Best thing was body and the feel of the beer, would have liked a tiny bit more depth but in general a very good beer.

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Photo of biegaman
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a very fascinating 750ml bottle. Label claims it to be brewed with fresh Kentucky tobacco! Only from Italy...
Pours rather flat, black in colour with softer grey and reddish brown overtones. A few bubbles lay atop. Aroma is a little less than favourable. Full of tobacco, quite filling and rich with an off balance roast. A considerably layered flavour. Again plenty of tobacco, but also rich, dark chocolat, toasty malts, black licorice and enough water to balance them out before becomming too overpowering. The tobacco though is really gum-smacking! A little bit the experience of talking to someone who just had a cigarette and their breath stinks... only not quite as offensive. I found it a neat beer. As someone who has never tried smoking, nor chewing tobacco, I may have slightly different judgement, but I found this to be one hell of a guilty pleasure! Every sip I was both offended, but gratified.

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Photo of corby112
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber/dark copperish golden amber color with lots of visible carbonation bubbles and a frothy, pillowy off-white head that very slowly fades leaving large chunks of soapy lacing throughout the glass.

Sweet citrus aroma with floral hops and a lot of citrus fruit notes. Grapefruit, lemon peel, orange peel and slightly piney and earthy hop notes.

Really quaffable with west coast style citrus hop presence. Sweet citrus notes balance out the bitterness of the hops quite nicely without masking them too much. Creamy medium body with lots of bready yeast, ripe banana, light orange peel and grapefruit with a slight piney, resinous sweet dry finish. Very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of wl0307
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 2008. The label says this beer is brewed with real "Kentucky tobacco"... what is that anyway?! At 5.2%abv., BB 2009, served cool (cooler than the suggested 14゚-16゚) in a large tulip-shaped wine glass.

A: pours an ebony colour with faint mahogany glows when seen against light; the light tan froth head builds up elegantly and wanes in good time, on top of rather smooth carbonation.
S: a semi-astringent sourness of black prunes and musty yeasts comes in an interesting contrast with the sweet edge of dark chocolates, vanilla, and milky nuts. A swirl gives rise to the aromatic side of hops, but overall the aroma is settled, rich, and balanced. I fail to spot anything that I can imagine comes from tobacco, but the fine smokiness of malts might be a trace?
T: like the aroma, the foretaste is pungently sour prune-ish, slightly vinegary even, with plentiful hints of yeast sediments like experimental bottle-conditioned stuff that are in still their abundance here in the UK. To make up for this, the aftertaste remains rather solid, showing smooth coffee-ish black malts, chewy nutty and root-licorice roastiness, coupled with a medium level of earthy hop bitterness that goes dry-ish in the finish. Still, tobacco is very hard to pin down on the palate, but the unusual leather-ish bitter palate does suggest something other than the usual suspects of a Porter.
M&D: smooth-textured and the carbonation goes light, on top of a pleasantly dry-ish palate, but the overall body is somewhat in the lacking especially in the 2nd half of tasting, while the yeasty intervention also comes OTT at the expense of a necessary balance. Even if tobacco is the selling point here, this beer fails as this element gets submerged in the overall sour fruit soup. Not a bad start, I say, and I look forward to trying a much better-conditioned version of this recipe some years later~~

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Photo of adamette
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a beautiful looking 750 ml bottle purchased in Mantua, Italy for 8 Euros into a clean, clear glass. My review will be for Birra Del Borgo Re Porter and NOT the beer that is pictured here, the very different Ke To Re Porter (I noticed that many have reviewed that beer here and it is a mistake...I bought both beers and they are certainly not the same!).

A Medium brown head over jet black body lets no light through. Head disappeared within 60 seconds with no lacing. Very robust look.

S Great, mature porter with the significant smell of alcohol (despite its low ABV!)

T Deep, dark malt with coffee, light roasted taste. Not quite the level of an RIS but this is a big, heavy tasting beer.

M Sticky, syrupy thick mouthfeel. I wish more porters had this mouthfeel.

D This is an apertif but that one pint is easy to get through.

Notes: Another winner from Del Burgo.

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Birra Del Borgo Re Porter from Birra Del Borgo
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 9 ratings