KeTo Reporter | Birra Del Borgo

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Birra Del Borgo

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Suds on 04-25-2009

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks, smells and tastes like a regular porter. Taking into account that I knew it had tobacco added, and if you really dig for it, you can find some faint notes. But overall it's a really nice and easy drinking porter.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vfgccp
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

From bottle at restaurant in Portsmouth UK

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Pours a dark, dark brown. Tobacco Porter. Hmmm. I hope it doesn't force me to start smoking again. Aroma is rather oxidized. Smells like barbecue sauce in a funny way. Also a bit earthy. Tangy soy sauce. Some tobacco. More generic Porter flavors. Actually pretty interesting. The body is fairly light. I would like more pronounced tobacco. I think the idea is pretty cool.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Italian Spectapular at the Local Taphouse in Sydney.

Pours a deep, solid and pretty gooey and oily black colour. Head is a filmy brown hue. Relatively light bodied in the glass. Looks pretty good.

Nose is rich and roasty, with some mild toasted tobacco notes and a pretty deep sweetness backing it up. Some true graininess comes through to back up the other roasted characters. It's very pleasant.

Taste is big and smooth, and smooth without any clinging sweetness. Languid roast on the front, with a nice clean biscuity finish. The tobacco adds more of a sweetness to the back, and some depth and complexity to the finish. Ahh... It almost makes you want to take up smoking.

Nice stuff: I'll pay that for sure. Very smooth, rich and flavoursome with a lot to offer. Were I not so brainwashed to believe that this beer is probably giving my mouth cancer, I'd drink this regularly.

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Photo of Suds
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a similar beer to Del Borgo's standard robust porter, only that it's dosed with a helping of Kentucky tobacco (hence the KeTo, although the To is for Toscano...per the label). The beer is a deep black color with a soapy tan head. Decent lace, and all around appealing looks. The aroma is solid...plenty of highly roasted malts. Chocolate, smoke, burnt and caramelized sugars. There's also a notable tobacco scent in the aroma. It really comes out in the taste, however, with a tongue numbing, mouth enveloping flavor. There is a strong hop flavor and a peppery spiciness in the flavor as well. It finishes with a sharp bitter streak. Medium-full body. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of samEBC
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dgilks
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Veyr dark opaque brown with a very shortlasted tan head. No lacing.

Earthy roasty aroma with some cardboard notes. The oxidation is unfortunate. Interesting though.

An interesting flavour. The porter is there with it being roasty and earthy. The tobacco seems a little lost and it just lacks a bit of panache.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Okay but too fizzy for me liking.

An interesting beer. The porter is good but the special processes are lost on me.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with a large tan head.
Nose shwos roasted malt, soft funky notes, liquorice and soft cocoa.
Interesting flavour, there's some distinct fruity acidity in a lambic way along with gentle roasted malt.
Could use mroe carbonation and a richer body.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown with an amber tinge, no carbonation and a half finger of beige head.

S: Vanilla, chocolate, brown sugar, bananas, light tar, licorice, a light cigar quality but really hidden.

T: Chocolate, light fruity quality, licorice, tar, not really getting vanilla, a hint of brown sugar, perhaps some tobacco on the finish.

M: medium thick slightly oily body, medium low large flat bubbled carbonation.

O: Got on Wishbeer, drank in Kunming March 13, 2015. Wish the tobacco came through more. Artsy bottle, great idea, and well done for a porter.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On the "1001" list, this should not be except for the deal between the General Editor and the "reporter" promoting Italian beers.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark-brown portery colour, clear with nice foamy head of a deep beige, slight golden tinges around the edges. Nice, decent porter look; has a touch of espresso about its appearance.

Smells very spicy and smokey. Deep roasted malt base with spicy, herbal notes that combined with the roast give a slight ashiness. Quite sharp, too, but it's all quite pleasant. Piquant, like a good wake-up coffee.

Again very spicy on the palate. Lots of tobacco characters on there with herbal notes, some mediciney characters coming in and a touch of pepper. Smoke, too, almost meaty. The roasted malt provides a very solid foundation and complements all these extra complexities well on the back. Very pleasant indeed.

Slightly thin on the mouthfeel, but OK. Smooth texture.

Very interesting brew. More on the interesting side, but I think it makes good use of tobacco. More tobacco should be used in brewing and less for smoking, I say.

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Photo of ADZA
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been looking forwards to this as its an interesting idea combining beer with tobacco and pours the darkest kola beer hue which leaves a creamy khaki three finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is ashtray tobacco mixed with cherries,milky chocolate and red grapes,the mouthfeel is just over light bodied and silky smooth like velvety milk chocolate with tastes of milky chocolate,only the slightest hint of tobacco,creamy vanilla,hazelnuts,milky coffee and finished with a creamy nuttiness and overall its an interesting drop which i like and i would definately buy this again perfect nightcap cheers.

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Photo of steverx8
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Poupae
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pin
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of adamette
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally posted a few days ago but then deleted somehow. Live Review. Poured from the 0.75 Liter bottle that I purchased in Bologna, Italy in June at a great little bottle shop there and then carried back with me in my luggage. I believe that the cost may have been about 9 Euros or about $14. Poured into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. "Best by" date of April 2010 stamped on the back, bottom part of the label. 5.2 % alcohol also listed on the back label.

A Pours a very dark rich looking body under a medium brown, creamy head. Direct light reveals a very dark burgundy color. Good lacing after repeated sips. 4.0

S Nice medium to dark roast malt with maybe a trace of tobacco that is supposed to be in this beer. I find that the smell of this roasted malt is close to that of tobacco. Anyway, the smell of a nicely brewed porter is certainly there. 4.0

T There is certainly the porter, medium to dark roast malt but then there is that tobacco taste as well that I do not particularly like in a beer. It reminds me of the brief time in the late 1990's that I smoked cigars (total of about 10, not a lengthy period of time). The tobacco taste is not overwhelming but does tend to stay in my mouth like those cigars. This is a good tasting porter. 4.0

M More thin than what I expected but the tobacco and roasted malt taste really adds some thickness to the feel of the beer. I expected there to be much more smoothness to the feel due to the presence of the creamy head. 3.5

D The drinkability for me is driven down a bit by the presence of the tobacco. I drank the approximate 2 pints that make up the bottle, though, so I will rate it above average. 3.5

Notes: A satisfying beer to wait this long to drink and certainly a unique tasting beer from del Borgo.

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Photo of mick303
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of drmeto
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a small to medium,frothy,khaki head
-smoke,coffee,oats,phenolic,herbal (Tobacco?),licorice
-sugar,coffee,black bread,smoke,mocha,licorice
-light to medium body
-low to medium carbonation
On the sweet side for a Porter.
Tobacco is almost not noticeable
Good overall.

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Photo of pixieskid
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Phoodcritic
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Andy_Luft
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of atis
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with no carbonation. Aroma is burnt malt with light sweetness.

Taste is dominated by burnt dark malt with some bitter flavours that could be tabacco, but I am not sure about it. Mouthfeel is light/medium with absolutely no carbonation.

Drinkable, but certainly not worth its high price.

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KeTo Reporter from Birra Del Borgo
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 36 ratings
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