Perle Ai Porci
Birra Del Borgo

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English Stout
Ranked #104
Ranked #40,816
3.58 | pDev: 11.73%
Birra Del Borgo
Perle Ai PorciPerle Ai Porci
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Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unknown vintage; drank 9/16/14 @ Bangers & Lace.

Brown/black hue.

Dark khaki head; minimal lace.

Fresh earth & salt nose.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Brine, fresh earth & mild mocha flavors; unique but very sessionable.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown color with tan head. Aroma has really nice chocolate with some light spices and brownie batter. Taste is slightly astringent, roasty, well balanced, a bit of baker's chocolate, light bitterness on the finish. Medium body, soft carbonation. Overall it's a really decent stout with a nice aroma.

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Photo of mike22ne
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle. Bottle says it's an oyster stout.
Dark black brown with a thin tan head, not much lacing. Smells of roast and chocolate, mild earthy aromas. Taste is nice, similar roast and chocolate but with a brineyness that gets more noticeable after a few sips. Not a strong oyster flavor but it comes through with the ocean brine taste and feel. Feel is a bit thin, but smooth.
Overall a nice beer, glad I could try it.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the oddly shaped bottle into a snifter glass, comes out dark brown with a small head that fades to a ring, some lacing at first. Smell is nice, big roasty malt note with hints of chocolate. Flavor starts malty and charred, middle has some coffee bean, finish is briny, hints of salt and calcium. Body tends to be a bit thin, overall a cool beer just needs more body.

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Photo of Premo88
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.1 oz. bottle poured into "stout glass"

L: black, thin and watery as your pour, looks clear and pushes up a thin, 1/5-inch tall head of tan foam that doesn't stick; keeps a collar of bigger, soapy bubbles; at times has a flat look, but even a jiggle of the glass causes the collar to percolate, so there's carbonation in there; up to light, dark ruby red around the edges ... very cool

S: chocolate ... very sweet; some oak wood and almost cedar ... boy is it sweet; coffee is astringent but not bitter or harsh; raisins

T: salty ... it's full of good standard stout notes, including coffee and some oak wood and a little charred wood or smoke, but it's also got a big earthy presence that isn't as much bitter as it is salty or briny; hard to say I taste oysters, but the bit seawater/saltwater is definitely there

F: seems light and watery at first, but somehow thickens over time ... I don't know how, but it's getting almost that slick-lumpy milk stout feel ... very different; despite the flat look, it's plenty crisp from the carbonation; halfway into the glass, it's settled into a medium weight, pretty thick and only lightly carbonated ... unique

O: a great beer but also not remarkably different from the average stout, which makes it overpriced in terms of an everyday drinker; at the same time, some of the slight differences are very interesting, especially the growing mouthfeel, which I swear I've not run across yet in 400-something different beers; the earthy quality from the oysters is cool, for it's pronounced enough to

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Photo of RobertRuiz
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, first ouster stout... But very similar to a thin stout. Glad I got to sample, probably wouldn't buy again, but wouldn't turn down if offered.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

clever beer this one, an oyster stout also brewed with clams. i expected a way more seafoody beer, i almost expected this to be gross, but i was so curious i had to grab it. pours like a nice rich stout, dark mocha head on a big black beer. nothing out of the ordinary there, save the high viscosity and low alcohol. the nose shows some light briny saltiness, but its less about the sea as it is about the protein added from these little critters. they add a ton of body without a ton of fishiness, not at all what i was anticipating in this one. there ids a coffee smelling side here, and its a little weird with the oceanic properties, but it comes together in the flavor, where its less of a raw bar and more of a chargrilled shellfish profile. the dark malt helps to balance, and all that protein gives the beer a slick yet large body, interesting to say the least. the finish is remarkably dry for what it is, and the beer on the whole is very good. never though clams would make a good addition, especially to this type of beer. i dont love love it, but i really admire it. more cleverness for the italians. It would be neat to see this done in a series or beers all with one accent flavor for shellfish, curry, herbs, wine, could be even more interesting in terms of food...

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Photo of GregJ
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown/black with a quickly dissipating half a finger thick head. Smells of dark roast malt, coffee and chocolate. Tastes of roast malt, salt/brine, a little pine and dark chocolate. A briny and roast malt aftertaste with a hint of oyster. Medium body medium carbonation

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It looks to be pitch black with a 1 finger head of tan foam. Look at that lacing!

The smell is of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and some kind of fruity? I guess I will find out aboot that when I taste it.

No sign of any fruit in the taste. Roasted malt, hint of coffee, dark chocolate, semi sweet chocolate. Sounds nice, eh?, but, I don't know, the flavours come through as if they were muted or filtered. Maybe, in this case, a bit more alcohol may have helped?

Medium, close to full bodied, rather light carbonation.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tried on handpump at Bir & Fud in Rome. This is an oyster stout, hence the "pearls" reference in the name.

Pours a solid, oily black colour, opaque with haze. Carbonation forms in a cloudy crest forming up to a frothy, persistent, pale-brown head. Lacing forms in patches and specks. Body is solid. Looks really good.

Toasty, nutty malt on the nose, but a little subdued. Some slight savoury characters come through with a little BBQ and saltiness. Some tannin comes through as well with a sharp wine sediment character. Overall, it's fairly light, but purposeful.

Light and frothy on the palate, some characters like milky coffee. Slight caramel tones come through, but not the true sweetness. The roast builds towards the mid and back, along with a red apple skin note. Finish is slightly medicinal or mineral like flint. Coffee lingers in the aftertaste.

Feel is smooth, frothy and light. Very nice.

Overall, this is a really solid, very easy-to-drink stout. The handpump really brought it out in its best light I think. It's a really cracking brew.

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Photo of Brenden
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is thick enough for a stout but without the heavy viscosity, a dead giveaway to its European nature. The blackness, though, is thick, and no brown shows. The medium brown head, a steady half-finger tall, has decent stay and lace.
This stout shows it English character in every way, and I'd almost forgotten what a difference there could be between it and what's typical of American counterparts. Earth, soil, mineral, a hint of smoke with a meatiness to it, and a touch of tang show some common elements but shy away from sweetness, booziness, or the heavier aspects of some even as just a bit of dry cocoa eases into the end.
The flavor showcases mostly roast, charred woods, tang and meatiness in the finish. The oyster is too subtle overall, and the charred woods end up on the astringent side in the end, but it has a little smooth smoky caramel and chocolaty sweetness easing things a bit.
It's got an almost crisp body on the light side of medium. It fits for the style as an English variant, though I understand the American urge to beef up the body. It has a tangy, sharp(ish) semi-dry finish.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I do love a good oyster stout so I'm pretty excited to try this (in spite of its current 79 rating). Cute 11.1 fl oz bottle with unbranded silver colour pry-off pressure cap and intricate design and fun label art acquired at a local bottle shop and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; this is my first beer from this brewery, but I'm optimistic. Reviewed as an oyster stout since the label clearly identifies it as such. "Ale brewed with oysters and clams." I feel like this style is under-represented, and I always buy one when I chance across a new one. 5.50% ABV confirmed. "Imported by B. United International Inc." At least it's not the fucking Shelton Bastards...

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of gorgeous khaki colour. Has some really nice creaminess and thickness. The complexion is soft and inviting. Has a nice smooth even consistency. Head retention is above average - about 3 minutes. Nice even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a predictable solid opaque jet-black. Nontransparent/nontranslucent. No yeast particles/sediment is visible.

Overall, it's about what you'd expect of an oyster stout and I'm really looking forward to trying it. While it's not unique or special, it has no overt or obvious flaws.

Sm: Faint chocolate malts, faint caramel, cream, vague brine, and maybe a buried hint of oyster. It's a reticent, closed off aroma of average strength.

No yeast character, hops, or alcohol is detectable. I find it appealing, if timid. I do like a beer in any given style to really commit to that style, and with that in mind I'd like more oystery and clammy notes. Let's not shy away from the premise of the beer.

T: Dark malts, chocolate malt, some wonderful creaminess, and a light briney note. If I had it blind, I doubt I'd note any oyster or clam notes, but when I look for them, it's a reach, but I do find a timid oyster/clam character. Others have noted this comes of salty; I'd make no such claim. I admit I'm surprised by how well balanced it is. I mean it's a very simple build for an oyster stout, but it's quite cohesive and it comes together nicely. It's by no means a complex or intricate brew, but I like the flavours it presents. The buried timid seafood notes do lend it some nuance; even in this style I still feel like any true oyster character at all is notable. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

Mf: The creaminess is lovely. Well-rounded and delightfully smooth. The wetness is apt and helps make this a strangely refreshing oyster stout. Well-carbonated. Has a near perfect weight on the palate. Presence on the palate is great; it's very soft and comforting. The texture complements the flavour profile nicely, with evidence even of possible custom-tailoring specifically to the flavours in this profile.

Not biting, astringent, gushed, hot, boozy, oily, or harsh.

Overall, it's a sleek slick well executed texture and I'm pleasantly surprised.

Dr: Hides its modest ABV well. Overall, I think it's a commendable oyster stout and while the clam element doesn't really come through as much as I'd like, I do think it commits to its premise. I do wish it pushed the seafood notes further, but I applaud the brewers for even attempting and releasing a beer in this style. Luckily for me, it turned out rather good and I look forward to trying more beers from this brewery. If we're being fair, it's a damn fine oyster stout and I only wish it was more affordable stateside. I'd recommend it to friends and frankly I'm a bit surprised by its current 79 rating. If you don't like oyster stouts inherently, please don't review them. I'm here to say this beer is worthy of your time and I hope it gets more attention in the coming months. I'd love another.


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Photo of Kerie
1.96/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm fairly new to beers other than your run of the mill pilsner types so my review will be very simple. This beer was salty! It was slightly fishy (oyster-y) which I believe was the point, but the overwhelming characteristic for me was salt. I won't have it again.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a fading small tan head.
Nose shows roasted malt, toasty hints, cocoa, coffee, and a briny note.
Heavy roasted malt as a flavour too with liquorice and toasty characters.
Nice medium-thick body and smooth carbonation.
Pretty enjoyable stout.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.02/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottle from Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured black with decent carbonation coming up. One finger of light brown head was on top leaving small spatterings of lace and no retention.

S - Chocolate, minerals, roast, sweet chocolate.

T - Chocolate, minerally again. Sweet and fairly minerally. Some saltiness of sorts. Starts out sweet and then goes earthy/minerally.

M - Quite dry in the finish, medium to full bodied and good carbonation.

O/D - An interesting beer but fairly difficult to get through the entire bottle. Not bad, but the minerality of it made it hard to drink. Neat to see the effects of the oysters, but not worth much beyond the experiment.

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Photo of ADZA
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is actually an oyster stout but felt this was closest given i didnt have the option of the first and pours the darkest kola hue which leaves a two finger khaki laced head and heaps of nice clingy lacing,the smell is salty sea water,dark rich chocolate,herbal hops and dark roasty coffee,the mouthfeel is just under medium bodied and a touch slippery not what i expect in my stouts but due to the oysters i can understand and has tastes of dark rich chocolate,dark milky coffee,cocoa nibs,dark plums,a touch of chocolate coated cherries and finished with a touch of saltiness that leaves your mouth dry and wanting another sip and overall its alright and the oysters definately let themselves known thats for sure and even for someone like me whos not the biggest fan of oysters i must admit i dont get the oyster taste just the sea saltiness and even though i would not rush out and buy it again i can appreciate it for what it is cheers.

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