Rapadou Porter | AleWerks Brewing Company

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Rapadou PorterRapadou Porter

Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by theformula on 12-17-2007

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Photo of baklo
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of emptyglassagain
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of julielynndubee
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SlothB77
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chazwik
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick and creamy, with a dark tan head that starts out tall and thick, but quickly vanishes. The aroma is sweet, luscious, and malty. The feel is just as creamy as it pours and leaves a sweet coating in your mouth. The after taste is a bit strong that leaves the taste of alcohol, but overall this Porter is one to keep being home!

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Photo of delta490
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out deep deep brown. It's almost impossible to see it. There is a thin lightly creamy tan head that just lingers on and leaves a smidge of lacing here and there. The aroma is boozy and burnt sugar. The taste has those qualities, too but it's layered under a big blast of roasted malts. It also adds a little earthy hops. It is medium bodied and slick, with an alcoholic tingle.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great dark pour with some lacing. My smeller is not great. Nice feel swirling it around in my mouth and nice blends of ingredients for very nice taste.

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Photo of Xenoreactive
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Interesting. They changed the recipes for their stouts this year. Looks like they upped the ABV on this one.

Look: Pours very thick with alot of legs happening. Some nice brown head that settles.

Smell: Woah. This smells like a sugar-bomb. Tons of heavy dessert notes come through to the point that I am afraid of the sugar content.

Taste: Rich and velvety. Has tons of dried fruit, burnt sugar, sweet coffee, milk chocolate and malty breadiness intermingling to make a sweetly rewarding flavor profile. Lots of dense dessert flavors combine together.

Feel: Wonderfully creamy. Almost milkshake creamy. Sticky and oily, this is how a rich porter should feel. Very satisfying for a dark brew.

Overall: They really upped this one's game this year. Much thicker, sweeter and overpowering with the beer's flavors. My only complaint is the sweetness of the brew, but it's what they were going for.

Rapadouly getting drunk off of liquid cake.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ksimons
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-color is a very dark brown color with a thin layer of khaki colored head that quickly disappears to leave a ring around the top

S-aromas of dark roasted coffee, milk chocolate, and some dark fruits

T-roasted malt, chocolate, roasted coffee, molasses, and light dark fruits

M-medium body, light to medium carbonation

Overall a nice full flavored porter, very nice

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Photo of jmartinger
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of erjaq
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ucsbmullet
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BillRoth
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Given Feb 2015 version bomber as part of a Virginia sampler Christmas gift pack. Favorite beer of the holiday season. A super rich chewy imperial porter that cascades you with chocolate, roasted coffee beans and sugar kick that is more dark rum-like than candy. ABV is big at 9% but does not dominate or distract. This is as easy a sipper as you will find...decadent and begs for a side dish of nuts, cheese and a full bodied Partagas. have never had a bad beer from Alewerks...but also never had a really positive memorable one either. Well that's over...this is the real deal. World class!
Related, Virginia is growing a large collection of really good breweries...and VA beer trails are very much worth exploring. Throw in immigrant breweries...Stone, Green Flash and Alpine ... and you have all the makings of a destination state for beer road trips

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Photo of bwood06
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A - Head is 2 fingers high after a moderately hard pour and is creamy with some larger bubbles on top. Head is tan in color and dissipates very slowly. Beer is opaque and ultra dark brown, borderline black. Moderate amount of carbonation clinging to sides of glass. 4.25/5

S - Deep dark maltiness with caramel up front. I also get notes of dark chocolate, espresso, and molasses. No real hop profile to this beer on the nose. Aroma is very sweet backed up by ultra dark toasted bread. 4/5

T - Dark toasted bread is the first note I get followed by a sugary molasses (sweeter than just straight molasses). Sweetness is more reminiscent of toffee than caramel and works alongside a note of vanilla. Espresso and dark chocolate form the middle of the tasting and then a grassy hop character comes in at the very end to finish things off. Hops only show up briefly but bitterness does linger in the mouth. There is a slight milkiness throughout that seems to allow the sugar and chocolate to stand out and results in a bit of a sugar cookie note. 4.25/5

M - Full bodied, thick, and creamy with a light drying on the back end that lingers in the mouth. Light carbonation tickle mainly on the front end of the tasting. 4.25/5

O - Excellently executed porter with a variety of flavors that keep the taste buds interested throughout the tasting. Sweetness is balanced nicely with a bit of bitterness from the espresso and grassy hops. The abv is really not noticeable despite the 9% price tag. 4.25/5

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4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drink_like_a_wahoo
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TildenKatz
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Speiglau glass.

Before I go into the look, the aroma is present right away like strong vanilla alcohol but I will go into that more later.

Look is pitch black with slight red highlights at the edges of the glass. Head is really thin.

Aroma is so strong I had to look up what rapadou was, apparently it is packed molasses. That so speaks to the smell. It is like intense brown sugar with vanilla and alcohol. Intense but good.

Taste is straight vanilla molasses. So super sweet like someone put a brown sugar packet in it. At the end we have a slight roasty dryness. Very enjoyable.

Taste is thin but I expect that from a porter. I think the fact that it is to style allows the rapadou to shine through.

Excellent beer.

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Photo of Lucular
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is jet black, with a low profile, off-white head that quickly settles out into a halo on the surface. Aromas of chocolate, molasses, caramel, coffee, earthy tones, hints of vanilla, and a rich, sugary sweetness. Smells deep, dark, and heavy. Flavors are heavily roasted forward, with a dark, bitter, roast coffee backbone, layered with bittersweet chocolate, molasses, caramel, hints of smoke, and a tangy, sugary characteristic. This is very layered, rich, and extremely well balanced. Hints of smoke and char on the back end of the palate. The body is robust and heavy, with a dryness in the bottom. Smoky, rich, bittersweet aftertaste heavy on the chocolate and caramel notes, lingering on through the otherwise velvety smooth, dry finish. This is a beast of a beer. Very tasty!

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Photo of intobenme
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of arizcards
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from the Alewerks taproom in mid-May for $9.99. No visible bottling date.

Beer poured dark brown with a tan head that dissipated quickly.

Nose has hints of caramelized sugar.

Taste is sweet but not cloyingly so as there is enough hopping to balance things out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth across the palate.

Overall this is a solid beer, very dangerously drinkable! Glad i took the opportunity to try - give it a shot if you come across it!

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Rapadou Porter from AleWerks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 196 ratings