Alice Porter | BrewDog

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BrewDog
Scotland, United Kingdom
brewdog.com

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Weighing in at 5.2% ABV, Alice Porter hides a huge complexity behind her modest strength. Roasty and smooth with fruity, rich coffee character. Alice Porter takes a sudden twist in an unexpected direction; a blend of hops that add a light, balancing citrusy twist and a subtle spiciness. Alice Porter is the first of our 2105 seasonal brews.

Added by mdagnew on 02-04-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
148
Reviews:
65
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
11.35%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
28
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 148 |  Reviews: 65
Photo of bolerosanchez
4.97/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well I brewed it and named it after my wife so yes I'm biased but what the hell...

Deep and dark with a reddish hue and decent viscous tannish head. Beguilingly fruity nose with darker tannic notes too.

The combination of Bramling X and Sorachi Ace brings a lovely counterbalance between forest type fruit and citrus. Some fresher hop notes become apparent on the palette along with some deeper full bodied dark malt.

The Sorachi lifts the whole thing as you go on and was included to give the porter an extra twang. There is a good long finish with complex notes of vanilla, more fruit and echoes of the rauch malt used (this becomes more apparent with age).

Best beer ever btw ;)

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Photo of bark
4.62/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The colour is dark brown (60 EBC), the liquid clear. The large head is pale brown and compact. It sinks very slowly leaving very little lacing.

The smell is mildly sweet (brown sugar) and very smooth. Some citric hops and bitter hints in the background. Smooth notes of chocolate and coffee. Red berries and charcoal.

The taste is light, yet complex. It is very smooth and highly drinkable. Silky smooth flavours, some roasted, almost burned flavours. Brown sugar, cocoa, mild coffee, grilled meat, prunes. The aftertaste is semi-dry with notes of caramel, coffee and dried fruits. The long finish brings some bitter notes and a complex, very balanced taste.

The carbonation is mild, the small bubbles light. The liquid is smooth.

A very well crafted strong porter. Extremely drinkable!

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Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to get my hands on a bottle from a generous trader(crosamich), and wow what an amazing porter. This reminds me of how porters were back when the porter style first originated. It has a sweet bouquet of smoky malts with sweet raisin notes. The taste is very, very, similar with smoky malts, sweet raisin(which is not overpowering, but accentuates), and on the background it has really nice cinnamon and caramel notes. One thing that got me was the lack of a "head", but it does have a perfect carbonation level to it. Overall, this beer is amazing. Probably by far one the best Brewdog beers I have had the chance to try, to date. It is on par with Abstrakt 04, which is one of my favorite Brewdog beers. I really wish they would sell this in the states because this would out sell Hardcore and Punk IPA. My hats off to Brewdog for another great beer!

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Photo of beerinabottle
4.39/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A little bitter at first but overall toasted coffee was predominant. Enjoyable.

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Photo of ZachT
4.39/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hansavijaticar
4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AgentMunky
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at the BrewDog bar in Edinburgh. From notes. Reviewed 28 May 2011.

A: Very little head -- the beer is full to the brim. Very dark, opaque, and the blackest brown.

S: Cacao. Roasted malt. Vanilla. Coffee. Strong, in-your-face, and great.

T: Mmmm. Bitterer than from the bottle. Lots of coffee beans. Still, good vanilla -- if a tad artificial? Maybe my imagination. A long, roasted finish. This is a good beer, man.

M: Tingly from drying roast and mayhap a touch of carbonation. Not creamy, but gooood.

O: I prefer the bottle version, but I still love this beer. Go get some! *I*'m ordering more...

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Photo of NATOuk
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance
A deep brown with hints of red with a good one-finger head which dissipates to a thin off-white layer across the top and a ring which clings to the glass.

Smell
Deep, complex coffee/chocolate but also some caramel sweetness - a prominent yet not overpowering aroma.

Taste
A very big taste overall. To start you get complex chocolate, caramel sweetness which starts big but builds to a nice burst of strong hop bitterness in the finish with some slight burnt caramel tastes in there somewhere. The bitterness coats the back of the mouth and lingers for a long time. Very well balanced, not too rich. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel
A medium carbonation, medium-heavy body. Nice acidity from the carbonation but not too much to detract from the taste.

Drinkability
If you're a fan of big flavoured stouts and porters this is fantastic. Not something you'd want or be able to drink in massive quantities, but 2 or 3 of these would go down very well. A very full, big flavour which is very well balanced but not too rich.

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Photo of chinchill
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Dundee BrewDog pub.
Opaque with mahogany highlights and a very good head.
Aroma: complex mix of chocolate, dark fruits, toffee, and baked bread, among other things.
The flavor is just as good and complex. It's also well balanced so that the numerous flavors intermix with fine dynamics. All 5.2% ABV is evident in the finish when a hint of brandy appears.
Medium body with medium carbonation.

O: Excellent! Maybe my favorite BrewDog so far.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. Ok, I'll play your tawdry parlour games: Who the fuck is Alice? And what of Bob?

This beer pours a clear, very dark cola hue, with one chubby finger of puffy, thinly foamy, and bubbly beige head, which leaves some streaky layered lace around the glass as it fairly quickly abates.

It smells of dark fruity malt, dry raisins, mild semi-sweet chocolate, a touch of Nordic licorice, a soft sour tang, and leafy, earthy hops. The taste is sweet, lightly roasted malt, a bit of bready caramel, an uptick in the creamy chocolate character, overripe plums, some very soft lactic sourness, and kind of zingy floral, leafy hops.

The carbonation is average, y'know, generally frothy, with a bit of an initial kick, the body a solid medium weight, and decently smooth, with just a soup├žon of creaminess. It finishes still bittersweet, tangy, and malty, the chocolate and sedated hops fighting for runner-up prizes.

Wow, a very enjoyable Baltic porter, with a wee bit of modernist tweaking. Big on flavour, admittedly tilted towards the sweet, but somehow 'balanced' all around - or perhaps that's just apologist-speak for when the beer just tastes really good. And the extra booze? Whereabouts unknown - I dunno, go ask Alice, even if she seems ten feet all.

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Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smcolw
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Modest but lasting head, initially leaves ring lace, as it settles, there are streaks thin lace. Light shines through on the edges. The color is deep ruby brown.

Dark chocolate and light coffee dominates the nose. It smells chewy.

Elements of vanilla and fresh cream to the mocha flavors. I detect some brandy/cognac notes. There's enough hop to provide pepper to the swallow and aftertaste. Full bodied but with enough carbonation to prevent it from seeming syrupy.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A raisiny garnet-brown with creamy lumpy tan head that trails. Brown sugar, soil, cinnamon oil, smoke (cured meat?) and port barrel on a complex nose. Lingonberry and maybe plum, burnt toast and sticky toffee up front followed by kola spice and a touch of ash to end. Brandy finish and tight tingly linger. On the light side of medium, surprising fizz, very soft and creamy and some cling.

Manages to bring the sweetness of Baltic Porter without the sugary pitfalls of that style. The body is the difference between porter and stout. a.k.a. vanilla porter, I've read, but I'm not sure I see that except maybe as elements of other flavors.

Easy drinking (6.2% is invisible) top porter.

Edit: Brewdog blog says this is brewed with Bramling Cross (which could account for some berry notes) and Sorachi Ace - that comes as a real surprise. The only lemon I could see is peel as a component of cola and in the lingering oily tartness.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of KeeganRohovich
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Niklas
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of CharlesK
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kal
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Daniellehto
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of schnarr84
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of GrumD
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not as faddy as previous beers I have tried. Loved the aroma of coffee and resiny hops. The initial taste is of a classic porter but the toastiness gradually gets overtaken by a welcoming hop kick. Not really a porter? Who are we to dictate?

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall thin 330ml bottle, best before 17 June 2012: poured into my 'Westvleteren' chalice on a cold, wet Sunday in March 2012.

The beer liked the glass, really dark body with a tan coloured head suited the chalice nicely: held up to a strong light source the beer showed a lovely deep ruby red hue.

The aroma is all about lightly burnt malts, as is the taste: roasted/toasted coffee/chocolate thoughts come to mind, unsweetened and more powerful in the mouth than the nose. The flavours are almost smooth and rich without being milky or creamy, just right sounds girly, but it is!

Only my 8th Baltic Porter since reviewing on BA, but this is one of the best so far. I'd also like to add I'm not a big fan of the way BrewDog 'do things' sometimes, but credit where credit is due: this beer is good.

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Photo of Arborescence
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dense two finger head. Virtually black.

Aroma: Roasted malt, toast, chocolate. Very robust!

Taste: Thick and sweet; caramel, chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, soupy.

Overall: Maybe too sweet for my taste, but it is a good imitation of the classic baltic porter, with some added robustness.

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Photo of rarbring
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is black, with ruby tones, the head is tan colored, leaves some lacing, and has good curtains.

The smell is roasted grains, coffee, sweet dried fruits with a vanilla backbone.

The taste starts sweet, dark bread, vanilla toffee, brown sugar, dried fruits, raisins, dates, figs, and lemon zest.

Medium low carbonation, a good body on this lassie, a nice end as well, dry and lasting.

A well balanced porter, has a good bitterness.

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Photo of mytu420
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.79 out of 5 based on 148 ratings.
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