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Brewed by:
BrewDog
United Kingdom (Scotland) | website

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

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Reviews:
65
Ratings:
147
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
17.15%
 
 
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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 147
Photo of LantGladstone
2.61/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

BBE Feb 19, 2016 ABV 5.2%, 330 ml from Ales by Mail


Appearance (Look) = 6%
clear brown, khaki head, viscous

Smell = 24%

sweet malt


Taste = 40%
a bit watery, not much going on. slight sour, slight astringent yeast, the ingredients list says wheat and oats. I'd believe the wheat, hint of chocolate.


Mouthfeel (Feel) = 10%
watery, light

Overall = 20%
I generally like what these guys do but not this time. I was hoping for much more. watery boring and light

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
2.94/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Fullers snifter glass. Cheers Zimbo!

Pours a very dark brown/black colour, with a decent tan head and plenty of lacing.

Smells faintly of whiskey/strong spirits - sour and alcoholic, with plenty of rich dark fruits. Some burnt malts too.

Tastes firstly very strong for the abv, with seemingly no attempt to hide the alcohol. Very strong rich fruity aspect as well, like a fortified wine. Bitter burnt malts. Quite a thin mouthfeel too.

Overall not very impressive unfortunately. Interesting take on a porter though, more like a Scottish style dark barleywine, with a stronger taste of alcohol than you would expect from this abv.

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on jul´11. Pours bright mahogany in color. Head is beige, large size bubbled, with fairly good retention. Roasted malt aromas, coffee hints. Flavors are as expected from aromas with estery notes. Dry bitterness follows them. Medium body, quite watery in the middle. Burnt coffee overwhelms all flavors while lingers to the finish. Aftertaste & overall impression results flat & bland. Not really refreshing. Bitterness is not gentle neither well balanced.

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Photo of Macca
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours mahogany brown/black with beige head which does stick.

On the nose I get coffee, cola and dark fruits. Ok but not great.

Again getting the coffee and cola on the palate. A bit of dark chocolate as well.

Carbonation too high for me.

Average score right across the board from me for a very average beer. Disappointed.

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Photo of MarkoNm
3.19/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black color and a very weak tan head that immediately settles down to a small lacing. The aroma is slightly roasted along with some fruity smell, later I could also smell some caramel. The taste is bitter with some coffee in the back - there's really not much there, too bad. It's drinkable, although feels slightly stale, but not exactly what I expect from BrewDog.

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Photo of Klym
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Review from notes.

A: Dark, dark for a porter. A thin but deep black with little light penetration. A very small head that dies out almost immediately with no head to create any lacing.

S: Smells like roasted nuts, a little smoke, some chocolate and a little savory sweetness. Not extremely aromatic.

T: I was hoping for another explosive taste experience from Brew Dog as they've so impressed me before, but this was kind of a let down. A very basic porter taste, with a terriyaki beef jerky concentrated taste with hints of additional smokiness, chocolate, and a little dark fruit. All of the flavors are familiar and none of them are particularly strong but they still manage to not be well blended. Certainly not the characteristic outrageousness I've come to expect from brew dog, and certainly not the masterful tasty well-roundedness that is typical of great porters.

M: Well carbonated but a little bit watery in the mouthfeel. Would've liked a more full-bodied mouthfeel to this, but I guess the 'wateriness' of the mouthfeel matched the wateriness of the taste.

O: A let down for me from a much beloved brewery. Maybe there was something wrong with my bottle but otherwise I'd say that this is not a noteworthy porter and can be passed up on.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 330 ml brown bottle. Pours out a dense dark brown, mahogany nimbus when held to light, creamy beige head that settles quickly.

Toasty and roasty malt with notes of char on the nose, some wood and smoke. Bready malt in the backgroud, however it all seems quite dry. At times there are fruity spikes of cherry and currants.

Roasty malt up front in the flavour, some char and sourness that follows, some currants in the middle, finishing with a dry wood character and hints of coffee, although the flavour is quite thin by the finish.

Mouthfeel has a medium-bodied weight, yet the texture makes it feel thin, and the carbonation is lower than moderate.

Has some decent elements to it, but to me just doesn't seem to pull them together in a cohesive end product. Apparently there is vanilla in there as well, but I didn't pick up on any.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, murky brown with a slight red tinge. Transparent throughout, with fairly lacklustre head of big beige bubbles. Lace is alright, but not great. Looks decent, though.

Smells alright, a bit nutty and spicy with nutmeg, carob and a touch of marzipan. Quite on the sweet side with only an afterthought of roastiness. But it's OK.

Taste is a bit boozier, an underlying palate of roastiness and a mild touch of black pepper. Majority of palate is sweet and quite nutty, with some almond paste, chestnut and more carob. Aftertaste adds a touch of spice which is a bit more colour to add to a decent but otherwise uninspiring palate.

A bit thin, a bit dry, nothing really interesting on the texture.

Don't get much, apart from the fairly ballsy roasted malt, but then it's not a big Baltic porter flavour and nothing outstanding in Brewdog's oeuvre.

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Photo of brystmar
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Final bottle in my Power Through Random Extras night. So far they've been consistently disappointing, and I expect the same from BrewDog. Let's see...

Below average-looking pour: brown, minimal head, looks blah. Nose is great though; really matches the style well.

Toasty malt and dry yeast lead the way. Slightly oxidized, still tastes much better than I expected from a BrewDog beer.

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Photo of Derek
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Who the F@#% is Alice?

A: Black with a tan head, no retention but it leaves a little leg.

S: Roasted/charred coffee, licorice, maraschino cherries, sponge toffee and cola.

T: Dr. Pepper without the sweetness. Licorice & caramelized raisins with some underlying coffee & sponge toffee. Good bitterness, alcohol is subtle. It's alright, but the flavours just don't seem to meld together here.

M: Very attenuated, moderate body has some roasted acidity and a very dry finish.

D/O: This is certainly drinkable, but for a Baltic porter it's barely above average.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a tan head. Most of the aroma is roasted malt and dark chocolate, though there is a bit of coffee and earthy hop character. A touch of cardboard and a hint of fruit. The flavor is somewhat bland, but there is a decent amount of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee. As with the aroma, some earthy hop notes, though no real bitterness. Nothing offensive, but nothing that makes me really care to drink it.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a black color porter with a nice brown medium head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light black chocolate and some light notes of roasted malt are pleasant though more tame then I had expected considering the brewer. Taste is a mix between some light roasted malt notes with light dry black chocolate notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This was an OK offering but would have liked a bit more complexity.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle 6,2% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in a Brewdog Teku glass
BBE 14/03/2012

My first Baltic Porter - can't wait.

Appearance: Appears almost black in the glass; however a back light reveals the body to be a crystal clear dark red. The tan head is of decent size, however it doesn't last as long as I'd like and leaves very sparse lace.

Smell: Sniff... Sniff... wtf where is the smell? I was expecting a huge smell from this beer and am horribly disappointed at how hard I have to concentrate to smell anything. After about 10 minutes, the smell opens out a little and I can begin to judge it. I am happy to find the little smell that there is actually pretty good and quite complex. Chocolate, dark roasted malt and dark fruits (plums, blue berry and mulberry) dominate the smell. Hints of smoke, coffee and vanilla are also noted.

Taste: Ugh, I can’t believe this. The flavour is just as weak as the smell. Careful concentration leads to similar notes as the smell, with the addition of caramel and a touch of hops. A pleasant hop bitterness is noted in the finish. No alcohol is noted.

Mouthfeel: The body is actually pretty good, just above medium; however the beer is over carbonated for my taste.

Overall: Alice Porter tastes like a macro companies attempt to brew a good beer. It is far from bad and I would drink it if it was freely available. It is just a massive disappointment from Brewdog as I expect their beers to be bursting with flavour!
I guess this could have been a bad bottle?

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Photo of flyingpig
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with a thin tan coloured head that leaves a patchy soapy lacing after 20 seconds.

Sweet smelling beer with hints of burnt sugar & dark summer fruits blended together along with background coffee notes. Hints of chocolate & some roasted malts too.

Summer fruits and coffee hitting the taste buds upfront with faint hints of caramel in there too. The finish is a nice bitter one, although not overly. Alcohol is well hidden.

Medium bodied and well carbonated with a nice tang to it. The beer is smooth for the most part although not overly.

Not the best Brewdog overing but a well balanced, flavourful beer that I would drink again. A bit overpriced in Brewdog Edinburgh at £4.50 a bottle.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with a large, fading tan head.
Nose shows roasted coffee, vanilla and dark sugar.
Similarly roasty flavours, but with quite a lot of underlying sweetness. The roasted malt seems be a bit full-on (not to mention plain), especially when you add in the fair whack of resinous hops and bitterness in the finish.
Carbonation is a little too full-on.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - nearly impenetrable but clear deep brown, thumb of mocha head retained reasonably well
S - strong smoky and molasses aromas, dark fruits, touch or earthiness
T - sour dark fruit and burnt sugar, smoky malt with a light sour milkiness, finishes with subtle leafy hops
M - medium body with average carbonation, a stickiness through the finish with some chaulkiness
O - this brew is a little 'puzzling' as the label suggests, it is bold in flavour but not the most balanced, still worth a try once

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Photo of RickyS
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured in teku glass from a 330 ml bottle. Light brown head that hesitates to last on top of a pitch black black liquid. The aroma is not very assertive but nonetheless pleasant, with chocolates, brown sugars and a very mild hop presence. Quite effervescent on the tongue. The taste is coffee forward, I find, and pretty mono-dimensional. This is leaving a very dry sensation on the tongue that lasts for quite some time. Pretty light-bodied beer with, considerably carbonated, at least for this style, and maybe unbalanced with the hops. I am getting them more and more while smelling the beer on and on during drinking. Might be my personal bias, but
I don't like them very much in a porter. During drinking all aromas seem to fade away. Overall this is a decent beer but not the sturdiest porters of all, lacking a bit of personality. I will not buy it again.

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Photo of Cannybrew
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml poured into tulip glass. Looks super. Thick mocha coloured head 2" thick lasting well. Black with hint of red. Smells of raspberry, orange, spice and nutmeg. Tastes of sweet caramel, sugary coffee and toast. Mouthfeel a little empty pretty quickly leaving very little behind only a slight bitterness. Overall it's a gud'n.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a Mikkeller tulip style glass. Purchased from Slowbeer.

Has one-finger of light-tan coloured foam that recedes fairly quickly. Has a pretty pure black appearance with just a touch of ruby around the edges.

Has a solid chocolate aroma, more dairy milk than dark or belgian. A little bit of raspberry there as well.

Flavour is chocolate, but not as pronounced as the aroma. Has a little bit of cocoa there that helps to balance it out a shade, rather than being pure chocolate.

Mouthfeel is chewy, a little thin at the front, but very smooth throughout. A little mixed on this front.

Overall a good beer, not overly true to style as a Baltic Porter, but a good porter nonetheless. Hard to score on the reviews as a result.

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Photo of liamt07
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Sammy, 12oz into a tulip. Best before 15.03.12 on the neck, March 15, 2012?

Dark brown with some violet/burgundy coming through at the edges. Mocha head of a finger or so, with a touch of sticky lace and ok retention. Nice milk chocolate notes on the nose, a touch of bitterness with some roast. Some dried juicy dark fruits mix in with this as well. Gentle sweetness, some breadiness and a bit of caramel. Thin roasty body, some toasty malts, bakers chocolate and a slight hint of lactic sourness. Doesn't get too bitter, some subtle sweetness tries to pull this back into balance. Mouthfeel is a little too thin for my liking, but the carbonation feels about right at a lower-medium level. Drinkable and fairly tasty, but nothing too exciting - standard really.

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Photo of Trizzle
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeous looking beer. Opaque black with dense off white head that goes the distance and leaves plenty of lace.

Sweetish cola malts, coffee grounds, and some charcoal on a background of warm alcohol.

Taste is fairly sweet and smoky. Standard porter goodness. Hints of peat and carob, not a lot by way of bitterness in either roasted malt or hops and falls down a touch here for me. Lingers fairly sweet and smoky. Sweet and smoky the whole way really. I'm really trying to taste for more in here but there isn't a lot.m. Quite drinkable though. A good sessionable drop.

Feel is a touch thin for the style, minimal carb but quite smooth. Even with the sweetness it is not cloying and the roasted malts are far from astringent.

A very nice but standard London style porter.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Served from a cask into a pint glass in Blackfriar's pub, Glasgow.

A: Pours a very dark black with a one finger tan head that has cream but is thin. Heads on cask ales tend to be this restrained, so it's grand.

Sm: Alcohol, caramel, maybe toffee, maybe roast.

T: Caramel, coffee, toffee lacing with barrel aging notes. Cream. Quite nice overall, maybe the first good cask ale I've tried. Nicely built for the style; well balanced. The finish just carries the flavours of the body - not a bad thing per se, but a bit disappointing.

Mf: Very smooth for a porter, but adequately dry.

Dr: At this price, it's a worthy buy. I'd have another if I weren't reviewing as many Glasgow brews as possible during my visit.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A finger of tan head fizzes loudly until it recedes to a thin collar with a swirl in the middle of the surface. The body is very dark, almost black with red tinting where it gets thin. Bubbly lace.

S - Barley sugar lollies, toffee and musty vanilla.

T - Burnt sugar, charred malt, chocolate and smoke. Starts out all sweet malt and finishes bitter.

M - Too thin in the body for my liking, moderate carbonation.

O - Nice distinctive porter with plenty of character.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown and ruby tinged, this beauty is topped with a finger of rusty brown head.

Smells of chocolate, rust, chocolate mousse, and snow.

Chocolate, tar, tobacco, rust. Very little bitterness. Any citrusy hops I only found after reading the suggestion. Yes, they are there if you aerate it like wine.

Thin body, moderate carbonation.

Feels like a light and easy drinking porter. Got from Bangkok, drank in Chiang Mai January 27th, 2016.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This porter pours out as a deep brownish black with red highlights. The head is tan and is pretty thick looking at first. About half way down the bottle the head thins out into just a ring around the glass. The smell is kind of sweet with some sugar and some light fruity aromas. The taste is a little sweet upfront then fades into a light roasted malt bitterness. It also has a very subtle pepper flavor in there too. The mouthfeel is not overly thick but has a good body. The beer is pretty good all around. I'd drink it again.

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