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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
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
148
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
17.15%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
28
For Trade:
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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 148
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Private order. Pours black, and eventually yields only a fraction of its off-white head, with lots of lace dots. Neutral aroma. Very good porter, excellent smooth drinkability, with a balanced inclusion of a little edge. A tad of burnt aftertaste. Above average mouthfeel.Recommended.

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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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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 soupçon 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 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 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 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 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 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 TheSevenDuffs
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to peensteen for this bottle. BBE 15 03 12
Poured in to Founder's tulip glass.

A - Poured dark brown with a ruby tinge and settled very dark brown, almost black with a small amount of light brown head.

S - Roasted malts, sweet milk chocolate, dark fruit and brown sugar aromas. Very robust nose.

T - Chocolate, roasted malts, burnt sugar and some dark fruit. A decent bitterness is evident and it lingers in the finish. The ABV is very well hidden.

M - Medium body, creamy. Light to medium body.

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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 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 Evil_Pidde
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours very dark, brown almost black. The tall tan creamy head dissipates slowly into little lacings.

S: Dark chocolate and strong black coffee. Sweet malt, almost syrupy. Some citric notes as well as bitter.

T: Coffee, dark chocolate and smoke. Sweet roasted malt. Vanilla.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Aftertaste lingers with nice roasted bitterness.

O: Not the best beer from BrewDog, but a nice Baltic Porter.

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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 wl0307
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coming in a slim 330ml brown bottle, BB 23/05/2013, served cool in Gulden Draak’s branded short-stemmed, tulip-shaped sniffer.

A: pours a pitch black hue, coming with a frothy light-tan head with decent retention, while the carbonation level is hard to detect, definitely not too lively.
S: the nose is deeply aromatically fruity&hoppy on top of a more settled malty body, interestingly reminiscent of French red Pineau des Charentes (an oak-aged fortified wine blended with Cognac eau-de-vie), sweet&perfumy overripe dark plum flesh, fig preserve, cocoa&vanilla beans (at times it even rings a bell of American toasted white oak chips), sweet brown toast, liquidy black sugar, with lots of hop aroma to boot… A very light tinge of sour dark fruits stays behind, but only just. On balance the nose is really perfumy, full of American or non-traditional hops hence the dominance of potent hop aroma.
T: smooth on the palate and surprisingly light-bodied, the foretaste is full of mainly ripe dark stone-fruits and lesser brown-bready malts, going smoothly and never feeling quite explosive or heavy, paving the way for a lovely toast-malty aftertaste to linger, where hints of dark chocolate, sweetened burned espresso, burned walnuts and burned sugar all lend their due share of depth/impact to the balance, with chewy hop bitterness and aromatic black malts lagging behind (50-50). The overripe-plum-like fruitiness provides a very pleasant touch of aroma as well as sourness on the balance, too.
M&O: the mouthfeel is… smooth, a bit too smooth that it doesn’t actually taste quite fresh anymore (anyhow the expiry date is just two months away, so…), but the body remains medium and the flavour profile never actually feels heavy, so all in all a balance is luckily retained. This is a very hoppy and fruity porter (particularly on the nose), and I wouldn’t categorise it as a “Baltic Porter” since this is very much a top-fermented dark ale rather than the Baltic countries’ local adoption and adaptation of good old porter. That said, I would definitely love to try it again, if I could come across a fresher batch, that is!

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Photo of wordemupg
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 10/1/12

A dark brown with cola like edges when held to the light, long lasting mocha head leaves plenty of random lace

S nutty chocolate and raisin, some leafy and herbal hops with a little cherry and faint coffee, a little charred wood adds up for a great smelling beer

T a little more dark roasted malt and fruit but other then that its pretty close to the smell but a little toned down

m a little thin but enough bubbles to fluff it up, just a little sticky on the lips and a bit of a char aftertaste

O solid stuff overall, my only complaint is that it could use some more body but its still pretty far from watery

feels like a session beer but I suppose the 6.2% would catch up to you quicker then I'd care for. Fairly priced and well worth trying

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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 dgilks
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black colour with a creamy, smooth, tan head. Good head retention.

Roasty and slightly sharp with an earthy note. Good.

Roasty with some sweetness and a nice fruity ester profile. Light caramel. Good.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Decent.

This is a nice, strong porter. Good roasty flavour and the ester profile works for me. I like it.

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Photo of Rutager
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours pretty darn black with almost a finger of creamy tan head.

Smell. Roasted malts, boozy cherry, a little bit of berries.

Taste. Roasty malts again, some dark chocolate and sweet dried cherries. A little bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel. Below medium body with medium-strong carbnation.

Overall. This was good, but I wouldn't pay a premium price for it again.

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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 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 FLima
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep black color with 2 fingers of a persistent head with a beige color.
Predominant aroma of toasted malts.
Flavor reveals more complexity, sweet toasted and smoked malts with hints of caramel and a hoppy resin and fruity taste. Also presence of coffee and plums. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium to full body, a bit oily with light carbonation and small bubbles.
A hoppy boost porter (though not exaggerated), relatively sweet but not overwhelming and packed with flavors.

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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 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 EmperorBevis
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Only a 330 ml bottle? oh okay.

Pours a lovely dark enticing drink with a ruby red hue and a nose full of kneaded bread dough and freshly ground coffee.

The head is a slight creme coffee coloured spread that seems to linger.

The powerful taste hits before the liquor pours into the mouth.

A hint of rootbeer mingles with with expresso strong coffee and dark chocolate bitterness that only comes with the purest of cocoa percentage bars.

A slightly creamy aftertaste compensates the flimsy mouthfeel, not thick enough for the full on flavour.

Most welcome, will be lovely as a winter warmer but at the cost of a pint bottle?

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Photo of peensteen
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nearly jet black, slight ruby notes, one finger of tan head, some lacing left behind. Smell is deeply roasted malt, chocolate and coffee, floral notes, berries soaked in alcohol with a moderate sugary sweetness. Taste is roasty with brown sugar, some raisin and dark fruit, bakers chocolate, fairly big hop profile, long fruitty finish, berries in the aftertaste. Light-med carbonation, med-full body, soft and lush mouthfeel, really good feel. Nice and full flavoured, easy drinking and very solid stuff, wish I had a few more of these.

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