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Alice PorterAlice Porter

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Scotland, United Kingdom

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.

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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 148
Photo of somestranger
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Testing this beer well chilled, poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pouring the beer into glass creates a thick foamy head. The color is black, with a slight redish copper tone to it if you look closely against a light. The foamy head shrinks normally fast but giving the glass a twirl creates a new foamy head immediately.

S: A deep robust smell of roasted malt at first, then comes the chocolate tones, and at last you can also feel a little sour wine-tone coming forward.

T: Contrary the strong smell of roasted malt i would have expected a loaded malt-bomb to go off, but no, the taste is very well balanced with great tones of roasted malt, chocolate. Then comes the hops giving you a little bitter and dry finish that is very pleasant. Almost perfect!

M: The carbonation is put to work here giving you a nice sizzling experience which i like a lot to start with. Then comes the malt together with the hops giving you that dry bitter feeling that stays for a while.

O: A very well balanced porter that got lots of carbonation to start with. Loaded with roasted malts that together with the hops creates a great taste and mouthfeel. What i really like about this porter is that it's not that thick and pretty fresh and easy to drink a couple of!

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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 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 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 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 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 maxk
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a well chilled 330mL bottle into a snifter. The spot where it says "Batch" and "Best Before" is blank...

A: Dark brown with a sudsy, old parchment colored head. As the head settles, it leaves a fair amount of lacing.

S: Coffee, chocolate, burnt sugar, chocolate malt. There's a very subtle bit of hoppy citrus in the background, maybe grapefruit.

T: Sweet. Chocolate, caramelized sugar and roasted malts are the initial flavors. That gives way to more malt and a little bit of hop flavor. The hops ("two cross continental hop varieties" according to the bottle) remind me of what they use in their Hardcore IPA.

M: Decent body, could be a little bigger though. Well carbonated.

I'll admit that I'm not overly familiar with Baltic Porters, so keep that in mind. I do really like this beer. The pronounced sweetness giving way to subtle hops is very nice. With that said, it's not nearly as complex as the description on the bottle makes it out to be. Some BrewDog beers I have to take many sips of before I feel like I have a good sense of the flavor profile, but that's not the case here. Nonetheless, it's a very enjoyable brew.

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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 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 DocDownUnder
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml into a tumbler.

A- Nearly black with amber edges, khaki head.

S- Faint burnt roast, with strong sweet malts

T- Strong dark sweetness, brown sugar and toffee, fading to slight bitterness from roast--almost mo discernible hops. This was my first "baltic' porter, but it almost seemed like a stronger sweet brown ale.

M- Medium body, you would almost think it could be thicker due to the sweetness, but the lighter body makes it very easy to drink.

O- If I had more of the same category to compare it too the rating might be different. But this was like a good sweet brown ale.

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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 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 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 augustgarage
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of northyorksammy I believe (thanks!). Poured from a 12oz bottle into my small nonic.

Café noir colored body, possibly clear though too dark to discern capped by a lasting dense creamy head of delicate wheat colored foam. Excellent retention, thick cascading lacing.

Rich dark rye bread maltiness with a touch of raisin as well in the nose. Otherwise restrained.

Tremendous malt bomb of a palate entry with every variety of Baltic-state bread crust in full supply along with multiple tiers of toasty grain notes. Root beer, coffee, dark fruit, and vague cocoa powder emerge over time as well along with a gentle earthy bitterness for balance. Finishes malty yet relatively dry.

Rich vaguely tannic mouthfeel with even creamy carbonation. Big flavor and body for the comparatively low ABV.

A very good example of the style with a distinct English influence as well.

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Photo of Paincane
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown almost black with a tan one-finger head that leaves a ring of lace when oured into pint glass.
S: Molasses, yeast, esters, chocolate.
T: Sweet roasty malt, burnt sugar, dark red fruits and cocoa.
M: Chewy, medium bodied with light carbonation. Nice bitter finish leaves the beer fairly balanced.
O: Extremely drinkable porter that I would be glad to enjoy again.

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

Appearance is good with good very resilient head and good lacing

Smell is Belgian up front (with some banana, wheaty esters) with some roast following. Definite red fruits referred to on the label, and some juniper. Fairly sweet malt is prominent.

Taste is roast, bitterness, and more of a Belgian note. The bitterness is a touch cloying.

Mouthfeel is pretty light which is what is desired in a porter.

Overall an enjoyable beer but pricey.

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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 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 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 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 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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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 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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