614 Années | The Celt Experience

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The Celt Experience
Wales, United Kingdom

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by lacqueredmouse on 05-04-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 3
Photo of dcmchew
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%

Not the colour you'd expect, a dark brown, kinda amber, but you can easily see through it. Sorta like darker apple juice. Small white head, bubbly, that in a short time is reduced to a poor lace.
Sweet chocolate, toasted dark bread, spice, dark grapes, vanilla, but nothing too intense, the smell is pretty soft.
Starts crisp and citrusy, screaming Cascade hops (lemon rind, spicy orange peel). Gives way to some chocolate and some toasted malt, in which spicy rye is easy to detect. Faint cherry and dark grape that work well with the booze, starting to bite pretty early on. Finishes with some dried pine and herbs, earthy hop, tobacco, bittered with a tiny bit of roast too.
Light bodied for its style but also for a beer, generally speaking. Medium carbonation, keeps the spiciness up there. Aftertaste has some toast, some hop, nothing much.
Nothing too complex, some nice notes along with some underwhelming ones too, not sure what to say about it. Certainly not one to throw away, but it's not spectacular either.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A collaboration between The Celt Experience and Brasserie St-Germain, this is a rye porter. Tried on cask at Draft House in London.

Pours a dark brown colour, with a decent if oily clarity to it. Head is a frothy mess like you often get from a cask pour: huge coarse bubbles only formed from agitation. No lacing. Body is oily but slim. Looks decent enough.

Nose suggests good things: lovely spiciness from the rye giving a little aniseed note, while the malt gives toast and darker roasted notes. Vinous characters also come through touched with a hint of additional booze. Rye is subtle, but it thins it out a little and probably contributes to that light vinous acidity. Nice.

Slight capsicum characters on the front of the palate, before some smoother malt comes through. Roast is not far behind it, adding a slight harshness. Tannins also crescendo on the back, rolling over the slight boozy spice and the thinner rye notes. Lighter in the feel than you'd expect from a cask pull, especially for one this big.

Very nice. Despite the booze, it's a very drinkable brew. The complexities to it keep drawing me back, even as it stands heavy and dangerous.

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614 Années from The Celt Experience
3.57 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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