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Brewed by:
Brasseurs Illimités
Quebec, Canada | website

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by IronDjinn on 11-26-2009

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72
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
17.98%
 
 
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Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 72
Photo of digitalvenus
4.34/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A richly-coloured, deep chocolate brown body paired with a generous amount of creamy, dark head which disperses quite rapidly, leaving a slight ring.

S: A lovely burnt smoky wooden smell, with hints of dark coffee roasts & dark chocolate.

T: An initial intense burnt smokiness paired with notes of malt whiskey, dark coffee and bitter dark chocolate. Perfection.

M: Medium body, slightly dry with a great smoky after-taste that lingers.

D: Definitely one of my favourite smoky beers to drink.. especially pairing it up with smoked gouda cheese and olive bread. A bit thicker body would make it better, but no complaints here.

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Photo of droomyster
4.26/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with almost no foam except for a small layer of swamp colored bubbles. This beer has beautiful aromas and flavors. Smells big on smoked ham and gamey meats, with espresso and roastiness slightly less apparent than the smokiness. Flavors are big and smoky, reminiscent of burnt sausages, dark chocolate, and coffee. I enjoy this beer quite a bit.

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Photo of 2_Shaynez
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

341ml bottle to porter glass. Make sure you're in good lighting to not mistake the color. Black at the top of the glass, but a dark rich amber towards the bottom of the glass. Nice looking. 2 fingers of light mocha head which dissipate moderately before even commencing to drink. Some lacing patches

N: WOW! So out of the ordinary I don't know how to describe it. Very nutty, a strong beef jerky, meaty, bacon smokiness is so dominant and inviting. An uncommon nose that makes you impatiently want to know what on earth it tastes like

T: Smoky and Nutty at first, which turns into a chocolatey roasted malt finish.

M: Not as full-bodied as a stout, but still nice and rich. low to low-medium carbonation makes this smooth and easy to taste

O: Really happy I picked this up. One of the better simple malt brews. Must warn all that this is smoky, delicious, but you need to like some smokiness or you may not be a fan...However, this might be a one time thing for me as an IPA guy

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Photo of kwjd
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased yesterday from Peluso in Montreal. Pours a dark brown colour with hints of amber. Thick off-white head, leaves traces of lacing down the glass. Smells of chocolate, roasted malt, and a hint of the promised smoke. Nice roasted bitterness in the flavour with the smoke coming through more in the aftertaste. Body is a bit thinner than I expected since it is called a double porter, but still nice to drink. Another great beer from this brewery.

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Photo of biegaman
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Simple Malt Double Porter looks a little too light to have 'double' in its name; the sides of this coal black beer are aglow with chestnut highlights and transparency, though limited, does exist. The head is standard size (though does splatter the glass with a couple extra reams of lacing).

The aroma has an unmistakable 'whiskey'-like personality: smoke, dry wood and vegetal, lightly briny peat. The more typical porter-like qualities of chocolaty roasted malt and coffee are there too but take a backseat to the aforementioned. It's a really nice bouquet that demands to be nosed for some time.

The peaty, smoky, somewhat briny presence of whiskey is perfectly integrated into the dry, roasty characteristics of a traditional English-style porter. The balance couldn't be any better, though all flavours are really quite mild. This is not a big, overwhelming porter by any stretch of the imagination...

Indeed, 'Double Porter' is a little misleading of a name given the alcohol clocks in at a slightly stronger but still very reasonable 6.4%. Not to mention it lacks any burnt or particularly rich flavours and drinks with the easy sessionability of a standard stout or porter; a pint wouldn't be hard for me to finish.

Simple Malt Double Porter is where London meets Inverness. It is a perfect cold, wet, windy, grey weather beer that uses Islay as a spiritual guide to fill one's belly with delicious joy and transport the imagination to Scotland's rough, wind-swept and jagged shores. What a wonderful trip!

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Photo of Tim2000
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341 mL brown bottle.

Dark brown with a thin tan head that dies down quickly.

Aroma is smoky with hints of molasses.

Starts off sweet with molasses and burnt sugar but is quickly overtaken with smoky campfire flavours and charred wood. Hop bitterness picks up slowly and lingers. Slight alcohol bite. Fairly low carbonation.

Overall, a tasty beer but a bit one-dimensional.

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Photo of jbonapar
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this fine Quebec beer from The old Jovi (now Omni) in Quebec.

Poured a dark brown with a thick beige head. Wonderfull lacing and creamy pour.

Smell: Malty, low on the smoke and some mild bready overtones

Taste: wonderfull. this is one of the nicest smoked beers I've had. My first smoked porter. Starts almost sweet with a hint of dark candied fruits and then drifts towards a maltly/chocolaty desert which was smoked on the BBQ! Reminds me of a chickory smoke. Very very intersting. I like that the smoke is not overpowering at all. It really blends well with the Chocolate malts.

Overall, i'm very impressed, moreso than I expected. Quebec is without a doubt producing some of the best beers in the world, and to me this brewery is really making a run for one of the best in quebec. Bonne Journe!

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Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Black with no light coming through. Some tan head and limited lacing.

S. It has a charcoal and smokey scent to it, very heavy. Nice. Almost in the same vein of a Schlenkerla.

T. It seems like it's trying to be like a Schlenkerla, but a bit too carbonated and bubbly and a bit too much malt and even chocolate to. Unfortunately it is lacking a kick to its flavor. It's tame almost like a soda.

M. Bubbly. Mildly refreshing.

O. I feel like this beer--while very good--just missed being a great brew. Just a bit to tame for something that wants to have an intense bacon feel to it.

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Photo of zachariaIPA
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black with a finger of tan head with very little lacing.

Notes of smoked malt and boozy chocolate. Though the smoke and peat is not too assertive. The beer really opens up at the right temperature

Would go great with some bbq'd meat. Overall, one of the better beers I've had from Simple Malt.

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Photo of Rutager
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Always happy to try a new beer from Quebec. Thank you, Jeffo!

Appearance. Pours dark brown with a little red and half a finger of off white head.

Smell. Roasty malts, chared ocean drifwood, dark unsweetened chocolate. Interesting for sure.

Taste. Smokey old wood, some roasty malts, slightly acidic.

Mouthfeel. Below medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall. Smokey porter here, but not sure if I'd call it a double. Nice beer in any case.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and not much lacing. Aroma of smoked is quite dominant with some notes of roasted malt also noticeable. Taste is dominated by a nice mix of smoked malt with a little touch of roasted malt. Body is bit thin and beer would be better with a fuller body with good carbonation. Very well done with loads of smoked malt but I think this beer would be even better with more roasted malt and a fuller creamier body.

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Photo of Long813
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dated: NA
From: Zorprime, 341 ml

A; Dark brown body with two fingers of dark mocha head. Head dissipates rather quickly, leaves minimal lacing and contains black sediment.

S: Burnt wood smokiness, bitter chocolate and coffee roasts. Very pleasant aroma utilizing the smoke to enhance the flavours instead of being the main attraction.

T: Much like the aromas, there is a huge burnt smokiness followed by subtle flavours of chocolate and coffee. Also has some bread notes giving a fuller flavour.

M: Medium-light bodied, medium-low carbonation. Leaves an interesting smoked after taste and has a slight sense of alcohol.

D: My favourite smoked beer my far. It's a nice combination of porter and smoke making it easier to drink and more pleasurable. Texture was a bit thin, but none the less. A great beer from QC, thanks again Zorprime.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 341 ml brown bottle. Pours out an impressive dense deep dark brown, practically black and opaque (but not quite....). Rich mahogany highlights when held to direct light, plus a deep garnet spotlight. Tall loose creamy beige head that slowly settles.

Meaty, intense smokey notes on the nose, bittersweet acidic notes too.

Things round out in the flavour, soft burnt malt, a dry dark chocolate on the finish, faint smoked and wood notes linger on in the aftertaste. Sweet notes pop in and out of the whole weave of the flavour in an intermittent manner.

Mouthfeel starts out somewhat light, fullness builds towards the finish, while the carbonation remains low throughout.

A porter that is greater than the sum of its parts, not as enjoyable when picked apart, as it seems a bit one-dimensional on the surface, yet I thoroughly enjoyed this Double Porter, and salute the spirit of Bieropholie that lives on through this. A huge thanks to Goldorak for bringing me a bottle of this to Alberta to sample.

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Photo of meatyard
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, deep mahogany with a 3-finger, milk chocolate head that falls to a cover leaving just a few spots of lace.
The smell is smoky, very much so.
The taste is also very smoky to start, smoky in the middle, ends smoky and has a smoky aftertaste. Along the way, there are slight notes of chocolate.
Mouthfeel is thin with just moderate carbonation.
Drinkability is good if smoked beers suit you as they do me. There's just a bit more than one thing going on here but not a lot more. Still, I like it.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice rocky head, like a freshly poured A&W root beer from the tap, all clingy and firm. The color is a deep dark chocolate brown.

Just about all smoke in the nose, although very subtle dark bread and coffee characteristics peek through. No more or less one-dimensional than a hyper-hopped ale, this clearly states its intent even before it touches the lips.

This is a robust, smoky porter, with elements of bittersweet baking chocolate and dark roast coffee giving depth to the flavor. Something like charred grilled meat enters in, adding a husky character to this already manly brew. The key here, and the reason I very much like it, is that nothing is overdone--the tongue isn't beaten into submission by total char, and it's not so overly bitter that all natural sweetness from the malt is lost.

Round and smooth and silky, the texture is very nice as well. It could probably be called "thin," but this is exactly what ups its drinkability, helping this burly beer glide over the tongue and down the throat rather nicely.

I hoped this wouldn't be a smoke-drenched disaster, and it's not. It has subtlety and depth of character, and, most importantly of all, a comforting flavor profile. Makes me wish this was bomber size, as this is about as drinkable as an overtly smokey beer can get.

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Photo of Phillyphilms
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a Chimay glass.

A- Pours a nice dark wood brown with a small tan head that begins at much less than a finger and reduces to a tiny ring after a minute.

S- A nice toasty nose, lots of smokey malt with subtle scents of nuts, dark chocolate and coffee.

T- Nice porter here. Very smoke malty-ness to this which is balanced by a 6.4 abv. More hops that I would expect which was nice addition and adds to it's character.

F- Medium body, nice bite from the alcohol and the smoke lingers. Good drinkability, well balanced and tasty.

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Photo of timtim
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

deep, dark brown with maybe some mahogany highlights. tan head holds for a bit and then diminishes to a collar. nose is fireplace, maple and savory with a touch of roasty, a touch of chocolate, a hint of coffee and an ever so slight hop presence in the mix. taste carries a very good balance, with the malt that has been twice smoked (once over peat wood and once over ash wood) taking the main role. the other flavors dance in the middle and the finish shows off what the whiskey malt does, leaving a dry woodsiness as it goes. was expecting more body, and a little more chocolate/coffee/plain old porter taste. sort of one dimensional, making it hard to drink too many, but still a fun taste of "smoke". way overpriced here in the states as well.

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Photo of Viggo
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle picked up at Peluso.

Pours a hazy dark brownish red, some orange highlights in the corners, pretty thick light tan head forms and slowly settles down to a thick ring around the glass, some lace spots stick.

Smell is neat, sweet and malty, some smokey character, beef jerky, some caramel and dark fruit, wood, earthy, lots of campfire character, pretty neat.

Taste is similar, quite sweet up front, grapes and caramel, some honey, biscuits, very smoky, beef jerky and campfire, a bit of raisin and dark fruitiness, some grape and sherry, pretty nice smoke character in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Nicely smoky, not overdone, well balance and easy drinking.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is brown color. More like a dark brown than a light black. The head is made of big bubbles and disappear quite fast, to leave only a thin film of fine bubbles. The aroma is smoky with some roast... and something else. The label says it has some whiskey touch, it is probably that. The taste is roast/smoke... Nice. A good bitterness at the end, it starts slow and finish high. As the beer warms up, the smoke is taking more place in the taste. Medium body, this is a very good session Porter.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle says pint. I felt like a tulip.

A- Darkest brown (pretty much appears black). Very little head at first and now only a thin half ring or crescent.

S- Roasted grain and smoky malt. Ethanol. Dried date.

T- The smell plus some water diluted whisky. Surpised me with some nice fresh hops. Caramel and what I think could be diacetyl. Bitterness seems to be a good mix of hop and roasted malt.

M- Enjoyable if not a bit watery. Medium to low carbonation is alright.

D- Good. That's all I can think of.

Not delicious but solid. I would drink more of this.

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Photo of grub
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled march 14/2010.

pours deep dark brown with a small dense tan head. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is good. big smokey character. bit of coffee and dark chocolate. toasted whole wheat bread. biscuit and cracker. hint of alcohol. slightly salty character to the smoke.

taste is nice. nice big smokey character. dark chocolate. hint of coffee. dark toasted whole wheat bread. biscuit. bit of cracker. just a hint of alcohol. touch of caramel.

mouthfeel is good. medium-large body. nice smooth medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. good smokey character. a tasty smoked porter.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep dark copper when held up to light. A good inch of milky bubbly head that quickly fades to a tan blanket.

S: Lots of smoke and malty-sweet aromas of caramel and toffee. Dark fruit notes of cherries and plums.

T: Like drinking a campfire. Caramel tasting roasted malts, with the smokiness lingering in the finish. Hints of chocolate and coffee.

M: Standard porter-like viscosity. Medium carbonation

D: Quite easy-to-drink, although the smokiness would limit my evening to maybe one or two of these. Overall very decent and tasty.

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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant porter that's nicely drinkable. Pours very dark brown chocolate colour, not much head and maybe affected by a few months' cellaring in that regard. A little roasty and whiff of smoke. Nice with barbeque meal. Mouthfeel middling and it was smooth creamy, although I expected this to be thicker for the declared porter style. Not significantly smokey, but its there.

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Photo of jbone78
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A buddy gave me this for a birthday beer. I still have more birthday beer to drink. He brought it to me from Virgina.

Poured nearly black with about a finger of fizzy head. Smells of Charcoal and malt. Tastes a little too roasty and smokey. Maybe too much black malt or somehthing. There is some chocolate flavors, but it's more of the bitter chocolate, which is fine, I'm just trying to describe the bitter/black malt taste. And a touch of vanilla at the end, nice touch. Medium carbonation and a farely smooth finish makes this one pretty good. I would buy this on a night like tonight when the temperatures are dropping.

And if I could buy it here.

-Bye

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Photo of jrenihan
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somewhere between very dark brown and a light black with brownish hints. Small tan head that recedes quickly.

Smell contains chocolate, smoke, peat, tart cherry. Quite nice.

Smoke, chocolate, roasted malt in the taste. A bit of the cherry from the nose, but not as much as I was hoping for. Smoke is strong but not overpoweringly so.

Medium bodied, lighter than expected. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, pretty good. Enjoyed the bottle.

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