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Brasseurs Illimités
Quebec, Canada | website

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by IronDjinn on 11-26-2009

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Avg:
3.67
pDev:
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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 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 Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mikeyv35 for this bottle awhile back. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderately deep brown with a nice tan head. Right off the bat, the nose is intensely smoky. Charred wood and flames mixed with highly roasted malt as well as faint hints of dark chocolate and espresso. The taste levels the playing field a bit, with the roast and smoke aspects of the beer combining pretty well. Medium body with some dryness and good carbonation for what it's offering. Drinks pretty well for how overpowering the nose would make it seem. All in all, a good beer.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.51/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured in to brandy snifter.

A - Poured dark brown with a lot of light, bubbly cream coloured head that slowly receded to half a finger.

S - Heavy smoke aroma up front that completely dominates the nose. Some very muted roasted malt notes are present in the background but you really have to search them out. Overall very one dimensional and unpleasant.

T - Smoke up front, as the nose indicated. Some light whiskey flavours are present as well (as I think the French label that I can't read indicates). Not much else comes through at all. A very one dimensional and unpleasant beer.

M - So heavily carbonated that I couldn't even tell what the body of the beer was. The carbonation distracted me from the the rest of the mouth feel.

O - Unpleasant. Would not buy this again.

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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 spinrsx
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a black/brown colour with an above average size frothy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some very nice lacing running in stages down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 2-3 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, chocolate, coffee, smoke

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation and it feels slightly syrupy. The taste is made up of malts, coffee/chocolate, and a smokiness. I also picked up on a slight metallic flavour. The beer finishes with a smoky coffee/chocolate aftertaste.

Drink - There was something slightly off with the taste of this beer but it was still fairly decent. I'm not sure I would drink more than 1 at a sitting. It's still worth seeking out and trying.

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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 tbeckett
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Broue HAHA.

A - Pours with a one finger, tannish kinda head that goes away to a film fast. Really, really dark red colour. Bright with tons of carbonation. Not much lacing and a small film of retention.

S - Bacony, smokey, barbequey. Dark malts. Not really the most wonderful aroma but it's alright.

T - Smokey, barbequey. Dark malts and some roastiness.

M - Good carbonation and a medium body. Sweet/smokey finish.

O/D - I have trouble with smoked beers but this is ok. Not the best and I don't really enjoy it a whole lot but it's smooth and seems technically good. Just not my style.

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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 papat444
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: At first, a dense black looking body but as the thin 1 finger head recedes, looks more brownish amber and slightly clear.

Smell: Major smoke, hickory, wood and a definite malt-like presence. Smells quite good actually. I like it a lot.

Taste: Smoked wood with hints of whiskey and more hickory. Has a discreet hop bitterness in the tail end of the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Low point for me. Very smooth and creamy textrure with quite a low carbonation. Definitely lacks a fullness to it. Not robust and full-bodied as the label claims. Still good in the palate but lacks something to make it stick.

Drinkability: Ease of consumption is good but it just doesn't grab me enough and i had troubles finishing it (left a little in the glass).

Overall: I never connected with the Calumet & Calumet Grand Chef and this one, which is basically the same recipe, is no different. I found the taste didn't live up to the aroma and the body was lacking. Still good, but not very good.

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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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Photo of argock
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 34cl brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.40.

A: Very dark brown with thin, wispy off-white head that disappears quickly and leaves rare spots of lace.

S: Intensely smoky, meaty aroma with some bitter dark malts and lighter caramel notes

T: Smoke is the biggest influence overall with more dark malt and caramel flavors mixed with a few citrus notes as well. Not much from the hops department -- maybe some leafy, earthy hops flavors but I'm guessing a little.

M: Not as robust in body as the flavor and aroma but still solid. Aftertaste is also smoky with more sweet caramel character.

D: A good porter but it is outdone by a number of others. I think this should be categorized as a smoked porter.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer a couple years back, but thought I'd re-review. Original bottles came from Freud, but this one comes from Peluso in Montreal.

From a bottle into a snifter
IBU: 28

APPEARANCE: Pours dark, chestnut brown and yields a small, medium looking, tan head with decent retention. Head quickly fades to a faint wisp and ring. A clear sienna brown in the glass with no carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp and ring remain but leave no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Dark malts, roasted notes, smoked malts and some leather notes. This is similar to their Fumee, but slightly more mild.

TASTE: Dark malts, caramel and smoked malts up front. A medium but lingering aftertaste of dark and smoked malt flavors, as well as some dark chocolaty bitterness. Good stuff, but not all that complex compared to some of their other brews.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly lower levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a touch mouth coating. Similar but slightly lighter than Fumee. Nice stuff.

OVERALL: Not nearly as good as I remember it, though that just might be because I've had the chance to try much more of their stuff, and now see how good these guys really are. A quality beer for sure, but this is very similar to their Fumee. Kind of like a Fumee Lite. Many of the same qualities are here, but the smoke is toned down slightly. An enjoyable beer, but given how excellent the rest of their stuff is, this one doesn't quite run in the same crowd.

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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 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 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 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 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 brystmar
2.36/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Brown pour, mild head that leaves sticky lace. Smells dry as hell and smokey too. Hard to find any of the roasted malt character I love.

Ashy, smokey, yeasty flavors dominate. Very dry. This beer exemplifies everything I dislike about porters and smoked beers. Let's see if the drain rejects it as strongly as my palate did...

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341mL bottle from Broue Ha Ha in Gatineau. Picked up a few of the Simple Malt series to try.

Poured into a nonic glass. Dark chestnut brew, with some ruby highlights when held to the light. Good head of cream-coloured froth, which left some streaks of lace and a nice thick circling of lace.

Nose has some robust porter malt, caramel, and a pleasant smoky peat component.

A tasty porter to be sure, that has that nice smoked flavor coming in not too heavy-handedly, and with some caramel and nuttiness to maintain some balance. Lacks depth, however - not sure where the "double" in the double porter is coming from.

Overcarbonated, which really set the brew off a great deal. Thin bodied for a porter, but easy enough to sip once the carbonation had finally subsided.

Not a bad porter by any stretch, and the smoky, whisky aspect was well done, but needs a bit of work to become something I'd regularly seek out.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Freud for this bonus (in person trade)!

341mL brown glass twist-top. No date.

Pours without much head, but some off-white suds. Mostly opaque with some reddish brown hues. Nose is dominated by smoky notes of bacon and smoldering applewood. Body is medium and somewhat sharp with hop acidity. Flavors are focused around those bacon-y, smoky ideas. Almost like a rauchbier/porter hybrid.

My French is rusty and I have very little brewing French vocab, but I get the words smoke and whiskey malt on the label.

Tasty and VERY smoky.

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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 Shadman
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has the poter look down pat. Dark, but when held up to a light it shows a nice dark cherry red. Not one to pour aggressively as it forms head amazingly quickly.

Smoke, with some peat, leather and whiskey.

Flavour follows nose to the letter. but I found the smoke to be almost over-powering. The whiskey does come into play, but to me doesn't mesh well.

Quite thin in body and a bit too 'fizzy'.

Not my cuppa for sure.

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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 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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