Simple Malt Double Porter | Brasseurs Illimités

Simple Malt Double PorterSimple Malt Double Porter
BA SCORE
55.6%
Liked This Beer
3.65 w/ 72 ratings
Simple Malt Double PorterSimple Malt Double Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasseurs Illimités
Quebec, Canada
brasseursillimites.com

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by IronDjinn on 11-26-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,203
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
72
Liked:
40
Avg:
3.65/5
pDev:
14.25%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
7
Trade:
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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of beerhunter13
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jrenihan
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
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 duracell
2.97/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

341mL bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date.

A - Pours a dark brown color showing red hues to the light, with a huge off-white dense head. Limited lacing on the glass.

S - Smoke is dominant, blended with some malt, caramel and dark fruits at the back.

T - The smoke is slightly overpowering to my taste. Some roasted malt notes appear as it warms up.

M - Over-carbonated, with a thinner body than expected, the mouthfeel is below the average. Alcohol is quite noticeable on the palate.

O - Announced as a robust porter, this beers doesn't share much of the characteristics of a porter. It certainly lacks a smoother mouthfeel. Besides, the smoky character is too dominant and hides all the malty notes which might be present. I'm rather disappointed by the beer from Brasseurs Illimités.

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Photo of brystmar
2.36/5  rDev -35.3%
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 Amalak
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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 chickenm
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of NightINgale
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of sgtscut
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of jrempel
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Shadman
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
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 kelvarnsen
2/5  rDev -45.2%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.51/5  rDev -31.2%
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 nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of francisfilion
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a 6 pack directly at the brewery and poured one into a goblet. It was a very dark black with red reflections. Very little head but it was a burnt cream color (didn't stick around for long). There is very little effervescence in this beer.
It smells of smoked maple wood, cooked bacon, camp fire and burnt malt, which makes up a really pleasant smell.
The taste has a smoke upfront that is eased by roasted malts and finishes sweet. You can really taste the maple smoke!!
It is full bodied and good carbonation for the style.
Overall a great fall seasonal that fits with cold weather and offers something different! Great smoked double porter!!

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Photo of bylerteck
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
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 zachariaIPA
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
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 Digimaika2
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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 jbonapar
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
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 spinrsx
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
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 biglite351
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - light through center of glass, orange-brown. Tight tan head.

S - lots of fruit, smoke, caramel and malts. Bitter turn in the end.

T - smoke up front, almost Bacon like. Dried fruit and caramel through the after taste.

M - medium coating with just a slight tingle on sides of tongue.

D - good, but smoke would get old. Maybe two.

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Photo of jbone78
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
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 kwjd
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
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 Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
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 digitalvenus
4.34/5  rDev +18.9%
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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Simple Malt Double Porter from Brasseurs Illimités
Beer rating: 55.6% out of 100 with 72 ratings
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