An Brain Blásta | The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Porterhouse Brewing Company
Ireland
porterhousebrewco.com

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-20-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
123
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
19.61%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
10
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 123
Reviews by cypressbob:
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3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Porterhouse, Dublin

Pours with a deep red amber body, tight slightly off white head with good retention. Some lacing down the glass

Smell, some malt, almost cask like on the nose (slightly yeasty), some sweet esters and a few floral notes

Taste, served far too cold so it really knocked alot of flavour out the window. I let the pint warm for 10mins or so, then sampled. Sweet caramel malt, some dry biscuity crispness also, a few esters lingering in the background.Very little hop profile, mainly a huge whack of malt, some yeast on the finish

A little unbalanced and unrefined, slightly harsh also but solid none the less

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of KarlMcGowan
2/5  rDev -44%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a nice detailed review written on this beer, let's go with a caramel chest nut colored ale with a light tan head forming thick bands of even lacing. Aroma has pine, herbal, citrus fruitiness that blends well with the inviting caramel malts and slightly sour notes. I explained the intricacies that the use in the hops in the nose don't transcend into to the hop flavor, a strong harsh hop bitterness was welcomed with each sip but I would like to see more cohesion like I did in the nose. The finish is green bitter dryness. Mouthfeel is ilght to medium bodied with a harsh level of carbonation, my main two issues with the beer were the carbonation and the temperature I served it at. On cask this would be Sublime I think it's time to visit Ireland, God Bless all those proud Irish out there because this beer is labeled 100% Irish brewed in Dublin of course.

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Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasty,smooth, hoppy, firm, very nice drop actually, disguises the 7% alc well. Some sweet lightly caramelly hops, and bitter-ish citric hops, i found it a bit sticky at times, but generally pretty soft in texture and as i said before, it disguises the alcohol quite well, pretty tasty.

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Photo of Ang_Olive
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. It's been a while since I've encountered this weird-ass, potential deep gash accident prone cap enclosure. WTF? Is this an Irish countermeasure to binge drinking, or something?

This beer pours a clear, dark red brick amber hue, with three fingers of densely foamy, bubbly, and slightly rocky pale beige head, which leaves a stellar array of sticky, holey cheese lace around the glass as it gently sinks away.

It smells of somewhat biscuity, sweet caramel malt, toffee pudding, complex dark fleshy fruit, demarara sugar, sultana raisins, and floral, leafy hops. The taste is rather bitter up front, but in a certain mirror-world, obfuscated way - floral, perfumed hops, mostly - with a further untethered grassiness, caramel and toffee malts, moderately sour store-brand raisins, restrained brown sugar, and a bit of stony flintiness, perhaps from the well sublimated alcohol.

The bubbles are tamed to the point of obsequious plainness, the body a sturdy medium weight, and mostly smooth, in an equally unfurnished manner. It finishes off-dry, the gritty caramel malt shedding its initial biscuit goodness, while the lingering dark sugar and somewhat boozed up leafy and weedy hops round things out.

A decent tipple, in the way of the main island's strong ales, fo sho, with the same UK malt and hop sensibilities that this brewer may not be altogether comfortable with admitting. Maybe not my favorite, vis a vis the same concept so prevalent here on our shores, but the name is cool, and I would imagine, if I were in Dublin town center, this would be a stellar alternative, to well, anything.

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Photo of Cookeeman
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of beerinabottle
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.61/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Sudsy red-orange with excellent white foam in a goblet.

Smell: Incredibly herbal, soapy smell. Extremely medicinal and old school with a resiny and ether-like background. Smoke, peat, and Scotch.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very similar to the smell. Moderately smokey peat-like Scotch with a heavy dose of medicinal herbs. Fabulous! Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and very sharp on the palate.

Overall Drinkability: Old school bliss.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear mahogany color with beige head. Aroma is malty with dark sugar and caramel notes. Taste is bittersweet and roasty. Body is quite light and fizzy. Not bad but there's not much going on.

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Photo of let8it8grow
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Iaido
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of ordybill
4.19/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an 11.2 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is an amber color with a small off-white head. The aroma is made up of toffee, hops and sweet fruit with a strong alcohol smell. The taste is mostly hops and sweet malt. A really good English Strong Ale.

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Photo of zonker17
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of rostencrantz
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Luweezy
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of AEK
2.81/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml brown bottle poured into a Hobgoblin branded pint pot.

A. A deep, almost blood orange coloured beer topped by a bubbly, slightly off-white head 1 finger thick. Head retention is good.

S. Faintly floral, musty, a little zesty fruit followed by some alcoholic heat when the beer has warmed up sufficiently.

T. Is there anything in here to taste? Pitifully bad for a beer of this strength, not even any alcoholic warmth to it. Oh dear!

M. Thin bodied considering it is a 7% ABV beer.

D. Just goes to prove that appearances can be deceiving. WHAT a let down. There is absolutely nothing in this beer to tell you it is a 7% ale, no alcoholic warmth, too thin bodied and nothing on the palate. Woefully bland, a poor performer all round.

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Photo of Branlott42
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Bottle from korguy123. Poured in to Founders tulip.

A - Medium to dark amber in colour; translucent. Half a finger of dirty white head.

S - A big floral hop aroma up front with some toffee, raisin and brown sugar notes.

T - Fairly big bitterness up front with a mix of floral and earthy hop flavours and a big sweet malt backbone. Toffee, caramel, raisin and brown sugar flavours are present.

M - Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a MacAndrew's thistle glass. Pours a dark coppery red amber with a half finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, dark and light fruit. Flavor begins with caramel and bready malt, light and dark dried fruit, developing a more nutty malt flavor and finishing with dark fruit, hints of wood and hops. A great malty body and interesting flavor progression. Flavors become more muted as the glass warms. Medium bodied with some creaminess. Some barley wine elements, but fits as an English strong ale. I will definitely return to this ale.

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Photo of tommy5
3.25/5  rDev -9%

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An Brain Blásta from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
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