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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-20-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
127
Reviews:
49
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
12.39%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
10
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of KarlMcGowan
2/5  rDev -43.7%

Photo of skaboom420
2/5  rDev -43.7%

Photo of RblWthACoz
2.41/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The caps on this brewery's bottles always strike me as funny. Lots of caramel and malts on the nose and flavor profile. It could work if it were more balanced, but unfortunately, it is not. Too much sweetness and it's cloying really. This is by far my least favorite beer from this brewery. The others I tried of theirs were much better.

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Photo of cbl2
2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance:

Orangish brown with little to no head (off white)

Smell:

Tough to discern an odor inside the bar (I was in Dublin just prior to the smoking ban), but the aroma I am getting isn't exactly pleasing.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

At first a short sharp shock of hops followed by a fruity (tropical) flavor. Finishes with a floral quality due to the hops. Not my favorite.

Note:

Woke up the next morning, with little memory of the night before. Definetly a brain blaster.

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Photo of josanguapo
2.69/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

At Cerveceria Internacional. Lunch with David. With russian salad + bratwurst + chorizo picante with rochefort montadito. In tulip glass. Some caramel but a very boring and flat brew. Served too cold. Had no foam, was it in good shape?

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Photo of Jose9e
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of drabmuh
2.76/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer is red and mildly hazy with a big off white / brownish head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass, head has nice retention overall and a great view to it. Looks like beer.

Aroma is sweet and mild with a slight roast to it, it smells fine.

Can you bottle boring? Apparently. Beer is too thin, watery, nearly no flavor, mild bitterness at the end. It's like water, big disappointment here, which is odd because I didn't have expectations. It doesn't taste bad I guess, it just doesn't taste like anything.

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Photo of AEK
2.81/5  rDev -20.8%
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 stcules
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Strong red colour, with oranged reflexes, compact foam, typical of an ale, not very persistent.
The smell is floreal and hop (hop flower), with some fruity (sweet cherry), and then caramel. Sweet, creamy and wrapping.
Medium body, sweet aftertaste, with vanilla, and bitter and toasted too!

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Photo of mdfb79
2.86/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From 08/13/11 notes. Had on tap at Balston's Rustico in Arlington, VA. Served in a tulip.

a - Pours a dark red color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Few minutes of retention and lots of lacing.

s - Smells of light fruity malts, caramel malts, and toasted malts. Not bad, but not very strong at all. Pretty average.

t - Taste has even less than the nose. Some light fruity and toasted malts, but that is about it. A step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

o - Overall not a bad or offensive beer, but just kind of there. Not much going on in either the nose or the taste. Wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of timmy2b
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of OCMutt
2.99/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Bouleboubier
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of jewellrunner
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of touchmeimsac
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of XsoldoutX
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Sk8sean86
3.02/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.11/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured into a perfect pint.

4.5 A: Clear brownish amber color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is very good and a good sized ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Minerally with earthy and lightly floral hops. Lemongrass herbalness. Roasty and toasty malts. Light caramel. Not bad.

3.0 T: Again, a big mineral component in this. Moderate hop bitterness. Earthy and spicy hop flavor. Light roast, lighter toast, and some caramel. Earthy mineral again for emphasis and maybe a big too much.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess.

2.0 D: This gets harder and harder to drink as you progress through the glass. The mineral component keeps gaining strength. One 330mL is too much and that should never be the case.

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle.Snifter glass.Enjoyed on jun´11.Reddish deep amber.Off white froth.Brief large bubbled crown.Sweet malt & floral hop aromas. Crispy upfront.Green grape flavor.Medium body,high carbonation. Pungent alcoholic mouthfeel.Very dry finish.Astringent.Harsh quincy aftertaste.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330ml bottle - $3.99 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, medium-dark brown body with a scattered layer of ivory suds.

Smell: Uninspiring malty elements of toffee, toast, and roast rounded out with notes of herb, dried lemon, and savory white pepper.

Taste: Toasted maltiness fastened to rigid roast and a low toffee-like sweetness. Hint of apricot dusted with ground white pepper. Just a touch of citrus. Medium-light bitterness. A bit more spice and a sliver of alcohol on the dry, lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation. Modestly creamy in the mouthfeel.

Overall: Drinkable but rather unexciting, it's one of those indistinct beers that, were it not for logging in these notes, I'd completely forget within a day or two.

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Photo of avalon07
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a clear texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: Not much of a smell here, but did have traces of malt in it.

T: Tasted of malt (a fair amount), a little bit of caramel, biscuits, and a surprisingly bitter, hoppy finish. In spite of all these ingredients, the flavor was pretty thin and kind of watery.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a super dry, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a disappointing beer. Not horrible, but Porterhouse has done better work in the past.

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Photo of Iaido
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of rostencrantz
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Luweezy
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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An Brain Blásta from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
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