An Brain Blásta | The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
The Porterhouse Brewing Company
Ireland | website

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:
122
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
19.61%
 
 
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1
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10
For Trade:
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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 122
Photo of phishgator
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Porterhouse Pub. From a bottle poured into a snifter. Depp amber hue with little head and carbonation. The nose is of rich malt. The taste is sticky sweet, comparatively to a Belgian Dubbel but lacking the Belgian yeast flavor. it is instead replaced with slight tea like hops. This is definitely a beer that showcases the malt throughout.

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Photo of bnes09
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is actually pretty descent. Hazy, fig color with lots of creamy lacing. Dense caramel and dark fruit malts paired against an aggressive earthy, herbal hop. Well balanced.

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Photo of Trosevear
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Dark red, almost brown with a nice white head that stayed for a little bit and then left leaving lacing down the side that also disappeared almost to nothing.

S: Almost sickly sweet with a slight maltyNess to it. Almost smells like I'm just spelling melted caramel or toffee.

T: Also very sweet, almost a little bit of caramel, but I can't really get past the sweetness.

F: Lowly carbinationated with a full body mouth feel and leaves the taste in your mouth for a while.

O: Quite nice actually but a little to sweet for me.

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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 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 CalgaryFMC
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Single 330 ml bottle poured into a tulip. A flat reddish brown with a finger or just a hair under of bright beige foam, somewhere between frothy and creamy. Sweet malt and fruit aroma with a dash of floral, woody hops ... A toffee and nutty bread base ornamented with raisins and pears. Surprisingly light bodied, at least subjectively speaking, and moderately fizzy, but delivers a big brown sugar, orchard fruit, and brown bread flavor with some added herbal hops. Pears and old brown apples, peach, pretzels, a dry woodiness, and a decent bloom of alcohol. Maybe skews more bready and woody than sweet per se. Finish is dry, more wood and alcohol. A wee bit of oxidation that does not detract. Its English all right but not as rich and redolent as the true classics. Nice of them to print the constituents on the label. The grain bill resembles that of a stout qualitatively if not quantitatively. The hop bill explains the rustic herbal notes.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, raisin, apple, pear, toast, brown sugar, light roast, bread, herbal, woodiness, and toast/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, raisin, pear, apple, toast, brown sugar, bread, toffee, light roast, herbal, woodiness, and toast/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy/woody bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, raisin, pear, apple, toast, brown sugar, bread, toffee, light roast, herbal, woodiness, and toast/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hop, and fruity yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, lightly creamy, and fairly crisp/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice Engish strong ale. Good complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on. This bottle was lightly oxidized, but was a nicely enjoyable offering.

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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 wordemupg
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml pull tab bottle poured into tulip 29/1/14

A hazy dark amber with some ruby when held to the light, a finger of tan foam sits around far a few sips leaving some polka dot specks of lace

S green apple, toffee, cotton candy, butterscotch, some herbal notes, smells a little sour though, nothing bad but nothing great either

T spicy hops, caramels are soft, not as much sour apple, some bread, still lots of herbal notes, better then the nose but a little average

M silky upon entry and creamy from the bubbles, has some body to it and some English hops linger, perhaps a highlight

O OK brew but nothing to write home about, the nose left something to be desired and other then the solid feel it didn't really excel anywhere

another decent but brew that I wont remember, I could see some people loving the "English balance" and raving about this one but its a one and done for this guy

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Photo of Flounder57
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz beer was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger hear that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with good clarity and bubbles seen coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Really fruity. Raisins, caramel, toffee, brandy, and toasted malts.

Taste: Raisins, toffee, caramel, brandy, mild hop bitterness, and some bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, low to medium carbonation, and a little bitterness.

Overall: This strong ale is almost borderline with an English barleywine. Fruity, malty, and delicious.

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Photo of metter98
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy deep amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Rather complex aromas of brandy, raisins, toasted malts and toffee are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and also has hints of earthy yeast and a light amount of bitterness, the latter of which which masks any sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Slight bits of warming are perceptible.
O: I enjoyed the complexities in the smell and taste of this beer. It is relatively easy to drink but pleasant enough to sip.

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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 MDDMD
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-copper color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-toffee, malt, floral, hint of dark fruit

T-sweet malt, toffee, brown sugar, raisins, floral, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth

O-interesting ale, flavors are decent but balance is off

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Photo of beergoot
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark, copper-colored body topped with a thick, foamy, white head. Heady caramel aroma with a twinge of spicy, pine-like hop aroma. Light caramel malt flavors with a tingling alcohol aftertaste. Thin, kind of watery body; mostly dry finish.

Doesn't live up to first impressions - looks good and smells promising. More boozy than flavorful and fairly weak body.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Got this for a great price mixed and matched for $1.75

A - Somewhat clear deep red brown, with a 1/4 inch of head, very sticky off white head.
S - Wow has a somewhat chestnut rum smell with a touch of sour cherry and brandy.
T - Somewhat dry and very bitter that last long into the finish with hops. The caramel and toffee notes are minimal but its overall smooth.
M - Very dry and medium bodied.

Overall its a very hoppy and dry old ale, unfortunately I like my old ales less dry and sweet so I will not be getting this again.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger cream head that fades very slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Deep clear copper/amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Toasted malt nose and flavor is toasted malt and some caramel. $4.99 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Porterhouse Brewing 'An BrainBlasta' , an English Strong Ale @ 7.0% , served from an interesting 330 ml bottle with a pull tap bottle cap , purchased for $3

A-pour is an amber/gold from the bottle , into the glass dark amber with little to no head along the pint glass

S-sweet smelling , fruity

T-dry hoppy , dark fruity , sweet malt

MF-medium carbonation , medium/full body , dry bittersweet finish on the palate

Ov-ok beer , we bit harsh on my palate , maybe not my favourite style of beer

sampled alongside 'Plain Porter' & 'Oyster Stout' also from Porterhouse Brewing

prost LampertLand

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Photo of RblWthACoz
2.41/5  rDev -32.5%
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 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 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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Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a nice looking reddish brown color. The head was a cream color and had a pretty good retention to it. The lacing wasn't bad either. The smell of the beer had a bigger hop profile than I expected. The amount of malt used was in there also to give this beer a really nice aroma. The taste was nicely balanced with the toasted malts as well as the lively hops. The mouthfeel of this beer was really drinkable. Overall this beer is worth trying. It was actually much better than I expected it to be.

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Photo of korguy123
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330cl bottle into tulip.
First of all I have to say that was the most fun opening a bottle of beer ever!

A- Clear dark ruby red with brown highlights. Finger and a half off white creamy head and fantastic lacing.

S- Dark stone fruits, strawberries, mandarin oranges, brown sugar, vanilla, pineapple, pear and grapes. Slight burnt toast and a little on the boozy side.

T- Dark roast, the hops stick out the most it's really quite hoppy. More than I was anticipating. Grapefruit and a touch of vanilla. The stone fruits are minimal cutting way back on the sweetness.

M- Light to medium bodied, great carbonation helps wash away any chance of it being too boozy.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip pint: Deep amber, approaching brown, with a finger of off-white head that drops to a thick, splotchy covering with splotchy lacing. Light amber highlights.

A little dried fruit in the smell (apple, pineapple), baking bread, a little buttery, a little peppery.

Taste has more dried fruit with a dry, fruitpeel character that's somewhat tannic. Again, slightly buttery, tea-like character. Bitterness is very flat & straight, finishes & lingers a long time.

Medium-light-bodied, slightly flinty, dueling dryness & sweetness, pretty bitter & dry long into the aftertaste, more tannic feel.

Not bad, a little quirky without being terribly memorable, aftertaste kind of burns me out.

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Photo of drpimento
4.55/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty good brew. Poured slightly cold with a nice, tan, creamy, thick head that soon settles to a light cover and loads of sticky lace. Color is a clear bronze with the ocassional, slow, lonely bubble trail. Aroma is malt, toffee, caramel, burnt sugar, dark ripe fruit. Flavor's like nose, is bitter up front, sweet in back and great carbonic tang to complete the picture. Body and carbonation are spot on. Finish is like flavor, sweetness tapers to a long bitter end, no alcohol buzz. Very drinkable beer. Wish I had more.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
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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An Brain Blásta from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
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