An Brain Blásta | The Porterhouse Brewing Company

An Brain BlástaAn Brain Blásta
BA SCORE
35.2%
Liked This Beer
3.54 w/ 128 ratings
An Brain BlástaAn Brain Blásta
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
Ranking:
#37,885
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
128
Liked:
45
Avg:
3.54/5
pDev:
12.43%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 128 |  Reviews: 50
Photo of BoljaBoy52
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of timmy2b
2.88/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ShaneHarris
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of lillitnn92
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Honeybourne
3.64/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of KC9LDB
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

Photo of Darthkav
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of JayJohnston
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Exeter
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of beerinabottle
3.84/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of rostencrantz
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of windypete
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of jscal10
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +4%
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 Iaido
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of dryndantheman
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Vsarmatov
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of thekkk
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.61/5  rDev +30.2%
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 -1.4%
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 alienlifeforcecube
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Jose9e
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Flounder57
3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
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 Bandi
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

An Brain Blásta from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 35.2% out of 100 with 128 ratings
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