An Brain Blásta | The Porterhouse Brewing Company

An Brain BlástaAn Brain Blásta
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An Brain BlástaAn Brain Blásta

Brewed by:
The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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

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Ratings: 128 |  Reviews: 50
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.34/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beergoot
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
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 Oxymoron
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Advertised as a English barleywine versus an English Strong listed here. Arrived a mostly merky dark drown color. Some lighter brown hues around the edges and a light red tint to it. A light ring around the glass for foam, but did remain for the tasting. But no lacing to speak of.

The nose is malty with a more caramel and light melonadian aroma. Some chocolate and a bit of brown sugar aromas as well. A bit sweet but there is no hops really to speak of to balance off of. There is a yeasty aroma but mostly clean. A bigger plum aroma with some black currant and figs in the mix. Some butter as it warms as well.

The taste is a bit more balance but still sweet and malty. The malt is similar with more of a sugary caramel note. Some sugary notes and an almost Special B like quality. The hops are very limited. No real bitterness, which would really help versus the sweetness. Some minor earthy hop notes in the finish. The yeast is very present as well. Some plums, bubblegum and weirdly enough, gummy drops. The diacetyl some out more though and really off sets some of the nice esters.

The body is moderate, but the sweetness gives it a perception that it's bigger than it really is. The sweetness is a bit of a deterrent. Some slickness as well, which really hints at the diacetyl. Overall some nice complexity but some major flaws really hold this beer back. Clean those out and now were talkin.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
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 cypressbob
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
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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3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jdhilt
3.47/5  rDev -2%
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 OneDropSoup
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
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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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 rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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 -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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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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