Viven Smoked Porter | Brouwerij Van Viven

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Viven Smoked PorterViven Smoked Porter

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Viven

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mwilbur on 05-24-2012

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3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ctwinne
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -19%

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of womencantsail
3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

Dark brown color with an off-white head. Moderate smokiness on the nose with roasted malt, a touch of toasted nuts, and some coffee. Maybe a hint of chocolate on the nose. The flavor is sort of watery. A touch salty and nutty along with the smoke. Mild meatiness. A little bit of bread flavor, too. Not really very impressive.

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Photo of beergoot
3.39/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black bodied; very thick, creamy light tan head. Nice balance of smoked malt with other malt grains; gentle. Seems nearly light in body; smooth yet sublimely rich; clean. Dark, roasted taste with complimentary beechwood smokiness; nice bitterness. Hints of chocolate and dark roasted malts.

My initial taste was pretty outstanding, yet subsequent mouthfuls paled in comparison. Still, a pretty darn good beer for overall. Nice balance, fair complexity in the flavors. A good find...

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of jp312
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.76/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Jeffsta1
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice dark color, pretty tan head.

Smell is malty, smokey, chocolate, seawater, soy.

Flavor: mild, well integrated, smoky malt flavor. Little evident hops.

Moderately rich mouthfeel, fine carbonation, would prefer just a bit less.

Nice finish. Not very intense, but well integrated. Just a little hoppy bitterness finally showing through the malt and unsweetened chocolate.

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Photo of McMatt7
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Picked up a bottle from the LCBO for an entirely reasonable $2.65 CDN.

Appearance- pours a dark chocolatey brown color with some amber hues directly in the light. A decent finger or so of tan head is poured with a modest retention.nsome sparkling and sticky lacing is left behind.

Smell - plenty of roast malts, some nuttiness, some smoke and some slightly burnt butterscotch and brown sugar smells.

Taste - dense and thick roasty flavor. Plenty of smoke, some ash, and hints of nuts. Intense flavours and the smoke continuously grows after repeated sips.

Mouthfeel - full and thick, a very dense beer. Finishes exceptionally dry. Drinks like a slightly bigger beer than it actually is which is something rare.

Overall - a big and bold smokey porter, those liking a full bodied beer with smoke are bound to like this. Drinks like an imperial stouts! with a thick chewy mouthfeel and enormous body. It's good but ones the limit in a night. Worth a try though.

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Photo of Bung
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. quite a dark pour, a thin layer, pretty much just a ring of very light tan.

Aroma, dry cocoa and roast malt. Some charry smokey notes/

Taste, a faint tart plum up front, quickly goes to dark chocolate and roast malt. Some coffee and big cocoa finish. A little earthy anise. Smoked malt, if there is any, is very mild.

A little lighter in body and a slightly above average carbonation make this seem a little thin, but it coats ok. Drinks very easy as well. Alcohol is quite hidden.

Advertised as a smoke beer by the label, but really just a nice porter. Would get again.

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3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml, Rare Beer Club selections May '12
DFH Signature Glass (split between two people)

A: Pours a deep black color from the initial appearance. But then you see some reddish hues around the edges as it thins. Two full fingers of tight bubbled frothy head. Not a ton of alcohol feet as its lower ABV. There are some lacing bits.

S: Really mild smoke note. Nothing to agressive. Some chocolate hints. Maybe some char, roasted notes. Espresso. Maybe some plum.

T: Dark chocolate bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Then you get some nice roasted smoke character. Mild, nothing artificial. You get lot of dark chocolate. It's very smooth for a smoked beer.

M: Medium bodied. Not quite full. Very carbonated, helps make it more drinkable

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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Viven Smoked Porter from Brouwerij Van Viven
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