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Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by GONZALOYANNA on 06-22-2013

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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by Jeffo:
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3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one at the De Molen beer shop in Bodegraven.

From a bottle into a snifter
Best before 30 May 2014
IBU: 60

APPEARANCE: Clear brown pour yields a two finger, medium-thin, fluffy, light tan head with decent retention. Clear bistre brown body with medium levels of carbonation. Head fades to a splotchy wisp that remains the whole way but leaves no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Burnt grains, burnt coffee, sweet cream, tobacco and some light chocolate on the nose. Medium strength.

TASTE: Dark grains, burnt coffee with some leather and tobacco up front. Big finish with burnt, bitter coffee, ash, tobacco and some sweet cream at the back end lingers nicely on the palate. Pretty good.

PALATE: Medium body with slightly higher levels of carbonation. A little light and airy on the palate, goes down okay and finishes a touch mouth-coating. It thickens and gets fuller as it stands.

OVERALL: Not bad, and one of the better Brewfist beers, though that's certainly not saying much. Some decent flavors and carbonation that doesn't offend. Not worth the price, but worth drinking if you get it for free.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2014, so it's well out of date. Hopefully a beer of this style and strength will have improved rather than deteriorated. Purchased a while back from Trembling Madness in York.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A dark reddish-brown hue that appears pitch black in the glass. Yields a smallish head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a moment or two before subsiding to a patchy surface layer.

S: Aroma of sweet, fruity malt with hints of prunes, dried fruit, roasted malt, faint burnt grain, mild molasses, fruitcake, subtle coffee, a twinge of marzipan and stewed leaves. A warming whiff of booze lingers in the background.

T: Tastes of fruity roasted malt with a bitter finish. Notes of roasted grain, faint burnt husks, prunes, dried fruit, mild molasses, fruitcake, a touch of marzipan, yeast esters and stewed leaves. Slightly sweet, with a hint of alcohol in the background and a strident, malt-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and decent body. Could be a tad thicker for the strength. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of sweet fruity malt, roasted grain and a malty bitterness.

O: Pretty good if not exceptional. Looks OK, while the aroma and flavour are rich and fruity with a roasted malt bitterness. Body is alright but could be a shade thicker. Not too shabby yet lacking in complexity. Decent enough; that said there's no need to hunt it down.

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Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark chocolate brown with an overflowing fizzy deep beige head atop...with a gentle pour.Chocolate and brown sugar in the nose with light charred fruit as well.A bit "fizzy" in the feel wich means a little sharp.Earth and wood up front on the palate with unsweetened chocolate mild brown sugar in the finish,on the drier side.Eh the feel and the pour leaves something to be desired......

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Photo of -DF-
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dertyd
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of mikefuski17
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the bottle in a snifter. This nice little "porter" pours a muddled brownish black with a HUGE light brown head of foam that dissipates to a thick blanket of fluffy foam with great lacing and retention. Nose of black strap molasses, licorice, dark berries, cocoa, and light smoke. Flavors follow the nose with sweet molasses and cocoa followed by a dark blackberry and blueberries note that has a touch of smoke in it that fades to a light black licorice and cocoa aftertaste. HIGHLY effervescent, too much so, with more carbonation than you can shake a stick at which detracts from the overall presentation. Good but could use some tweaking to remedy the foam, and judging from others notes this is a common occurrence.


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Photo of BuddhaBrowett
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bubbles
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of ScaryEd
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap. Flute glass. Enjoyed on apr´13. Dark brown color headed by beige crown. Froth shows fairly good retention & leaves some spots on sides. Toasted & roasted malt aromas, hints of cocoa & licorice to the nose. Flavors as expected from aromas, Medium to full body. Moderate to soft carbonation. Bitter chocolate hues in the middle linger into a long bitter & herbal finish. Roasted coffee notes on the aftertaste. Delightful.

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Photo of MRsojourner
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

very dark appearance with a fluffy mocha head that sustains nicely.

smell is of powder chocolate and a hint of grass

taste is of chocolate and slightly fruity esters but leans more towards the chocolate and earthy hops initially with the dark fruits coming through in the finish.

mouthfeel is medium to full with adequate carbonation

overall I don't feel this is to "imperial" as the label suggest. The hops could be driven further in this beer to really drive home the imperial factor. not bad and fairly balanced but somehow not very striking.

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Photo of pin
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of killcore
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerdrifter
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked this up at a great little beer store in Arlon, Belgium, Miorge Mihoublon. Dark brown, nearly black pour with a quickly fading two finger caramel-colored head with minimal lacing. The nose is nutty, sweet, and boozey with hints of dark chocolate, vanilla, and roasted coffee. The taste is sweet and nutty with hints of licorice, cocoa, burnt toffee, bitter dark chocolate, vanilla, and some subtle dark fruits. The mouthfeel is rich and syrupy with medium carbonation and a bittersweet, slightly boozey, dry finish. Overall, another solid offering from BrewFist and an interesting interpretation of the style. I'd love to try this with some barrel aging on it.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of bgold86
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jdhilt
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger light tan head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Black color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Licorice and chocolate nose and flavor is baked chocolate, no yeast, higher ABV is hidden. $6.60 for a 330ml bottle from a Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

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