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Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Jeffo on 04-25-2014

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by woemad:
Photo of woemad
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

11.2oz bottle purchased at 99 Bottles in Federal Way, Washington, for $3.99. Listed on BA as a “Foreign/Export Stout,” this says porter on the label. I purchased this solely to satisfy the inner ticker with a beer from Israel. According to the label, this was brewed as part of “Lot: 0617A,” or something to that effect, and was brewed “with water from the Sea of Galilee.” I’m reasonably certain I’ve seen that on no other beer label. Also, the neck label features the name of the brewery in Hebrew lettering, and below it, in English, “Israeli Boutique Brewery.” I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen any brewery referred to as a boutique before, either.

Poured a dark brown color, with a sudsy inch or so of mocha-colored foam on top. After three or four minutes, said head dropped to a foamy skiff and left no lace whatsoever.

The nose was faintly roasty, with some brown sugar notes along with a little whiff of what reminded me of toffee.

Sweet and brown sugary, with a modest amount of coffee bitterness. Not as dry as a typical porter, but kind of bland.

Carbonation seems okay, but the mouthfeel is a little thin.

Interesting from a ticker’s point of view, but not much more than that. Drinkable in a bland way. Seems more like a brown ale than a porter. Were I to convert from Agnosticism to Judaism, I might take comfort from its Kosher nature, but otherwise I can’t come up with any compelling reason to buy this again.

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Photo of bulldogg915
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of chinchill
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into a goblet.
Not merely a solid porter, this is an excellent one. It has an ABV, flavor and aroma profile leaning toward an imperial porter or Export Stout. Excellent balance and very good complexity. Higher ABV is hidden excepting some inevitable warming. The aroma is fruitier and even more enjoyable than the fine flavor. There are dates, raisins and other dark fruits in the flavor, with hints of toffee, vanilla, and dark breads. In ends with dark roasted grains, light smoke, faint coffee, toast, and some dark fruits in the finish and aftertaste. Lightly sweet up front and (bitter/sweet) balanced in the finish. Very smooth, near full body.

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Photo of ordybill
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is pitch black with a very thin tan head. The aroma is licorice or maybe a toffee smell. The taste is a slightly bitter roasted malt flavor. A good foreign/export stout.

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Photo of russpowell
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a chestnut hued mahogany with a pinky of tan head. Average head retention & slightly better lacing

S: Roasty, currants & figs

T: Follows the nose, dryness as well, a little coffee up front. A touch of carob as this warms, more roastyness, more currants & a little bit of figs too, some leafy hops as well. Finishes, roasty, fruity & dry

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, smooths out as this warms

Drinks easy, a nice porter that hides its ABV well

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Photo of jason_nwx
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a thin khaki head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of sweet toasted malt, molasses, mild dark dried fruit. Flavor is semidry biscuit and toasted malt, hints of chocolate, dates and figs, finishes with light, but smoothly integrated dried fruit and the same biscuity toasted malt profile. Medium bodied with good carbonation. On BA as a stout, but labelled as a porter and has characters of both. The laid back flavor is more like a porter, but I have to say the malt profile and overall taste are quite like a foreign stout. A mild foreign stout or porter. Nothing really stands out, but the flavor is nice and well balanced. I wouldn't mind running across this again and a pleasant surprise from an area not known for a lot of craft beer.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Alexander Black has a thick, foamy, beige head, a dark brown (with lighter brown highlights) appearance, visible tan chunks roiling about, and fairly substantial lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of dark, sweet, brown bread crust, and the flavor is of sweet, slightly charred, dark-roasted malt, balancing hop bitterness, and a touch of sugar and acid. Mouthfeel is medium to full, and Alexander Black finishes wet and sweet.


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Photo of Zorro
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear black colored ale with a small brown colored head.

Smells strongly of caramel and molasses with a slight raisin scent. Faint chocolate and cake scents.

Starts out fairly sweet and tasting of raisin and molasses. Tastes more fruity than it smells fairly strong grape flavor. Mild bitterness levels this is a malt forward ale. Strongest flavor here is the grape.

Mouthfeel is average.

Overall a tasty ale and a rarity being from Israel.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.56/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Boulevard snifter glass.

Extremely sweet alcohol laden toasty aroma.

Pours a dark brown almost black liquid with decent tan head.

Very nice flavor. Lots of sweet chocolate, raisins, spices - maybe a tinge of black pepper and licorice. Nice medicinal notes. Some coffee and lots of molasses.

Very smooth and thick mouthfeel.

This one is very good. I recommend it. The best Israeli beer I've had thus far.

A few side notes for those interested...

1. The Hebrew characters on the front of the bottle are a literal transliteration in Hebrew of "Alexander" - Spelled out it would be "Alef lamed chef samek nun dalet resh"

2. The brewery is located in northern Israel, about one mile east of the Mediteranean Sea and 20 miles southwest of the Sea of Galilee. The brewery is named after Nahal Alexander, a stream that is near the brewery. Also important to note is that the brewery is located in Israel proper and not in an Israeli settlement.

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Vixie
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty much black with a bit of a dark tan head. The head doesn't stay around long, leaving some lacing across the top.

Bit of a sweet smell, like toffee or caramel. Bit of a roasted character to it, giving just a hint of chocolate

Kind of sweet up front, more like fruit. There is some caramel there, a slight hint of chocolate as well. There is a touch of bitterness, giving it a bit of a dark chocolate flavor at the finish.

Feel is a little watery, although the carbonation livens it up a bit going down.

Overall a decent beer. Wasn't an easy one to try, and glad I got to try it, as not many beers come from Israel. It has a nice flavor to it, and more drinkable than you'd think from how dark it is. Worth a try if you can find it.

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Photo of Mojo
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of animal69
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of flr0605
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of flagmantho
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 330mL bottle into a clear mug.

Appearance: rich, deep dark brown with apparently a fair bit of haze to the body. Head poured a finger of tan foam. It bills itself as a porter, so that's how I'm going to review it. By that standard, it's a pretty attractive beer.

Smell: sweet and malty with plenty of caramel and toffee character. It's not especially complex, but it is nice.

Taste: again, caramel and toffee with a little bit of ashy roastiness. Bitterness is quite low. It's not bad if you like a sweeter beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a decent creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this is a pretty drinkable beer. I wouldn't call it a stout, but it definitely drinks well as a porter, if a bit on the sweet side.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Doopie brought this one out for a random beer night. Apparently it's the best stout in Israel. Cheers man!

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Clear brown pour produces a one finger, medium-thicker looking, creamy, light brown or beige head with great retention. Brown body with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full wisp and a bubbly ring. Slight wisp remains but leaves no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of chocolate, milk chocolate, lightly roasted coffee and some cocoa. Good stuff.

TASTE: Lightly roasted up front with lots of milk chocolate all over the swallow. Medium and lingering aftertaste of milk chocolate and a bit of bitter, dark coffee and roasted malts. A bit one dimensional with all the milk chocolate, but it's still rather nice.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. A bit creamy on the palate, goes down a touch prickly and finishes dry. Okay.

OVERALL: I can definitely see why this is the best stout in Israel. Surprisingly good and enjoyable, though it might be a light bit one dimensional. One I was happy to try and would gladly drink again if offered. Thanks again for the brewskies Doops!

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Photo of Pens1967
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lysergicdream
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

interesting enough little beer here, advertised to me as a porter. i have had hardly any craft beer from israel, so this is a cool experience regardless. not quite enough head on the pour, but a dense matte black shade is appealing enough. aroma shows a little oxidation, a suggestion of it being less fresh than it might be overseas, but not offensive at all. almost flattering to the very dry dark malt profile, that has almost no fruitiness or sweetness to it like these sometimes have. what it does have though is a deep roast, bitter and ashy, as well as an appreciable almost english tasting yeast character that also doesnt hate the little bit of oxidation that is present in this particular bottle. im not sure its worth 12 bucks at a bar, but i have never seen it available here in the states before, so worth trying once at least for the experience. somewhat simplistic, but well enough made. more bubbles would help it, it gets a little bland late, but its pretty solid overall, especially in cooler weather...

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled on 7/22/15. Picked this one up while we were in Estes Park/Loveland, Colorado last Saturday. Comes in a 330ml (11.2 ounce) nice looking bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a pitch-black in color with about a good 1- finger foamy/creamy beige head. Ring-like lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of dark roasted malts with a hint of black licorice. Pretty much is said for the taste as well with some brown sugar in the mix also. Very slight bitter finish that doesn't least more than like 2 seconds. Smooth and creamy. Great brew overall. Medium-bodied with lower carbonation. Overall, I really liked this brew.

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Photo of Alexrdvz
2.94/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BILF
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of ScotB260
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Delirium Tulip. Minimal head with the pour, but maintained slight lacing throughout my enjoyment.

Typical blackish porter color.

Smell is also atypical of roasted maltiness.

Taste was also standard porter fare. A real lack of character compared to other porters.

Overall, a good beer. Nothing I would go clamoring for though...

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Alexander Black from Alexander
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 25 ratings