Pepper Steak Porter | BrewCult

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Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by laituegonflable on 07-11-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by danieelol:
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4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with slightly tanned white head and great lacing.

OK, when I heard this beer's name I thought this was going to be a typical porter with some smoked malt. No...They've gone for the actual pepper here. A huge, strong note of herbal pepper. There is a bit of a roasty, slightly smoky quality behind it but it's mainly about the pepper. Bit of tar, vegemite and umami. Almost has a delicate meaty note to it too. like eating straight marijuana...with a bit of roast malt. Strongly herbal, quite pepper-y.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy with a decent body and a good amount of carbonation, just what you want for a beer of this nature. There is a residual pepper in the aftertaste which I personally enjoy. It's more noticeable than in some "chilli" beers I've had.

Weird beer, definitely confounded my expectations. For a novelty beer it is excellent. BrewCult continue to be one of the premier Australian brewers.

As a side note, I'm not entirely sold on its classification here as a "Smoked Beer". Maybe the name implies that but a simpler classification of "Porter" is more borne out by the beer itself.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours very dark brown with a large lasting head.
Nose shows pepper, smoked malt, meaty notes, soft roasted malt. Very savoury-seeming.
More pepper as a flavours alongside the smoked malt but the roasted notes are a lot stronger than in the aroma. The name says it all.
Carbonation is excessive.

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Photo of Rwalford74
4.56/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of Hyperionecta
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at GABS festival, May 2014.

Pours a brown colour with a red edge. Quite cloudy, with nice head of tan foam. Bit pale, but looks lovely.

Smell is quite roasty, really. Spicy coffee characters with a touch of red wine and a fair whack of bitter spice. Some herbal notes and a subtle touch of smoke. Not bad.

Taste is pleasant, and far heavier on the smoky character. Woody, almost smouldering smoke character pervades throughout. Touch of sweet spice rub with pepper and a touch of red wine. Meaty. Spicy. Pleasant.

Body is a little thin, allowing the carbonation to fizz through. Tad unfortunate.

Nice spicy beer, almost chilli hot at times but lots of nice charry meat and smoke flavours. Great drop.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The vegan friendly Pepper Steak Porter from BrewCult sounds exactly like the sort of thing I (being a wistful meat-doting vegetarian of 4 years) would love. Fact: I haven't had a pepper steak for about 5 years. I was, in my carnivorous days, quite enamoured with a nice rare pepper steak (it ended badly for the steak btw). This beer may be the liquid answer to my meaty prayers... or it could be shite *bottle opening sound* only one way to find out.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Presents a clear black (actually dark ruby) body with a foamy 1cm khaki head. Certainly looks like a decent porter then.

S: Aromas of hickory smoke (since when is pepper steak hickory smoked?) with a touch of pepper, roasted coffee and earthy hops. So far it lives up to its moniker, more than can be said for a multitude of beers out there.

T: That smoke really stands out in the flavour (at near Rauchbier proportions!). There is a nice spicy pepper after taste, and the rest is classic Porter territory - roasted coffee, crystal malts, with earthy and herbal hop bitters in the finish. Which also has a decent balance between dry and bitter. That Rauch flavour is more Bacon than anything else and feels a bit out of place in the taste.

M: Mid to light bodied with a creamy carbonation.

D: The pepper goes down well for me however I do have a habit of eating Jalapeños from the jar which makes me both: a freak, and gives me a high tolerance of spicy food. The smoke flavour however seems a bit odd and doesn't add anything for me. And if I'm being honest (when am I not?) the flavour that is missing from this brew is Umami: The fifth taste sensation that is best described as 'meaty' or 'savoury'. Aside from this though it is a decent enough Porter.

Food match: I had a meat analogue hamburger that went down a treat with this - the real thing would work even better.

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Photo of ADZA
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep cherry red with a tan two finger head and some lacing, yhe smell is strong pepper, a touch of smoke and freshly picked weeds, the feel is medium bodied with moderate carbobation and the first taste I encounter is smoked Rauch malts followed by some red berries and overpowered at the finish with hot pepper and overall I forget its a porter and nice to have tried it but for me its not a repeat with the big pepper notes throughout but I am craving a pepper steak now cheers.

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Photo of magnusdave
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Pepper Steak Porter from BrewCult
3.78 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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