East India Porter
Brouwerij Kees

East India PorterEast India Porter
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Style:
American Black Ale
Ranked #374
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #27,845
Avg:
3.79 | pDev: 7.65%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
27
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Brouwerij Kees
 
Netherlands
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Year-round
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SCORE
86
Very Good
East India PorterEast India Porter
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Photo of Zet
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pitch black colour with a nice big head of foam. Smell of cascade at first, but after a short while the hop flavour makes room for roasted malt flavours with some coffee and chocolate. The aroma hops are pretty much gone in the smell by then. The taste is a nice dry porter, with nice balance between coffee, chocolate, malt and piney hopness. Once again, the fruity and flowery flavours you'd expect from a cascade-hopped beer are absent. Mouth feel is a bit too watery and too sharp for a porter in my opinion. Overall a fine beer, but not as exotic as its name seems to claim.

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Photo of SpongeHop
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - jet black,
S & T - smokiness upfront; roast coffee and very dark chocolate from the malts; nice bittering and pine-y hoppiness; not very sweet at all
F - slightly on the thin side, but nothing else worth mentioning. Solid enough mouthfeel.

O - reminded me very much of the Guinness West-Indies Porter. Which is a good thing. Nice beer.

I recommend this one.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Opaque dark brown with 3-finger beige head, long retention, yeast sediment.
Smell - cofee, chocolate, licorice, traces of citrusy hops.
Taste - better than smell, ash, choco, nice citrusy hops.
Medium body, moderate to high carbonation.

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Photo of WhiskeyMax
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip from 12 oz bottle . Dried fruit and milk on the nose. Taste is dry but still malty. A nice hop balance to round out the malt. Nicely carbonated, not too bubbly with little head and light lacing. Overall à tasty alternative to too hoppy as too malty. Very well balanced. Not sure about the clarification. I think I'll have another.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from the Duvel guy.

From a bottle into a snifter
EBC: 65
EBU: 70
Pale, munchener, cara and carafa special malts
Summit and Cascade hops

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger, slightly looser, foamier, light beige head with good retention. Clear bistre brown in color with higher levels of carbonation for the style. Head slowly fades to a big foamy cap with lots of foam lining the glass. A half foamy wisp remains until the end with lots of foam sticking to the glass as it empties. A bit to foamy and carbonated for the style, perhaps.

SMELL: Powdery cocoa, leather, and lots of citrus hops on the nose. Some creamy coffee as well. Nice stuff, though bordering on too hoppy.

TASTE: Lots of cocoa powder, sweet cream and coffee notes up front with a good dose of citrus hops at the swallow. Bold finish is full of citrus hops, bitterness, cacao, sweet cream, coffee and light leather flavors. Plenty flavorful and very hoppy for the style.

PALATE: Medium body and lighter on the palate. Higher levels of carbonation for the style, unfortunately, but creamy enough, goes down smooth and finishes a touch dry.

OVERALL: The name India-Style Porter is a little ambiguous, though perhaps that's a good thing. It's definitely a very enjoyable brew, though the hop presence is a little out of place perhaps, as it borders on black IPA levels, and it's too foamy and carbonated for my palate. Something I'd drink again and enjoy for sure, but not really a porter, per se. Naming it simply as a Black Ale would have been more accurate perhaps.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 330mL bottle (erroneously labeled 500mL) into a tulip.

Appearance: extremely dark brown hue with a nice layer of tan foam and a nice lace on the glass. I like it.

Smell: quite sweet with a bit of roastiness and a strong vegetal hop flavor. Quite in line with the style, although a bit on the rough side.

Taste: vegetal hops, roasty malt and a bit of coffee character. I mean, this is right down the middle for the style: flavor all over the place and not a lot of cohesion. But if that's your jam, then it could be a good beer for you.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with an OK carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: this is about stylistically perfect, but that doesn't make it a tremendously good beer. Still, it's a drinkable melange if a scattered palate doesn't bother you.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a thin light brown head that dissipates to patches, leaving light lacing. Aroma of sweet dark toasted malt, chocolate, light citrus hops and orange citrus, lemon. Flavor is cark toasted malt with light char, milk chocolate, piney and citrus hops, lemon and orange citrus; finishes with citrus rind, grassy and citrus hop bitterness. Very nice lightly creamy body with good mouth feel. A very nice take on the black IPA style, interesting taste blend as if someone mixed a foreign export porter with a Northwest style IPA, which would be classic for this style. Nicely done all round

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, unreadable bottle dating on the cap. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, floral, grass, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/piney hops and roast/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, floral, grass, and floral/roasted earthiness. Moderate amount of pine and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange peel, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/piney hops and roast/bready malt flavors; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice black IPA style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/piney hops and roast/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle. Dark mahogany pour, clear, with a thin beige head. Notes of roasted malts, bitter hops, orange zest, pine resin, roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate. Medium body, medium to high carbonation and a hoppy and roasty bitter finish.

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East India Porter from Brouwerij Kees
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 27 ratings