Honing Porter | Brouwerij Klein Duimpje

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Honing PorterHoning Porter

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Brouwerij Klein Duimpje

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Absumaster on 01-16-2006

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Ratings: 3 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of Sigmund
2.94/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle, thanks to oh6gdx and chris_o. ABV is 5.5%. Cloudy dark brown colour, nearly black, reddish in the highlights. Creamy and lasting tan head. The aroma is malty and somehow "unfresh" (I wouldn't have thought of "beef stock" myself, but yes, you've got a point there, yngwie!), the honey is there, but without the light and floral notes that usually accompany it. No fruitiness at all in the aroma. The flavour is somewhat better: plenty of malts with a moderate roastiness, fairly sweet, notes of mild coffee, caramel, some chocolate and of course honey. Hardly any fruitiness, and not much bitterness. Not particularly well balanced, and is far from being my favourite porter.

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Photo of wl0307
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Battersea Beer Festival, London, Feb. 06.
BB Jan 2008, bottle-conditioned. Served cool in a broad-rimmed goblet.

A: dark brownish colour, with ruby silhouette, coming with a 1cm thick tan beer head with good retention, leaving tight and even sheets of lacing; medium carbonation.
S: unmistakable Pilsner-maltiness hides behind a richer mixture of black sugar+white cane sugar, caramel malts, sweet Chinese red-bean paste, refreshing yet aromatic note of dark chocolates… I fail to find honey on the aroma, or perhaps it’s already mixed seamlessly in the blend. Nice, but unlike a fruity+chocolatey English porter or a robust Baltic porter—more in line with the Belgian tradition of dark ales to me.
T: creamy-textured flavour of dark malts+pilsner malts upfront softly caresses the tongue, followed by satisfyingly semi-sweet caramel maltiness with an exotic edge of melted black sugar; rich, almost plum-jam like, fruit esters gradually develop, mixed well with a mildly bitter hoppyness (East Kent Goldings) and subtle but lingering licorice at the back, just before a mild flow of warming alc. expands down the throat. Only a slightly sticky and warming feel in the end gives a little sign of honey’s presence. But overall it's very balanced and not as boldly honey-ish as one’d expect from the name.
M&D: silky smooth and very soothing on the mouthfeel, this beer is truly enjoyable with a rather balanced flavour; the more I drink it, the more I find it like a (very decent) Belgian dark ale rather than any kind of porter, which does nothing what-so-ever in decreasing the drinkability of this lovely ale.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

dark brown black beer with nice small head. The smell was somewhat flowery, probably by the honey used. Not a lot of smell.
Taste was slightly burned, which I think could be a little more. Slight sweetness, can be dryer. The taste of honey comes upfront when the brew warms. This adds a flowery and fuller taste to the beer. I can taste some hops after the beer warms. This is a pretty good beer, but needs to be more pronounced, dryer, more bitter and more dark, burned flavors. But that is only my opinion.

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Honing Porter from Brouwerij Klein Duimpje
3.46 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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