BruRm Empress 1868 Porter | The Brü Rm. at BAR

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The Brü Rm. at BAR
Connecticut, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-04-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 3 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by counselor:
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4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I could easily drink this very often. dark chocolate color with a hint of ruby. thin head and a little low in carbonation in a good, cask way. armoas of chocolate, mice meat and pepper. Deep full flavors of chocolate, nuts, coffee and very mild tannic finish. No hint of the 6% abv which is quite dangerous. An excellent porter that goes down smooth and tasty. I highly recommend that you try this one when in the neighborhood!

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewer's Notes: Reproduced from an 1868 recipe, found in the depths of the British National Brewing Library. Perhaps the first complete example of a robust porter.
If this is what a traditional porter tasted like in 1868, then I would have been a satisfied beer drinker 130 years ago.

Dark chestnut color with a low, brown, receding frothy head. Inviting aroma of roasty malt and subtle cocoa. Flavor is initially dark malts and sweet cocoa, but morphs as it rolls through the mouth. First a tangy, but understated, cherry flavor on the top and sides of the tongue, and then a bitter chocolate and burnt coffee thing in the finish. Cherry and coffee bitter linger and seem to roll up the sides of the mouth into the cheeks. Mouthfeel is even, moderately carbonated, perhaps just a bit tannic. Webs of oily lacing dot the inside of the glass.

This is a well-balanced, finely layered, no b.s. porter. Doesn't try to knock you on your ass, doesn't try to push some weird flavors on you. Perhaps an education on what a traditional porter is supposed to be.

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4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was happily surprised to find this on cask at Delaney's tonite during a visit for dinner. Of course had to try it. The beer came to me in an imperial pint glass and was slightly cooler than I expected, but looked great. Dark rich coffee brown with a creamy beige head floating nicely on the surface. The head fades very slowly throughout the sampling. Aroma is very appealing with cocoa, and toffee mixing with some light oak notes to entice me to take a sip. The beer does not let me down with a very silky smooth texture and soft almost non-existant carbonation. Flavor is great with cocoa powder, some caramel and maybe a brief hit of coffee bitterness. I dont really get the oak flavor that I detected on the nose. The beer goes down very easily and I know I could have had several of these in a sitting and not gotten tired of drinking them. This is an excellent brew on cask and I recommend tracking it down.

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BruRm Empress 1868 Porter from The Brü Rm. at BAR
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