Great Lakes Alberta Clipper | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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88
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589 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
greatlakesbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by irishmoss on 01-18-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
589
Reviews:
141
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
9.14%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
135
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 589 |  Reviews: 141
Photo of StoutElk_92
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours dark maroon, near black with a frothy khaki colored foam head. Smells like huge jammy raspberries, rich dark chocolate, dark molasses, nutty caramel, dark toffee, roasted malt, vanilla, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like big tart raspberry, dark chocolate, dark molasses, nutty caramel, dark toffee, roasted malt, vanilla, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice porter with chocolate and raspberries.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GlennWB
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ChilliHeights
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really nice Porter with chocolate and raspberries. Great for a cold winters evening with friends during an Alberta Clipper system. Pours a very dark brown to black and aromas of chocolate and raspberry. Great smooth mouth feel and finish.

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Photo of Gravewalker
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sour_Lord
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of fern22
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SoCal_Matt
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tone
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/2 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, roasted malt, slight sweet malt, slight alcohol, slight dark chocolate, spruce, and slight raspberries. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, roasted malt, slight sweet malt, slight alcohol, slight dark chocolate, spruce, and slight raspberries. Overall, good appearance, great aroma, body, blend, and complexity; the raspberry makes it exceptional.

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Photo of underoath437
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mdecross
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Stooven
4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of q33jeff
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

**
08/03/15

Bottle to pint glass.

Aroma is berry, fig chocolate, malt.
Look: Dark black pour. Small head.
Taste is tart fruit, smooth chocolate.
Feel: Thinnish body for a porter

A nice porter.

**

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

"Best by 10/3/15"; drank 5/9/15 @ the Palace.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Brown/black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a tan head; decent lace.

Raspberry, bakers chocolate & faint booze heat in the nose.

Medium thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Mild raspberry & dry bakers chocolate flavors up front; faint hop bite & booze heat on the finish. Too mild, but easy to drink.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Let's see if I made a good decision rolling the dice on this 4 pack. Pitch black pour, thin ring of beige lace on top.

Aromas of tobacco, roast malts, and blackberry brandy. Maybe a touch of Cabernet. As it warms, harsh nail polish remover begins to surface in the nose.

Burnt malts come out first, but they quickly disappear giving way to a delicious plate of chocolate fudge cake/raspberry syrup, finishing off with melted marshmallow.

Feel is buttery and a little on the thin side, but still holds a level of creaminess that keeps the beer where it needs to be. Roasty character towards the finish.

Overall, it's not a fabulous porter, but good for relaxing like a fine wine and that's what I bought it for.

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Photo of Scraps
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beergoot
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nearly black body topped with a thin head. Aroma of cocoa, dairy cream and fruit (like cherries and raspberries). Mild chocolate backbone with a tasty raspberry sweetness. Heavy body yet also rather watery.

Had this on tap at The Old Bag of Nails in Mansfield, Ohio. The taste makes this an exceptionally fine porter. Other aspects are generally good although this beer lacked a decent head (just like another brew I had prior to this at the pub). A nice find for any fan of dark ales.

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Photo of Giggy
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdaschaf
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Oopssorryy
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours somewhat thinly, but pitch black. A very thin, light tan, head that dissipates rather quickly. No lacing present on this brew. Smells overly sweet, with hints of the roast, coco, and the light fruit scent that is supposed to be raspberries.
Overall a sweet beer, it opens up with a very light raspberry flavor, Once you begin to down the brew the flavors alter,
going to a very dark chocolate palate, with hints of dark fruits, like plums and dates. Has a liquid bread like aftertaste,
which isn't off putting, but doesn't seem to really fit in with the rest of the flavor profiles in my opinion. The beer
bitters slightly at the end, and finishes on a bit of a dry note, a definite difference from the somewhat juicy nature
of the rest of the drinking experience. This beer does hide it's 7.5 AVB incredibly well, never once could I have guessed at it's presence through the bottle. Mouth feel was a bit sub par for me, with a medium body, but above average on the
carbonation.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, chocolate. Taste is chocolate, raspberries, some roasted malts, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of devilben02
3.09/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OhioLimoncello
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wow, this is definitely one of the most notable Porters in the Midwest!
Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Enjoyed 29 days beyond the Best by date, but no worse for wear, it's a strong Porter, that holds it's own.
Advertised that it is brewed with tart raspberries and bittersweet chocolate, and those flavors are very prominent throughout.
If you like a strong, flavored Porter, this is the one to benchmark against your other favorites.

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Photo of Scotty_Karate
4.57/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Great Lakes Alberta Clipper from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
3.94 out of 5 based on 589 ratings.
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