Alberta Clipper
Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Porter - Imperial
Ranked #328
Ranked #11,861
3.94 | pDev: 9.14%
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
Very Good
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elNopalero from California

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

This pours a dark cola black. Light aroma that opens as it warms. Light notes of tart raspberry comes through, much more on the palate.
The chocolate plays an understated role in the flavor. All around good.

Aug 13, 2017
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

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.

Jul 12, 2017
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ChilliHeights from Ohio

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.

Apr 11, 2017
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Tone from Missouri

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.

Jan 18, 2017
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q33jeff from New Jersey

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


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.


Dec 19, 2016
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

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.

Nov 04, 2016
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hoptheology from South Dakota

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.

Oct 31, 2016
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beergoot from Colorado

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.

Oct 05, 2016
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Oopssorryy from Ohio

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

Sep 17, 2016
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

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.

Sep 14, 2016
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OhioLimoncello from Ohio

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.

Aug 31, 2016
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. best by 10/3/15, so 10 1/2 months past its prime. ouch. i never pay much attention to freshness dating on porters and stouts, so lets see where this one goes.

black body with reddish tones. big foamy light tan head. thick lacing.

smells "portery", for want of a better word. no chocolate, but faint raspberry.

fairly smooth porter. no strong roastiness, which is fine by me. tartness from the raspberries is still coming through. no chocolate though.

a little below medium on the mouth.

overall, i enjoyed this tart porter. was bummed when i saw the best by date, but this aged okay, and is quite tasty.

Aug 21, 2016
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m_hall from Virginia

3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz longneck into a nonic pint. A deep garnet colored beer topped with a dense two-finger khaki head that rather quickly falls to a film. Scant lacing.

Nosing brings aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, and berries.

Taste has sweet caramel malt mixed with tart raspberry right up front, developing into a slightly nutty mid-palate. These notes linger into the finish, which has notes of more tart raspberry, coffee and bittersweet chocolate (though the chocolate notes overall are less apparent on tasting that the nose would suggest.)

Mouth-feel is medium boded and smooth, with a bit of a carbonated tingle on the tongue. 7.5% alcohol makes this one no lightweight, but still an easy drinker.

Alberta Clipper is a solid beer all around that finds a nice niche where one might want something fairly substantial but a stout might just be too much- unlike many stouts, i could see drinking this with a full meal. I found myself wishing for a touch more chocolate in the flavor profile, this is still a very good beer I could certainly see myself drinking again.

Aug 03, 2016
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque, black in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is dark and baker's chocolate and roasted malt with raspberry syrup that gets stronger towards the aftertaste. Medium-light bodied and moderately sweet. Interesting combination of flavors that compliment each other while never overwhelming each other. Glad I picked up a four pack.

Jul 24, 2016
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11-52_4hops from Virginia

3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with hints of mahogany. Slightly transparent (not a good sign for a porter in my book) and little head that disappears quickly. Nose has praline raspberries as advertised. Taste again, pretty much as advertised -- some chocolate and cough-syrupy raspberry. Cough syrup and chocolate taste linger for a while. Mouth feel - way too thin for my liking for a porter. I was hoping to like this more. It isn't horrible, but overall, unremarkable.

Jul 23, 2016
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uchty from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I didn't realize this was a Porter with with raspberries. I tried it because it was Great Lakes. I was surprised at the 'citrus' flavor, then I read the bottle and realized it was raspberries. Half way through the bottle the raspberries really start to reveal themselves. If Porter with fruit is your style you should get it.

Jul 11, 2016
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MMOSNN from North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a wine glass.
Look - rich black in color with a one-finger creamy khaki head and porous bubbles. The head quickly retreats to a thin ring and some slight lacing.
Smell - sweet juicy raspberries shine through first and foremost, along with roasted malts, chocolate, and toffee.
Taste - more of that raspberry goodness, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, toffee, and ends with bitter coffee notes.
Feel - good carbonation, but the body is slightly thin, even though its creamy characteristics do linger.
Overall - this unique take on the style really stands out. The raspberries and chocolate add a lot of depth and richness to this porter, and I was surprised to taste some coffee notes as well. This is a very solid, and interesting, porter, but I would like it to have a thicker body.

Jun 26, 2016
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Great Lakes Brewing's Alberta Clipper for $2.89 at The Lager Mill. This one caught my eye and I'm interested in seeing what it's all about, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks good, it's eye catching and it goes good with the name. IT poured a nice black color that took on more of a dark brown color when held to the light with a little over half a fingers worth of bubbly tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish it had better head and retention.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with a noticeable raspberry aroma being the first to show up and it imparts some nice and natural raspberry like aroma that's followed by the porter base which imparts some nice roasted malts, chocolate, grainy and a slight brown bread like aroma. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, but I wish the chocolate showed up more.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but a little lighter and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with a slight bit of that raspberry being the first to show up and it and it goes into the porter base which imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma and it's followed by the chocolate which is also a little lighter than it was in the aroma. On the finish there's a little bit of a watery flavor with pretty much not bitterness and it had a chocolate and roasted malt like aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer, but I wish the chocolate and raspberry showed up more.

M- Smooth. crisp. medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was nice beer and solid example of the beer, it wasn't as good as I was hoping, but it still delivered the key flavors in the description. This beer had ok drinkability, one would be my limit, anymore than that and it might start to ware one me. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and aroma, they were the highlight of this beer. What I like the leas about this beer is the taste and drinkability, those two aspects could use some work. I might buy this beer on it's own and I wouldn't turn one down. It's worth a trying, but I can't say I highly recommend it. All in all it was nice, but not great, and with a little more work on the chocolate and raspberry and this could be a pretty good beer. It's not a favorite Great Lakes beer and it's a little above average for the style. Nice job guys, this is a solid beer.

May 31, 2016
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FBarber from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours reddish black. Opaque and dark. Thin one finger tan head quickly dissipates leaving no lacing and no head to speak of.

Smell has notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, overly ripe berries, maybe some undertones of coffee and sweet berry jam.

Taste follows the nose with notes of milk chocolate and cocoa initially followed by a sweet tart berry flavor that is sweet almost like jam. Bit of bitterness from the cocoa and hops on the aftertaste but really subtle. Even with that bitterness the aftertaste is a lingering slightly sweet berry jam-like flavor.

Feel is appropriate for a porter. Bit sweet on the tongue, mild carbonation. Very smooth and velvety.

Overall a nice and rather unique porter from Great Lakes. Personally Id like some more bitterness on the finish, but its still a good beer. Worth a try, particularly in the winter months.

May 24, 2016
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do_ob from Kentucky

4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into a pint glass. Black body with subtle ruby hues around the edges. About 1.5 fingers of khaki colored foam on top. Sweet raspberries, dark chocolate, caramel, and figs on the nose. The taste follows in the same vein with huge notes of raspberries and cocoa, along with backing notes of carmel, toffee, ginger, roasted malt, and figs. The definition of "bittersweet". This beer reminds me a lot of homemade black raspberry ice cream, which is my absolute favorite. The mouthfeel on this beer is quite dense and chewy, which is always a welcome trait in a porter. Too often they are thin and watery, but not this guy. Perfect carbonation, too.

Overall, very good. I've passed this one up for a long time now, and I'm kicking myself for not trying it sooner.

May 08, 2016
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

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

This beer pours a brown tinged black with a small head. The aroma starts with milk chocolate and dried raspberry, like the kind you get in cereal, as well as some apricot and tobacco. The flavor leads heavily with raspberry, as well as cherry and milk chocolate, finishing up with nicely bitter tobacco and black tea. The mouthfeel if light for a porter, with a fair amount of fizz, as a slightly astingency on the backend to cut through the sweeter fruit flavors. Overall this is a rather pleasing with some odd flavor combos - fruit and tobacco mainly. I did enjoy it, but it is not a beer I would find myself raving about.

Apr 23, 2016
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lwcreasy from Virginia

3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thread lighter than black, opaque. 1-and-a-quarter finger tan head that doesn't stay around too long. Minimal lacing.

Strong and jammy raspberry aroma. Sweet and sugary fruit is dominant, with a bit of earthiness, and a touch of mellowing chocolate as the beer warms.

Raspberry isn't quite as strong in flavor. Slightly more rounded, with a bit of peaty and ground notes coming from the hops (I presume). Chocolate is stronger than in the nose. Slightly tart, and more so as the beer rests in the mouth. Makes for a nice wobble of flavor sensation- sweet and sugared raspberries first, then tartness as it slides through. Cocoa and milk chocolate playing the background music all the while.

Very drinkable for being so sweet in aroma. Carbonation there in earnest, slapping the tongue smartly, a pleasurable complement to the finishing tartness. Medium body.

Enjoyable, drinkable, sweet, and peppy. An interesting porter.

Apr 16, 2016
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98green from Michigan

3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Look is opaque black with ruby highlights. Smell is roast malt and chocolate. Taste is more chocolate and malts and something I would describe as wine like. Reading other reviews I know this is the added raspberries. I might not have picked that out myself but I was on to that tart taste. Feel is smooth. The alcohol is present up front but doesn't burn very long. Overall a nice Porter but not my first choice

Apr 12, 2016
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ClayButtley from Washington

3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Rogue stout glass. Bottle has an enjoy by date of 10/7/15. Aged for 8 months or so in my beer fridge.

Look: 1/2 inch tan head. Dark brown in color. Tinted red when held up to the light. Head dissipates quickly with no lacing.

Smell: Strong raspberry scent and light charcoal. Chocolate also. Boozy smell as it warms.

Taste: Raspberries in the lead with some charcoal and boozy alcohol chasing it. I aged this one 7 months past the "enjoy by" date and it is not as good as I remembered it. The booze is way more in the front than I remember. I still like it, but I'd call it good but not great. It is an interesting take on a porter. I remember it being more smooth and cohesive last time I had it. I'm not sure the aging did this one well. It's fairly sweet with a minor hop finish.

Feel: Good carbonation. Feels watery for a porter. Seems pretty light bodied, especially with an almost 8% alcohol content.

Apr 03, 2016
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CNoj012 from New York

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer is black in color with a small tan head. Retention is minimal and so is lacing. Smell is chocolate, roasted malts and faint raspberry. Taste is similar, but the raspberry comes through much stronger than in the smell. Feel is light and slightly watery, no alcohol detected. Overall a good beer that could be great if the body was a bit more full.

Mar 29, 2016
Alberta Clipper from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 591 ratings