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AleWerks Brewmasters Reserve Rapadou Porter

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RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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An Imperial Porter brewed with a Haitian sugar called Rapadou. Rapadou is a traditionally processed cane sugar that lends a great toffee caramel flavor to our 9% ABV Porter. Watch for this one aged in oak barrels in the future. Limited edition of 2007 bottles.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davey101 (679) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 4, 2014
Date stamp of 6 2 14. 22 oz bomber into a tulip. Pours a pitch black with a finger of clinging khaki foam. Nose is roast, chocolate, sweet vanilla, faint dark fruits and some caramel. Taste is a nice balance of light roasted coffee, chocolate, sweet vanilla and some earthy toffee. Creamy body but doesn’t linger forever. This is a very good porter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (4755) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 2, 2014
22oz bottle of the 2014 edition, weighing in at 8.5% abv. Pours a watery, but translucent deep brown with some foamy, off white head. Nose has a lot of chocolate and plenty of molasses, licorice too, some toast, a hint of booze, some dried fruit too, some cola. Flavor reminds me more of a milk stout that I would have though, some of that lacto sugar, molasses, less chocolate than the nose let on, a little toast, some distinct maraschino cherry. Full bodied, sticky finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hershiser2 (1208) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2014
$7.79 Bomber Bottle, Wine Warehouse, CHO. Nearly black with a small beige head. Smells of coffee, toffee, caramel. Tastes of toffee, sugar, caramel, and metal. Too sweet for me.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kidobutai (341) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2013
I added this beer because the "Rapadou Porter" currently in the database is designated as "Brewmaster’s Reserve", not "Brewer’s Choice", and the ABV of this beer is 8.5%, vice the 9.0% given for the "Reserve". Finally, the label is different. I had to look up the word "Rapadou", and found it in the Creole Dictionary online -- "Solid rolls of brown sugar and molasses". Which sounds about as rich and delicious as this beer turned out to be. The color is dark dark brown, and the head is short-lived. Aroma is about as rich as a porter can be, and the taste of caramel and molasses is strong; drinking it at room table from a snifter, it feels much more like a bourbon than a beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3417) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Dark beer with some ruby hints when held against the light. Short lived beige head. Thick nose of molasses and dark dried fruit. This is a full flavored porter with lots of dark brown sugar, molasses, raisin and dried fruit flavors with hints of ash and something almost smokey. Tasty beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrHangover (2456) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2013
Bottle at post GABF tasting day 1, courtesy of iphonefan. Pours a very dark brown, almost black pour with a thin layer of beige head. Aroma is malty, chocolate and slight alcoholic. Flavour is moderately sweet and malty. Faint touches of caramel and molasses on there. I’m not really getting the specific cane sugar used for this brew, but there are definitely some sugar notes in there. An ok beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (4911) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2013
Bottle shared thanks to iphonephan. Pours near black with a small beige head. Aroma of big roast, malt, chocolate, caramel, toffee, light soy. Flavour is over moderate sweet and bitter. Full bodied with light carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (4229) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2013
Bottle courtesy Iphonephan. Poured a deep mahogany with a thin off white head. The aroma is is rich toffee caramel. The flavour is medium to strong bitter with a big liqourice roasted malt palate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (3153) - McLean, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2013
From a 22 oz bottle shared at Ryan’s. Pours a dark cola with a tan head. Aroma of cocoa nibs. Flavors of toffee, chocolate and a hint of vanilla. Smooth mouthfeel. Moderately bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elwood (3046) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from Total Wine Sterling. It pours a very dark brown with a small tan head. The nose sweet with a little vanilla, roasted malt, and a hint of chocolate. The flavor leans towards the sweet side as well. The roasted malt and chocolate balance each other out. A light dried fruit note emerges as the brew warms. Medium to full body with softer carbonation. A delicious offering from Alewerks.


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