Brewed by Brasseurs du Monde / Le Picoleur
Style: Porter
Saint-Hyacinthe, Canada


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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Pub owners near the London port and train stations were known many years back to serve local porters a cheap mix made of two or three brews that they could not sell. Local brewers then created a beer named Entire that included the main profile of the mix: brown, malty, slightly sweet, with a touch of burnt caramel flavor and not too strong in alcohol. It was the ideal inexpensive beverage to replenish one’s energy without taking the time to have a full meal. It became the Porter’s Beer. In remembrance of this era we created our Big Ben Porter, moderately dry, with flavors of slightly burnt caramel malts. The English hops are bringing a light bitterness to balance it all.

MXD's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
MXD (304) - Gatineau/St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, - JUN 9, 2012
4oz taster at Balthazar. Dark-brown, borderline black. Pretty thick head. Aroma was mainly alcohol with some burnt toffee/instant coffee notes. Taste is basically burnt caramel with a pretty strong earthiness/mud feel (hops, I guess), but still some alcohol. Rather dry, even for porter standards. Not terrible, but one would guess that it was rather in 8-9 ABV territory, rather than 5.5, and it was also surprisingly thin. I’ve drank worst, but I’ll never drink that one again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beardbeerman (283) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 21, 2015
Pours a opaque black with a faint brownish hue topped by a finger of tanned fluffy head shwing good retention and leaving some small lacing. The nose is coffee grind, dark chocolate and some brown sugar. The taste is at first more bitter than sweet with strong burnt notes. You do get eventually some mellow torrefaction that’s more enjoyable to the palate. Some sweetness and or more corpus to balance out the bitterness would make this brew really stand out. Cheers!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jshupka (15) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2015
Colour is dark reddish / brown. The taste is that of toasted malt, a bit of cocoa, maybe a bit of something spicy. Really nailed the fine carbonation, good overall mouth feel. Leaves my palate with a bit of...something I can’t quite put my finger on, which is why I can’t rate it higher. Nonetheless; a good porter, overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
veronneaupy (241) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 25, 2014
Un nez, on sent un peu le sucre et la mélasse. En bouche, c'est sucré et cendré. On passe du sucre à l'amertume en finale. C'est une version accessible et un peu sucré d'une porter ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jksipa (616) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2014
Very dark reddish brown pour with a small dark brown head that fades quickly.Nose of roasted malt, brown sugar, cocoa and coffee. Medium sweet toffee followed by a medium light bitter dark chocolate and a quite dry finish though there are some metallic notes. Mouth is medium creamy with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (3564) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 12, 2014
Big Ben on tap at the brewpub. It has a nice cocoa and light molasses aroma. Malty dark goodness, sweet. A solid London Porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pumpkinhead2 (656) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2014
Bière noire aux légers reflets rouge, bien voilée (à la lumière on peut apercevoir des particules en suspension), effervescence qui semble bonne, et surmonté d’un col à peine constitué d’une fine pellicule brunâtre à la surface du liquide. Arômes principalement sucré (caramel, cassonade, mélasse…), avec un petit quelque chose de fumé (viande fumée…) et de torréfié (café léger, chocolat au lait…) et peut-être même des petits fruits foncés (bleuet, cerise, mûre…). Nez agréable, complexité intéressante, mais ça manque franchement d’intensité, beaucoup trop timide. En bouche, pétillement moyen-fort sur la langue, onctuosité moyenne, breuvage un peu mince mais qui semble tout de même légèrement liquoreux et collant au palais. Au goût, beaucoup de sucré, du caramel, de la mélasse, avec du pain bien grillé voire légèrement brûlé, et des notes bien chocolaté, surtout davantage en finale. On retrouve les petits fruits foncés en bouche, mais ils font davantage prune/pruneau, ainsi que la fumée/viande fumée qui est cependant beaucoup plus subtile qu’au nez. On note également une agréable petite saveur d’anis, ainsi qu’une touche d’acidité qui fait penser à la présence d’un certain houblon citronné quoique celui-ci soit tout de même peu discernable. L’amertume est quant à elle bien légère. Bière heureusement bien plus intense en bouche qu’au nez, ce qui permet d’en apprécier bien davantage la belle complexité. Bonne intégration des différentes saveurs, quoiqu’on note un déséquilibre marqué en faveur des sucres. En définitive, il s’agit d’une bien bonne bière!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuperTiti33 (821) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2014
En fût à L'Autre Œil. Noire avec des léger reflets rouge. Fin collet beige. Nez: biscuit. Avoine. Chocolat. Caramel. Céréale grillé. Bouche: légère. Fidèle au nez. On dirait un biscuit à l'avoine parsemé de pépite de chocolat. Quoique mince et légèrement métallique, j'aime bien.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robinvboyer (3698) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2014
Good roast, subtle cocoa, and coffee notes. Mouth feel is thinner than i expected, carb is quite low. Finish is lowon the bitterness, with more solid roast. Hops are there, but quite earthy, and there is a metallic flavor in the end that i cant shake. Good, not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUL 22, 2014
Poured deep reddish brown with a frothy beige head. Aroma of roast malt, coffee beans, dark chocolate. Smooth, medium body, flavour as the aroma, light liquorice,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
serjaymz (146) - Istanbul, TURKEY - JUN 27, 2014
Şişe @ istanbul. Bardakta simsiyah bir renk kalıcı olmayan kahverengi köpük. Orta gövdeli. Kokuda karamel baskın, ardından kavrulmuş malt ve tatlılık hakim. Tadım dolgun, gazlı, yine karamel kavrulmuş ve arpa tatları ön planda.. Kalıcılık çok uzun değil. Başarılı ancak harika değil..

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