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


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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Porter anglais

Les patrons des pubs près du port et des gares de Londres servaient jadis aux porteurs de bagages un mélange de deux ou trois bières issues de barils ne trouvant pas preneur. Les brasseurs développèrent alors une bière nommée Entire, intégrant les attributs du mélange : brune, maltée, caramélisée, un peu sucrée, à peine brûlée et pas trop forte en alcool. Idéale pour faire le plein d’énergie à peu de frais sans s’arrêter longtemps pour manger, elle devint la Porter’s Beer. En souvenir de cette ère, nous avons créé le Big Ben Porter, modérément sec et aux saveurs de malts caramélisés un peu brûlés. Les houblons anglais lui ajoutent une légère amertume, ce qui équilibre le tout.

A few hundred years ago, pub owners near the London port and train stations were known to serve local porters a cheap blend of beer comprised of the remains of two or three brews that they could not sell. An ideal, inexpensive beverage to replenish one’s energy, it became known as “Porter’s Beer.” As its popularity grew, brewers then developed a beer called Entire Butt, incorporating various attributes of the original mixture to create a slightly sweet, malty brown beer with lightly burnt caramel notes. It is in homage to this era that our Big Ben Porter was created. Moderately dry with flavors of slightly burnt caramel malts and English hops to bring a light bitterness and balance it all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (12970) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2013
A dark brown porter with a thin mocha head. In aroma, a grassy chocolate malt, lightly powdery. In mouth, a nice grassy bitter chocolate with roasted character, grassy hops, coffee grinds. Shared with GRM, Pushkinwow, and Ian, March 8 2013.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bov (12018) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 21, 2012
@Mondial de la Bière 2012, Montreal - dark black beer with a little beige foam left; lactic and coffeish roasted nose; medium-bodied, some earthy tartness; decently bitter; long roasted aftertaste of tar and ashes

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (9889) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2012
2012-11-16. Very dark brown-black body, small tan head. 3+ Dry dusty, lightly roasty malt aroma. 6+ Flavour is similar, lightly sweet, nice dry dusy roast is mild, light bitterness. Average palate. Okay. Bottle from Au Coin Duluth, Montreal

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan (9611) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 1, 2013
Bottle, shared with my wife. Dark, but not too dark, with golden highlights and a mediocre beige head. Aroma is sweet roast, light coffee. The palate delivers dark caramel and roast in equal portions, but the profile is thin and the sweetness has a nagging cola-like quality for me. Just okay, especially after À La Fût’s excellent porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2012
My Bottom Line:
Roasted nuts are lightly smeared by charred malts as delicate roastiness and leafy hops merge, sweetened by a soft chocolate undertow.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam recedes to a ring over the dark brown.
-The ash-like component mostly disappears when the beer gets beyond 10C.
-Raisin-y fruitiness becomes licorice-like at times.
-The body is lean and the flavor intensity medium, which makes for high drinkability.
-Roasted malt flavors are more important in the flavor profile than in the aroma.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9348) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 15, 2013
Bouteille 50cl, bottled on 02/2013. Brune col crémeux beige. Arôme est malté, grains, légère note de noisette sur un caramel moyen, fini chocolaté. Palais est malté, léger caramel, note rappelant un toffee avec un grillé léger. Garde ici aussi un rappel noisette, fini sec ponctué par une note chocolat-cacao. Amertume citronnée arrive en fin de bouche avec un arrière-goût lactose-toffee entre douceur et amertume.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2012
Deep brown-black pour. The aroma is a little bit light. Some toasted malt and a bit of light molasses. Medium-bodied and a bit hoppy. Softly spicy and a little bit noble. A touch of pepper and some lingering hoppiness. Pretty nice actually. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
[4946-20121116] 341mL bottle. Toasted and lightly char-smoked bread aroma. Slightly hazy, dark reddish cola body with a quick foamy light brown head. Burnt grainy bread and toasted grains flavour. Medium-full body. Average. (7/3/7/3/14) 3.4
(c/o JoeMcPhee, w/ him, jercraigs, Radek Kliber)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (7892) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 26, 2012
pours dark brown with a decent light beige head, some retention, shy lacing. chocolate and caramel, some maple - very hint of sweetness too, dry grassiness, decent roastiness, faint resin, some fruitiness - even some bananas. average carbonation, nice grassy-bitter coffee finish, light body - not necessarily watery, but was sure impressed how it was easily quaffable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
solidfunk (7714) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 13, 2013
Light bitter coffee and nut. Pours syrupy-looking reddish black, though texture is more on the thick than syrupy side. No head or lacing. Some roast malt. Light bitter finish. Average carbonation. Palate isn’t very complex.

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