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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Local Distribution

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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (10094) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bov (9552) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8497) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (7894) - 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

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (7860) - 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.

Bottle.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan (6802) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6711) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6495) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle 500 ml
Aroma: some sweet frontal sweetness , mild roast , fairly hoppy side. Refreshing.
Look: dark brown with beige fine creamy top. 3+
Taste/palate: Medium bodied. Chocolate with roast , mineral, tad metallic dry roast feel. Dry end . Good , with character.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (6081) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2013
Bottle [500ml]. Pours a very dark brown with a large semi-lasting frothy tan head. Some lacing on the glass. Aroma of eggshells, dry and malty, along with some chocolate, light hops, fruit and a hint of metallic notes. Flavour of roasted malt and chocolate followed by light grassy hops, fruit and some coffee. Average to medium bodied. Not great, but pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (5927) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 15, 2014
bottle, lighter bodied black pour, roasted malts, chocolate notes in both aroma & flavor. chalky notes. OK


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