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

bottled
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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   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.


4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
VT (1413) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2012
500 ml bottle. Pours an opaque, orangeish black with a resilient, beige-orange head. Smells slightly roasted. Tastes like milk chocolate, caramel, and roasted hazelnuts.Bit of bitterness in the finish. Body is medium, mouthfeel is unctuous, creamy. Top notch porter, if you ask me.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bahumat (118) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 20, 2013
Appearance: Pours a dark brown-black with a generous brown head that fades to two-finger white foam, fading gradually to a nice head. 8/10 Aroma: Nice medium notes of coffee and roast malt, with a pleasantly balanced bitterness. 8/10 Taste: Sour-sweet cocoa on the tongue fading with a pleasantly sour light bitterness on the mid-back of the tongue. 18/20 Palate: Smooth and thick across the tongue, flat, fizzy at the back of the tongue and roof, very mild astringency. Long pleasant finish of cocoa and chocolate. 8/10 Overall: All in all, this is a world champion beer. While no particular element of it entirely stands out, there is no weakness or flaw at all to be found in this porter. Perfectly harmonious in its balance, and tastes great from 6 celsius to 20 celsius temperature range! 18/20.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stytheduke (33) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2014
Une bière noire qui se veut très rafraîchissante et qui prend même le rôle de plusieurs bières d’été. Elle est douce et descend bien dans la gorge, sans anicroches. Les arômes de malts grillés, torréfiés ainsi que de caramel chaud sont présentes. Des odeurs qui donnent l’eau à la bouche. Une belle couleur noire et même des teintes de bois d’acajou mis à la lumière. La bière a peu d’effervescence, mais cela aide à sa facilité à la boire. Une bière avec un bon goût torréfié, brûlé, fumé un peu même. Les saveurs de houblons anglais sont un peu présentes et n’amène pas grand amertume. L’amertume semble plutôt apportée par le côté chocolaté. Une bière qui me rappelle des noix dans le chocolat! :)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
YanIpa (144) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
Noire-Brune au col crémeux et beige. Arôme de céréal, café et chocolat. La saveur est malté, chocolat-cacao. Amertume toute en douceur et amertume légère

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarnotingPete (777) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 1, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2012 Bière couleur de mélasse, dont on peut quand-même voir la limpidité et coiffée d’un fin col mocha marquant délicatement le verre d’une très légère dentelle. Des arômes de caramel roux et de cacao. Elle est moyennement amère avec une légère pointe d’acidité, mais sans trop de sucre résiduel. Elle est de corps surprenament léger (pour une porter), offre une belle effervescence vive, une texture huileuse et se termine sur de beaux arômes rôtis et une légère amertume durable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PBoegel (29) - New York, USA - APR 18, 2013
A nice porter with a pleasant mellow roasty character underneath a semi sweet chocolate aroma. Smooth and nicely bittered to style with cocoa and touches of English toffee. Dark brown with shades of red under a nice light brown sugar toned head. Very drinkable worth seeking.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matbigrey (44) - Mascouche, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 17, 2013
not a porter huge fan but I like this one! not too dark... I was expecting may be a little more bitter but the hop just feels strong without being too overwhelming... smooth rosted malt taste and chocolate smells without being sweet. the head dd not impress me. it was not really effervescent ... une or two finger when poured but disapeared very quickly.... have it a try!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sic1314 (3283) - 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,

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sseb69 (1488) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2014 Bouteille 500 ml. 5.5%. Couleur brune très foncé, mousse beige. Arôme de chocolat, un peu, très légèrement cacao de café. En bouche, malt, café doux, chocolat, pas très pleine mais satisfaisante. Un peu d’anis. Très agréable en bouche, excellente Porter de soif si on peut dire. 6 mars 2014. Pas mal aqueuse ce soir..

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quevillon (2501) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 22, 2012
Drank on tap (6 oz) at Saint-Graal (Ste. Therese, Quebec) on October 20, 2012. Very dark brown, small head. Roasted barley aroma, a little sweet and very light. Barley taste very raw, very bitter notes of chocolate, coffee bean, aftertaste of creamy cereal. Very faithful to its style!


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