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Great Lakes Brewery Currently Incarcerated

Great Lakes Brewery Currently Incarcerated
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Formerly brewed at Great Lakes Brewery (Ontario)
Style: Porter
Etobicoke, Canada


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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.75/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
Black Current Porter infused with Applewood Black Current Port.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2012
In short: A standard semi-roasted porter blended with sweet dark-fruits jam. Just ok
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed somewhat fresh, approximately 3 months after it was bottled. Bottle sent to me by blankboy, thanks a lot Paul
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head
In long: Nose is sweaty black currants over medium roast. Taste is very straighforward. A standard semi-roasted porter with plenty of black currants. The problem here is that the black currants taste like a commercial grocery store dark fruits breakfast jam. Some creamy black chocolate in the back. This beer tasted like someone had dropped a few table spoon of sweeet breakfast dark-fruits jam in a standard porter. I usually really like the smaller beer-geek Great Lakes releases, this is my first disappointment. Pretty low drinkability here, fun at first because it is tasty, but drinking the second half of my bottle was like a chore. I wouldn’t mind being Currently Incarcerated myself, these guys have it all, free cable tv, free food, free shower sex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (7268) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2012
Bottle [660ml]. Pours completely black with a large lasting frothy light-brown head -- looks great. Very nice aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, light coffee, light leafy hops, cream and just a hint of black currant. Flavour of roasted malt and black currant first, which makes for an interesting yet tasty combination, followed by chocolate, coffee and a long roasty bitter finish. Medium bodied. A fantastic Porter, I loved it, well done. -- Rated via Beer Buddy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spab (3438) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2012
On cask at Project X (at the Victory Cafe). Pours a dark brown/black with large light brown head. Black currant readily apparent in the aroma with roasty chocolate underneath. Flavour is also black currant forward with some other dark fruit too and solidly roasty chocolate/coffee. Delicate carbonation. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
garthicus (2912) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 24, 2012
At Burger Bar. Appearance: pitch black with an fluffy thick brown head. Aroma: Blackcurrant and spice, a hint of Turkish delight, malty too. Flavour: Nice bold Blackcurrant and chocolate notes, quite thick mouthfeel, wonderfully creamy and sweet (not overpoweringly sweet however). The malt compliments the Blackcurrant perfectly, long bitter sweet and chocolate finish. Quite lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnsense (1368) - - FEB 24, 2012
Bottle, black pour, 1 finger of dark head. Fairly complex aroma, very slightly lactic but otherwise Dark chocolate, bitter coffee, some dark fruit, smoky. Taste - Bitter up front, black chocolate, roasted malt, black coffee, currant and darker fruits as it warms. Very slight lactic quality in the taste as well. Good mouthfeel. Fairly complex, giving each of its qualities a chance to shine. I’m a fan.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (11242) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2012
Superb porter, recent project X. Very much like a stout, very roasty, with the fruity finish. The only detraction was lactic acid. Roasty to point of being burnt. Great appearance very dark brown with thick creamy retained head. Thick mouthfeel.Liam’s bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thb (807) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 2, 2012
Had a few before this so interpret that as you will. On tap. Struck me as way more than 5.3%. Thick and black, with less than average carbonation. Aromas of coffee, sour dark fruits. Burnt toast. Balance of sweet/sour and bitter. Warming alcohol (plenty).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6376) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2012
January 30, 2012 - on draught at Volo. Black, solid tan head, nice lacing. Herbal, sour coffee, figs, mid-level alcohol - nicely bitter. Taste follows, a bit of burnt coffee, a little prune in the tail. Average body, slightly acidic, solid carbonation, fruit and alcohol in the finish. A nice lively impy. ---Rated via Beer BADASS for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2011
[3611-20110220] 650mL bottle. Roasted nutty charcoal malt aroma. Black body with a big long-lasting creamy brown head and a lot of lacing. Super roasty coffee beans and nutty malt flavour with a long roasty slightly dry aftertaste. Full body. Lovely roast balance, that black currant probably has something to do with it. (7/4/9/4/16) 4.0
(w/ GregClow, jerc)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9872) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2011
2011-02-20. Blac body, small tan head. Modest aroma, light fruit overtones, malt core. 7+ Flavour is similar, overtones of fruit, currants over a porter base. Very mild roast throughout, dry roast and fruit in the finish. 7+ Average plus palate is borderline syrupy at times due to the light carbonation. Pretty enjoyable. Not sure where currants separate from a fruity ale character but this was pretty decent. Bottle from the brewery

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