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Brewed by Hopfenstark
Style: Baltic Porter
L’Assomption, Canada

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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
martin21 (155) - Quebec city, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2008
Noire, avec reflets roux lorsqu a la lumiere. Collet qui disparait vite, manque de corps. On discerne facilement l alcool. Gout aciduler peu interessant. Black with auburn highlights. Thin head that fades away fast. Alcohol taste is detectable. Unpleasant acidic taste. On tap at Bieres et saveurs and 500ml bottle.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Oakes (12234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 19, 2008
Bottle at Volo courtesty Hogtown and tupalev. Near black with a thin head. Fairly chocolatey, with some cocoa and gutted nuts. Tart body with some chocolate, some nuts and cherry. Too much tartness keeps this beer from doing much of anything to interest me, sa the other flavours all become obfuscated.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5212) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2008
Bottle at Volo. Opaque black with nice head. Some cherry pit and clean metals in the complex nose. Soft, low carbonation. Smooth. Licorice, soya, resin, balsamic, sour cherry. Gorgeous!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MJGG (945) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2008
Verre de 4 oz, d’un fût à la brasserie. Arômes de torréfaction et d’alcool. Robe noire, légèrement translucide, peu de mousse. Plutôt mince et douce en entrée de bouche, la torréfaction se manifeste en arrière-goût et est accompagnée par l’acool. Ce dernier est relativement apparent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2008
[1442-20080531] Bottle. Boozy roast malt aroma has lots of wood. Dark brown red body with a quick foamy light tan head. Flavour has a little watery banana. Medium body. Interesting.
(5T @ Mondial; Montreal, QC)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerdedone (2584) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Sampled at 08 vt beer fest. Pours a dark brown/black with a khaki head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and a hint of molasses. Flavor follows the aroma with a touch of fruit and has a dry and bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Sample at the 2008 VT Brewers Fest - Poured a very dark brown/black in color with a small tan head. Small lacing on the glass. Aroma was heavy with roasted malts and dark fruit. Flavor was roasty with lots of fruitiness. Slightly sour and astringent at the end. Good beer, not a great one...

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 25, 2008
500ml Bottle

App.: Pitch black with reddish hues, light brown head with sticky lacing

Aromas: Light molasses, tootsie rolls, blackberries, cassis, blueberries, white chocolate

Palate: Acid, long lasting bitterness with a lightly sweet finish, slight lack of body

Flavors: blackberries, preaty much the same as the aromas

Notes: Very evolutive, subtile hints of a flemish sour.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rodenbach99 (3097) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 19, 2008
bouteille de 500ml. bière brune foncée avec de beaux reflets rouges, la mousse beige se dissipe rapidement, nez qui laisse entrevoir l’alcool, touche d’iode, en bouche c’est un peu décousu, l’iode est présente, l’alcool se fait trop sentir, bière très chaleureuse.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
philippem (105) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2008
En bouteille: Au nez, pâte à biscuit, chocolat, tabac et petites baies rouges (ce qui me rassure, après avoir senti ma bière à même la bouteille, où j’avais l’impression de respirer de la pâte à papier mouillée!). Visuellement, c’est splendide, avec un noir totalement opaque, ce qui me rappelle l’infinité du cosmos mélancolique. En bouche, tabac, chocolat, des accents de jus de raisin.

Après avoir lu les commentaires de certains (glouglouburp notamment), j’avais des doutes sur Hopfenstark en bouteille et je dois l’avouer, le bouchon sur cette bouteille me paraîssait assez fragilement « installée » et la décapsulation si facile m’a donné une mauvaise impression au départ. Pourtant, la bière était tout à fait acceptable, et se rapprochait de la version en fût, savourée assez fréquemment au Vices & Versa. À suivre....


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