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


on tap


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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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   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....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2008
2008-05-31. Black body with a nice foamy khaki head. Aroma is surprisingly subtle, mild roast malt, dark malt with tiny touch of acidity, with both the roast and acidity growing as it warms. Flavour has a similarly acidic tang, modest roast over dark malt throughout. (7+) Average to medium bodied palate. Pretty decent but doesn’t quite make it to the next level. Bottle, Mondial, Montreal, 5T

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (8910) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2008
Nowhere as good as the oak-aged, still a decent baltic porter. This has maple syrup, I guess to sweeten the normal style’s sourness. Medium mouthfeel, white bubbly head on black body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (6179) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 5, 2008
On tap @ Vices et Versa, Montreal. Pors a nice deep dark brown. Bitter & slight sourness & tartness. Medium mouthfeel, light chocolate flavor. Prefer both the victory & smuttynose

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LadySusan (720) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2007
On tap at Oktoberfest in Mascouche.The color is a very dark brown with a thick beige head. The taste and aroma is of malt and fruits. There is also a fineshing taste of sweet toffee that leaves a nice aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 28, 2007
In short: A very good smooth and round porter.
How: Tap at brewery. I think this batch is a few months old.
The look: Black body, medium tan head
In long: A touch of smoke on the nose. Taste has black liquorice, thick toffee, chocolate cake and some tropical fruits. Overall rather sweet. This one focuses on smoothness and roundness and not on roastiness and dryness. Some leafy green-ish hops provide a shy bitterness. There was a little rubber/band-aid flavour but it was very light. Full yet lean body with lots of small bubbles. Enjoyable sticky/syrupy mouthfeel. Nothing really stands out but this beer has many qualities. And if there is one thing I like about a beer it is that there is more than one thing to like about a beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 27, 2007
Several months old version. Quite the black pour wearing a lasting light tan head. Not quite as fruity as I expected. This is a soft, round and sweetish, chocolatey offering. Fudge and nuts own most of the palate, but a grapey and plumy understated layer can be found underneath. Soft carbonation, medium, comfortable body. Moderate hops are still doing the job, bringing a healthy bitterness with leafy, earthy notes. Clean, well-balanced and most pleasant offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2007
Pours a black color with brown highlights and a medium, light brown head. Aroma of chocolate and vanilla beans, there’s a promise of luscious malt in there. Good flavor of chocolate with rich roasted malt and a dry, bitter finish. THe body is medium with a creamy texture and moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GRM (3077) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 5, 2007
Sample, at the Mondial de la bière 2007, savoured May 31 2007; eye: black, creamy beige head, opaque, no effervescence; nose: aggressive hops, caramelized malt, light smoke; mouth: roasted malt, silky, hops, grainy malt, soya sauce, salty, long finale in hops, creamy, quite bitter, medium body, sticky and lightly grainy texture, average carbonation; overall: correct FRANÇAIS Échantillon, bue au Mondial de la bière 2007, savourée le 31 mai 2007; oeil : noire, mousse crémeuse beige, opaque, pas d’effervescence; nez : houblon agressif, malt caramélisé, légère fumée; bouche : malt torréfié, soyeuse, houblon, malt granuleux, sauce soya, salée, finale longue et houblonnées, crémeuse, assez amère, corps moyen, texture collante et légèrement granuleuse, carbonatation moyenne; en résumé : correct

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2007
Tap Mondial. Deep rich smell of roast coffee, dark brown, ruby at the sides, small cappuccino head. Fine coffee flavour, dark chocolate, treacle, brazil nuts, liquorice. Full bodied,complex, very well balanced, bitter and bold. Great!

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