Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - SEP 20, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2008 Creamy beige head tops a beautiful deep red Altbier. Nose starts from a complex red fruits bouquet, namely ripe plums & black cherries, a nice burnt caramel, to a subtle noble hop hint. Well bodied, starting with a firm maltiness & ending with a really bitter dry end. Fantastic.
MartinT (8127) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2008 My Bottom Line:
Toasted and caramel maltiness hugs peppery, wooden hoppiness before slowly letting go to reclaim its succulent sovereignty in this complex and very drinkable strong Altbier.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-Whipped cream-like foam adorns the russet gown.
-This may be heavier than the usual Altbier, but I donít believe these guys are trying to brew to specific stylings. Good for them!
-The body is delicate and round, with relaxing carbonation.
-There are dried fruit edges, especially in the nose.
-Balance is achieved. This is a beautiful beer, like many brewed at Lambrate.
On tap at the brewpub.
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - JUL 25, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Curiosa con grande complessitŗ di frutta in primo luogo prugna fresca; molto dolce, forse un po’ stucchevole, da bere con discrezione ma comunque ottima.
daniele (5759) - ITALY - JUN 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2010 alla spina schiuma media ambrato carico note fruttate tendente al dolce bilanciata dalla tostatura e luppolo
KnutAlbert (6267) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 26, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brew pub, October 2007.
Cloudy red beer, served a bit too cold, but it opens up as it warms up. Fruity, some bittersweet cherries.
I donít know if itís an amber ale or an alt.
The tasting note on their web site says it is a clear red, that must be a filtered version.
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 4     Pale Yellow(1)->Dark brown(5) : 4     Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 2
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 3   White(1)->Tan(5) : 2   Lasting: 3   Lacing : 2
Intensity : 3
Yeast : XX   Bread : 2   Apple : XX   Tropical Fruits : XX   Soap : XX   DMS : XX   Diacetyl : XX Sulfur : XX
Malt : 4   Biscuity : 2   Hay : XX   Toasty : 3   Caramel : 2   Nuts : 2   Honey : XX   Cereals : 2   Grainy : XX
Hops : 2   Noble(1)->American(5) : 2   Leafy : 3   Spicy : 1   Floral : XX   Lemon/Lime : XX   Grapefruit : XX   Orange : XX   Herbal : 2   Grassy : XX   Pine/Spruce/Resin : XX
Notes :   Peach/Apricot : XX   Earth : XX   Mint : XX   Butterscotch : XX   Smoke : XX
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 4   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Sourness : XX   Bitterness : 1   Complex : XX   Length : XX
Light(1)->Full(5) : 3   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 3   Clean : XX   Sharp : XX   Watery : XX   Oily : XX   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : XX   Mineral : XX   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : XX
Comments: Quite sweet amber ale with darker malts than most. Just a leafy kiss. Well-brewed as is usual for the house, but Iím surprised to see this as one of their highest rated offering.
tomciccateri (1019) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml capped bottle, labeled 5%. Slightly malty aroma, tan head, medium body with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry malty flavor matched with effervescence (bottle-conditioned?) Clean and tasty.
JorisPPattyn (8031) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 20, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught Huge topped-up, brownish head, over dark chestnut beer with, indeed, a purple shine. Lots of caramel, toffee, liqueurish, sweet bread, like a Bock. Warming up, I get more dark candi sugar. First dry taste, leafy, then sweet-bready, going over again to dry, rather toasted taste. Caramel seeps in, making up for a very malty beer indeed. A bit of Valerian retronasal. Gives a probably exaggerated full bodied impression, slick, viscous nearly, but in fact, the beer is a bit thin, really. Good amber ale, for lovers of a good malt dose.
Keeper (252) - Milano, ITALY - OCT 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Milanís beer. Amber color,creamy head, cherry aroma. Fantastic body structure, very balanced.
CamdenD (1094) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAR 27, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice birra rossa -- altbier? I can see that. Unfortunately this beer does suffer, a bit, from "doppio malto" disease here in italy where anything thatís more than 5% and dark needs to be sugared, or so it seems. Porpora does succeed in remaining somewhat dry and even a bit hopped so as to begin to fight back against the overwhelming tide of caramel and sticky sugar. Good beer.