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Brewed by Porterhouse
Style: English Strong Ale
Dublin, Ireland

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RATINGS: 238   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Our secret weapon. A fulsome, winsome strong ale. A deep copper tinged brew for the true aficionado, longer fermentation and thrice hopping bring about a complex soft bitterness allied to a malt induced sweetness with the characteristic oily Fuggles hop perfume. Not just for students. Once "stuffed" savour the flavour of a glass as a digestif... True "Aroma-therapy".

Grain: Pale Malt, Roast Barley, Black Malt, Flaked Barley.
Hops: Galena, Nugget, East Kent Goldings.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
77ships (3546) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 15, 2013
20 cl. draft @ Delirium Hoppy Loft. Dark amber, textbook with an off-white head. Nose is hoppy, like a brutal bitter, very herbal hop profile with some hay coupled with caramel malts, brown sugar sweetness but 0 balance. Taste is very bitter herbs, lots of herbs but getting only bitter herbal hops, bitter hay hops, boozy feels very strong, with burned caramel, brown sugar malts but once again no balance, more herbs in the back in the sweetness. Boozy. Quite oily body. This feels like a bitter on steroids but honnestly I do not get the point of that. It is not a bad drink.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje (6582) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 15, 2013
Draft @ Hoppy Loft. Cuivrée, col beige fin.Arôme de malt pâle, le tout restant très anglais. Pointe de houblon citronnée gardant un bouquet houblon-amer agréable et proche d’une bitter. Léger malté biscuité-pâle qui contrebalance les houblons. Palais garde cette base anglaise oscillant vers une amertume modérée. Sec sur qcq notes d’agrumes citronnées. La bière reprend ici le caractère typique des houblons anglais. Pointe herbacée - rappelant des feuilles vertes. Correcte.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pringao_Toribi (220) - Oviedo, SPAIN - OCT 11, 2013
Too strong alcoholic flavour for an ale, mediocre aroma and rich hoppy aftertaste.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
allmyvinyl (2795) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 27, 2013
330ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Clear copper brown, thin white head. Aromas of toffee, British hops - spicy and earthy, burnt sugar. More sweetness on the taste. Bit sticky, and a short sweet finish. OK.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stravale (2037) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - SEP 22, 2013
Bottle from Foley’s Sligo [220913]
Dark amber, clear, big frothy white head, good lacing
Aroma - Fairly heavy sweet caramel malts, slight grain, hint of fruity hop resins, mainly malts, touch spicy
Taste - Fruity caramel malts, dab of caramelised orange, bitter spicy English hops, touch peppery, some bitter hop resins, alcohol quite noticeable, quite a complex flavour profile but mainly malty
Palate - Medium carb and body. Fairly smooth texture. Finish - quite dry, some bitter spicy hops, bitter alcohol linger
Overall - Smooth beer, strong bitter finish, fairly long bitter linger, quite good overall

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (4869) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 9, 2013
Amber pour with creamy white head and lace. Sweet caramel malt and some brown sugar notes. Sweet caramel malt with a resiny like bitter finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation. a good beer

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
culchiem (2408) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 30, 2013
Deep red with a solid head. Aroma is strong malt. Flavour is warming malt and notes of plum, dark fruit and alco. A little dry burn on a long dry finish

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Spab (2244) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2013
330 ml bottle from Premier Wine and Spirits. Pours a dark copper colour with modest-sized light tan head. Aroma is sweet caramel and brown sugar, hints of toast and a spicy hoppiness. Flavour is toasty caramel, candied dried fruit, and a surprising spicy bitterness. Body on the heavy side.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ciaranc (784) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 10, 2013
330ml bottle. Deep copper, almost brown, frothy off white head. Caramel, nuts, cereal, toasted malt and burnt sugar in the nose, with a hint of perfumy hops. Flavour is sweet caramel offset with an understated English hop bitterness. Quite highly carbonated and big bodied. Finish is dusty malt, bittersweet. A nice example of the style.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
northropfrye (2082) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 17, 2013
Dark copper colour, lacing. Sweet malty aroma, taste of cherries, chocolate and some bitterness, Not bad.


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