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Brewed by Porterhouse
Style: English Strong Ale
Dublin, Ireland

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RATINGS: 274   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   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.


edgallow's rating

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
edgallow (3190) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 25, 2012
11.2 oz bottle pours deep amber with a off white head. Aroma of nuts, malts, some floral notes and fruit. Taste is malts, caramel and a nice bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ciocanelu (591) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - JAN 4, 2016
Clear mahogany color with beige head. Aroma is malty with dark sugar and caramel notes. Taste is bittersweet and roasty. Body is quite light and fizzy. Not bad but there’s not much going on.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheKernOwl (66) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2015
Rich toffee/mince pie/caramel nose. Big sweet/caramel malts with slight bitter finish. Nicely flavoured, nicely balanced. Tastes stronger than 6.5%!

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratto (95) - - DEC 12, 2015
Bottle bbe19-04-16. Pours clear dark copper, head dissapears fast. Aroma sweet dried fruits, alcohol when cold. Taste sweet caramel with spicy and piney bitterness. Should be served quite warm otherwise the sweetness does not balance the hops and alcohol. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentAle (1307) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 23, 2015
Aroma is roasted malts, caramel, raisins and toffee. Taste is an almost chewy mouthfeel with rich sweet malts and caramel. A moderate bitterness rounds out the palette nicely. Very slight flatness on finish. Appearance is a clear amber with a thin pearl head that retains fairly well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SinH4 (1595) - Garching, GERMANY - OCT 23, 2015
Plums, sweet caramel. Taste is intensely sweetish-fruity, with a heavy bitter touch, feels boozy. Only 6.5ABV? incredible. A real taste explosion. Crazy stuff, but maybe someone appreciates it.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
motelpogo (7706) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 1, 2015
bottle from the fridge at pivo plzen. dark amber with a modest head; aroma of toffee, cake dough and menthol; light zesty citrus; full mouthfeel, modest bitterness; decent drinkability

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gegwilson (2524) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2015
Keg in the Porterhouse Temple Bar, Dublin. Amber with a thin off white head. Not too much aroma. The taste is mild spice and bitter citrus with toasty malt undertones. Quote tasty.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
altonbrownd (4813) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - AUG 23, 2015
1/18/2008 8:34:13 AM On tap at Porterhouse, London. Smokey nose. Quite dry. Bitter. Some caramel notes. Smooth. A tasty ale overall.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lebermilz (158) - GERMANY - AUG 9, 2015
@IPABar Neukoelln. VERY persistent froth, Smells like a brewery, freshly milled malt, hay, Fresh, malty.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sound67 (595) - Offenbach, GERMANY - JUL 29, 2015
Maker: Porterhouse Brewing Company, Dublin, Ireland *** Beer: Porterhouse Brainblasta (bottled, 330ml) *** Style: Strong/Old Ale *** ALC.VOL.: 6.5% (not 7% as quoted at ratebeer) *** "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." [brewery note] *** Colour: Deep clear dark amber, with a medium sized, creamy head. *** Nose: Preserved fruit (Rumfrüchte!), candied orange peel, toffee malts. Very sweet indeed. *** Texture: Medium bodied, oily. Limited carbonation. *** Taste: After the very sweet aroma, the first taste will catch you off guard: Yes, there are the preserved fruit, a bit of honey, but they’re obliterated, thrashed by a herbal bitterness with hoppy notes, coriander, other spices. The middle is predominantly herbal, not at all sweetish, with a firm malty background. Campher is one of the herbs I think that can be singled out. Finish is herbal, too, with hints of all the different intermittent tastes coming back to haunt you in the aftertaste. *** Impressions: Extraordinary strong ale with an unbelievable range of flavours and depth of flavour. One of the most intriguing beers I’be had in a long time. Herbal. spicy, fruity, never cloying. But certainly not a session beer.


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