Gerbeer (2357) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - NOV 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml bottle. Pours a beautiful mahogany/red with medium head. Aromas of red fruit, toffee, and malts. Flavours of plums and caramel but hops bitterness is quite strong and sharp.
Carlowxxx (77) - Carlow, IRELAND - JUL 7, 2015
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Aroma: , is sweet and malty, with notes of toffee, dried fruits, bread dough and light yeasty spicesTaste: Taste is softly sweet and malty, and medium bitter, grassy and earthy. More notes of toffee, bread dough, grains, grass.
Palate: good body
RobertDale (4266) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 27, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at The Porterhouse Bar Central in Dublin. Comes a clear amber with a decent beige head. Aroma of malt, fruit, and caramel. Taste is sweet malt, dark fruit, and caramel. Did not get much in the way of hops. Decent.
davidtjm (917) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 27, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pour is amber with a frothy head, aroma is apple. Taste is malty, fruity, powerful bitter finish with rum notes. Interesting brew
blackisle (1201) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - JUN 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 33cl. Clear amber brown, average frothy off-white head, diminishes slowly, good lacing; complex aroma, dark malts, dark fruits, caramel, licorice, light roasted, cocoa, hint of citrus; taste medium sweet and bitter, chocolate, roasty; medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation, aftertaste full bitter, sweet notes, roasted, spicy notes, chocolate in the finish; quite nice.
sound67 (472) - Offenbach, GERMANY - JUL 29, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
EvanFriend (417) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is brown sugar, a bit of smoke, vanilla, and whiskey. Taste starts out slightly sour, the vanilla and whiskey notes show through, ends with a faint hop bitterness. I like this beer.
teorn88 (3599) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Backlog rating. Keg at Porterhouse London. It pours a deep rich amber color with a nice creamy off-white head. Aroma is sweet and malty, with notes of toffee, dried fruits, bread dough and light yeasty spices. Taste is softly sweet and malty, and medium bitter, grassy and earthy. More notes of toffee, bread dough, grains, grass. Medium to full bodied with creamy texture and good carbonation. Overall, decent strong ale
cervmagpt (415) - PORTUGAL - MAY 7, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 9E, adapted). Bottle 33 cl - Batch unknown. AROMA: sweet malty aroma with notes of dried fruits, roasted malt, dried grapes and a slight whiskey barrel and caramelized malt aspect. APPEARANCE: reddish copper color with orange highlights and translucent. medium dark beige head with medium retention. TASTE: initial sweet malty flavour, with some notes of dried fruits and whiskey barrel that evolves into a roasted and highly bitter finish. High bitterness from hops and roasted malt that lasts beyond a dry finish. PALATE: medium-low body with medium-low carbonation. finish almost astringent. OVERALL: and interesting strong ale with a bit too much roasted flavour.
nihtila (1727) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 28, 2015
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
27.1.2015. Taste has some very strong rye-like malt, not pleasant. Also other malts, ripe fruits.
Gangstergafje (281) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - APR 29, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful deep red color. The foam is rough and disappears quickly. The smell is great. It is really sour, it has something of sour cream and strawberries. There are also some other red fruits, like berries. The taste is incredible. There is apple and other fruits, really sweet but it also has a beery bitterness. It is a beer like no other.