Brewed by Porterhouse
Style: English Strong Ale
Dublin, Ireland


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RATINGS: 269   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.

bartlebier's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bartlebier (2760) - Belchium im Biersgau, - NOV 20, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2013 330ml bottle - bierpost.com - The same quality blend of rich, tasty malts and subtly-dosed quality hops as in Porterhouse’s "Wrassler’s stout" - only, contrary to what the label says, the flavour does not wholly "belie its alcohol content" - with only 7 ABV, the distinct boozy esthers dominate the top of the aroma and almost make this great drinkable recipe into a cautious sipper. Hide the ABVs a bit better and I’m back on board for a full 6 pack. - Have to appreciate the Joycean "tasty drop" pun, though. -- Rerate II/2013: must have gotten a fresher bottle this time (bb24/06/2012): very tasty and none too stingingly added Galena, Nugget and East Kent Goldings make for a delicious ImpStout’ishly fresh fruity nose. Dry aftertaste, noticeable ABV remain. 2nd choice after Wrassler’s!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
motelpogo (7702) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gegwilson (2255) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
altonbrownd (4351) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lebermilz (122) - GERMANY - AUG 9, 2015
@IPABar Neukoelln. VERY persistent froth, Smells like a brewery, freshly milled malt, hay, Fresh, malty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sound67 (570) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Carlowxxx (116) - Carlow, IRELAND - JUL 7, 2015
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
davidtjm (972) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 27, 2015
Bottle. Pour is amber with a frothy head, aroma is apple. Taste is malty, fruity, powerful bitter finish with rum notes. Interesting brew

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blackisle (1298) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - JUN 22, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RobertDale (4433) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 27, 2015
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cervmagpt (457) - PORTUGAL - MAY 7, 2015
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.

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