seymour (1473) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted from bottle into nucleated pint glass. Mine was labelled Bière Trois Dames L’Exploratrice Hoppy Porter. Poured an opaque, very dark reddish-brown color with creamy foam, somewhat lasting with Belgian lace. Aromas of toast, caramel, strong toffee, coffee with cream, some (though far fewer than expected) perfumey hops. Complex malt-sweetness with roasty and nutty notes, moderate bittering and flavoring hops. Medium-heavy body, syrupy mouthfeel, lasting bittersweet aftertaste. My bottle was labelled Hoppy Porter, but was apparently an alias for this entry which is labelled as Black IPA. It was definitely not true-to-style for either of those descriptions. Which is fine; the best, most sophisticated brews defy clear categories. If I had to, I’d say this most resembled a refined old-world bock or dopplebock (though only 5.3% ABV). My first Swiss beer, and I’m impressed. I wonder if their others are this interesting and well-balanced? Delicious. Recommended.
drpimento (2293) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2011
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 3/20
I let this warm a bit from the fridge. I think this is another beer that is turning. Poured with a slightly thick and creamy, light tan head that soon subsided to a light cover and a little lace. Color is a hazy brown amber with trub particles floating. Aroma is funk, yeast, fruit, musty. Flavor is similar but is dominated by a tartness. No trace of hop in nose or flavor. Body is decent and carbonation soft. Finish is like flavor and I’m dumping the rest of it.
joergen (21507) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle in a hotel room in Lausanne.
Clear orange brown coloured with a medium sized beige head.
Fruity aroma of exotic fruits, hops and grass.
Fruity flavour of exotic fruits, hops and grape fruits.
Dry hoppy finish.
marcus (6773) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Star Grocery, Berkeley. Pours murky brown with some whitish bubbles on top and a chocolate aroma. It seems like everything from this brewery is either funky looking or funky tasting or both, but usually in a good way. This is not a usual brown ale. It is sweet and a little fruity with a hint of chocolate.
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Brown beer with a small cream colored head. Pine and caramel aroma. Grapefruit and pine flavor with caramel. Medium bodied. Grapefruit and tropical fruits linger with light caramel.
Ughsmash (7181) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aw.. I thought I was getting a porter here. Poured clear light-medium brown with a creamy beige head. The aroma picked up biscuit and sweeter chocolatey malts topped by spicy pine, earth, and a little raw boozage.. not bad, but not all that exciting for me. The flavor found caramel, nutty notes, and molasses on the sticky-sweet core.. earthy bitterness led on the edges, with pine in there too.. fairly sour on the back-end, and not in a good way. Medium-bodied at most on the palate.. just flowed OK.. not great, and I don’t need another.
crossovert (7896) - Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2 oz brown bottle. A new import from Switzerland.
It pours a nice coca-cola brownish red with a foamy off white head. The head sticks for a while and leaves some nice lacing behind. little hop bits can be seen suspended in the beer.
The smell is kind of sterile. When I think of hoppy porter I think of Alpha Klaus which this does not rival in terms of smell. There are some hops peeking through but the general smell I’m getting is lightly roasted chocolate and sweet caramel.
There is a definite tartness to the flavor and the hops are also evident in the flavor. Perhaps it wouldn’t be my first choice as a hop for a porter but it is interesting at least. The main flavor is of bitter coffee and bitter dark chocolate. The beer smells rather sweet but tastes very bitter and pronounced.
It has a bit of a weak body for a porter, I would have liked it a bit chewier.
Overall it is a decent "porter", hoppier than most, but not as luscious as say an alpha klaus. Reminds my of the clumsy "black" IPAs, black IPA lovers will put this in their pipe and smoke the shit out of it.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-08-2010 23:52:40
TBone (12992) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 330ml (BB 01/2012)
Deep ruby-brown color, small off-white head. American hoppy, sweaty-grassy aroma. Medium-bodied. Flowery, citrusy with balanced maltyness in the background. Nice crispy IPA. Black IPA only by color. Excellent beer.
oh6gdx (20902) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 25, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled (thanks Bov!). Rubyish amber colour, small beige head. Aroma is a bunch of fruity and floral hops with some spices and wooden notes. Quite resiny as well. Flavour is brutally bitter hoppy ending rather grassy and hayish. Brutal bitterness.
douglas88 (6323) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle, listed as a Hoppy Porter, thanks to Eric. Pours a deep brown color with a medium beige head. A almost sour brown malt nose, some hops. The flavor is decent; chocolate, caramel, earthy, light hops, more of a brown ale or weak porter than a true Black IPA I guess. Drinkable for sure.