Sledutah (5104) - Utah, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle labeled as L’Exploratrice Hoppy Porter, shared by Eric, thanks
Appearance: Slightly hazy brown with a small beige head and good lacing left in the glass
Aroma: Light aroma of sour hops
Taste: Malts, sweet and old hops
Mouthfeel was thin. An ok beer, I’m not sure this is a Black IPA though.
Aquilo (556) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is labeled as a "hoppy porter," but it isn’t really either. I suppose it fits the "black IPA" designation, but I think it should just be labeled as a brown ale. Pours dark brown, but too light for a porter, and hardly any head. Aroma of roasted malt, nuts, and olive brine. Mildly bitter flavor, and a tad sweet. As a brown ale, this is average. As a porter or black IPA, it falls below expectations.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2011
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
In short: Nuts, soap, candies, perfume, etc. A mess.
How: Bottle 330ml (labelled L’Exploratrice Hoppy Porter). Consumed fresh (probably fresh) a few weeks after purchase. Dropped at my house by dand645, thanks Dan
The look: Opaque mahogany body topped by a quickly receding beige head
In long: Strange and slightly off-putting nose that is perfume, flower petals and fruit cake. Taste is builds on the aroma and adds a lot of nuts (peanuts), scented hard-candies, table syrup, some caramel, oranges, medicine cabinet and soap. I believe there is some pine-tree hops trying to pierce through but it tastes like Pine-Sol because of the perfume, soap and all. Rather sweet with an after-taste of brown-sugar and cleaning product. The problematic flavors are annoying and the non-problematic flavors clash with each others. This beer is a complete mess. Holy crap this was bad. May the refrains of all Justin Bieber songs get stuck in the head of the brewer.
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a bottle poured a brown color with a small amount of head. Nice light sweet malty flavor with a quick finish.
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark murky red brown; almost no head. Light herbal/earthy aroma. Strange flavor. Sort of a muddy IPA. The herbal bitterness of a mojito where the mint leaves are crushed instead of bruised. Almost interesting, not worth the price of admission.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours an amber bruin body with an off white head and light retention. Light coco and chocolate notes. A bit dry and roasty but the hop character smooths the beer our with an almost herbal character. Nice.
thornecb (4539) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 26, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours like an India Brown into a shaker and less like the "Hoppy Porter" described on the label. Sickly off-white head recedes to pancake surface. Licorice and raisin aromas. Thin with front to back roasted nuts and dark pit fruits. Meh.
wedgie9 (2096) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes. L’Exploratrice Hoppy Porter tasted from bottle at Lush Roscoe. Pours muddy brown orange with a thick white head that leaves spotty lace. The nose is brown malt with some brown sugar sweetness and nice aromatic hops. The flavor displays the zesty hops a little more with the malt, brown sugar, and light yeast acting as backbone. The body is medium with light carbonation and a long hops and malt finish.
bhensonb (11526) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. As L’Exploratrice. Pours very dark brown/black with a sharp, foamy off-white head. Sort of a soapy aroma. Full bodied with foamy carbonation. Flavor is dark malt with some strong citrusy hop. The flavor is strong. Mouth-grabbing. Very smooth, begging the carbonation, and finishes definitely on the dry side. Well crafted.
Strykzone (5072) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark brown beer that has caramel colored highlights. A nice thick one finger tan head. The aroma is chocolate and nuts. Flavor is nutty, light chocolate. Hops are more noticed by a slow buildup in the aftertaste. They are grapefruit and a bit spicy. This beer entered with malty porter notes but finished with plenty of those hops. A sticky syrup feel. Multifaceted and interesting.