marcus (9133) - 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 (8539) - 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 (7508) - 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 (11345) - 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 (16159) - 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 (25327) - 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 (8397) - 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.
Sledutah (7017) - 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 (622) - 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 (6103) - 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.