Brewed by Brasseurs du Monde / Le Picoleur
Style: Porter
Saint-Hyacinthe, Canada


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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Porter anglais

Les patrons des pubs prs du port et des gares de Londres servaient jadis aux porteurs de bagages un mlange de deux ou trois bires issues de barils ne trouvant pas preneur. Les brasseurs dvelopprent alors une bire nomme Entire, intgrant les attributs du mlange : brune, malte, caramlise, un peu sucre, peine brle et pas trop forte en alcool. Idale pour faire le plein dnergie peu de frais sans sarrter longtemps pour manger, elle devint la Porters Beer. En souvenir de cette re, nous avons cr le Big Ben Porter, modrment sec et aux saveurs de malts caramliss un peu brls. Les houblons anglais lui ajoutent une lgre amertume, ce qui quilibre le tout.

A few hundred years ago, pub owners near the London port and train stations were known to serve local porters a cheap blend of beer comprised of the remains of two or three brews that they could not sell. An ideal, inexpensive beverage to replenish ones energy, it became known as Porters Beer. As its popularity grew, brewers then developed a beer called Entire Butt, incorporating various attributes of the original mixture to create a slightly sweet, malty brown beer with lightly burnt caramel notes. It is in homage to this era that our Big Ben Porter was created. Moderately dry with flavors of slightly burnt caramel malts and English hops to bring a light bitterness and balance it all.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pushkinwow (2758) - Ottawa, Ontario, - NOV 8, 2012
Picked up a 500ml bottle from Broue Haha just because. Mahogany brown with a biege head that fades. Nice roasted malt, light coffee, hint of sweetness and chocolate. Mild carbonation, moderate to mild body, somewhat sweet, bit of a strange vegetable tinge, some chocolate and malt on the finish, Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spab (3726) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2016
500 ml bottle from Drummondville Metro. Pours a very dark brown with mocha-coloured head that leaves some lace. Aroma is quite roasty with lots of coffee, a little dark chocolate and some sweet toffee. Flavour has a strong roasty character with notes of coffee, sweetish toffee, dark chocolate and a bit of herbal bitterness. Fine carbonation. Good one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kauge (1899) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 4, 2016
Tap at Le Saint-Bock in Montral. Brown with copper/ruby. Toasty aroma with sourish berries. Leafy, earthy. Tastes toasty and sweet, finishes grainy. Not too bad, but again, not exactly what Id expect when ordering a Porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
paco (576) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAR 29, 2016
Draft at bier markt Montreal. Dark pour with a moderate head. Aromas of light coffee, grains and maybe chocolate. Taste is malt forward.msome grains and a bit of coffee. Lingering burnt finish, maybe a bit of chocolate. Mellow carbonation and a solid body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Taboada (1192) - Compostela (Galiza), - MAR 9, 2016
Tasted from the tap on the 05/03/2016 at Barcelona Beer Festival. Black opaque colour with medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and cereals. Taste is dry with predominance of the roasted malts and the hops. Next one please!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beardbeerman (341) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 21, 2015
Pours a opaque black with a faint brownish hue topped by a finger of tanned fluffy head shwing good retention and leaving some small lacing. The nose is coffee grind, dark chocolate and some brown sugar. The taste is at first more bitter than sweet with strong burnt notes. You do get eventually some mellow torrefaction thats more enjoyable to the palate. Some sweetness and or more corpus to balance out the bitterness would make this brew really stand out. Cheers!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jshupka (15) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2015
Colour is dark reddish / brown. The taste is that of toasted malt, a bit of cocoa, maybe a bit of something spicy. Really nailed the fine carbonation, good overall mouth feel. Leaves my palate with a bit of...something I cant quite put my finger on, which is why I cant rate it higher. Nonetheless; a good porter, overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
veronneaupy (241) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 25, 2014
Un nez, on sent un peu le sucre et la mélasse. En bouche, c'est sucré et cendré. On passe du sucre à l'amertume en finale. C'est une version accessible et un peu sucré d'une porter ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jksipa (878) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2014
Very dark reddish brown pour with a small dark brown head that fades quickly.Nose of roasted malt, brown sugar, cocoa and coffee. Medium sweet toffee followed by a medium light bitter dark chocolate and a quite dry finish though there are some metallic notes. Mouth is medium creamy with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (5041) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 12, 2014
Big Ben on tap at the brewpub. It has a nice cocoa and light molasses aroma. Malty dark goodness, sweet. A solid London Porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pumpkinhead2 (915) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2014
Bire noire aux lgers reflets rouge, bien voile ( la lumire on peut apercevoir des particules en suspension), effervescence qui semble bonne, et surmont dun col peine constitu dune fine pellicule bruntre la surface du liquide. Armes principalement sucr (caramel, cassonade, mlasse), avec un petit quelque chose de fum (viande fume) et de torrfi (caf lger, chocolat au lait) et peut-tre mme des petits fruits foncs (bleuet, cerise, mre). Nez agrable, complexit intressante, mais a manque franchement dintensit, beaucoup trop timide. En bouche, ptillement moyen-fort sur la langue, onctuosit moyenne, breuvage un peu mince mais qui semble tout de mme lgrement liquoreux et collant au palais. Au got, beaucoup de sucr, du caramel, de la mlasse, avec du pain bien grill voire lgrement brl, et des notes bien chocolat, surtout davantage en finale. On retrouve les petits fruits foncs en bouche, mais ils font davantage prune/pruneau, ainsi que la fume/viande fume qui est cependant beaucoup plus subtile quau nez. On note galement une agrable petite saveur danis, ainsi quune touche dacidit qui fait penser la prsence dun certain houblon citronn quoique celui-ci soit tout de mme peu discernable. Lamertume est quant elle bien lgre. Bire heureusement bien plus intense en bouche quau nez, ce qui permet den apprcier bien davantage la belle complexit. Bonne intgration des diffrentes saveurs, quoiquon note un dsquilibre marqu en faveur des sucres. En dfinitive, il sagit dune bien bonne bire!

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