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Brewed by Porterhouse
Style: English Strong Ale
Dublin, Ireland

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RATINGS: 284   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bartlebier (3815) - Belchium im Biersgau, - NOV 20, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2016 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! // Rerate 2016/6: quite medicinal and alcholic underneath the lovely malt show - especially for a 7% ale. Bitterness gets quite unpleasant and the drinking experience indeed brainblasting like Huyghe’s Guillotine - only with better ingredients.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Benzai (15114) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAR 11, 2017
Tap @ The Porterhouse, Dublin shared with Niilstrong. Clear amber color, average sized off-white to beige head. Smell and taste malts, herbal hops, slightly medicinal, a bit sweet. Decent body and carbonation. Hmm not my kind of beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Carlisle (681) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2017
Bottle. Pours bronze-brown with light beige head. Nose of bready malt, raisins, and toffee with some alcohol. Bread crust with raisin and caramel notes along with some subtle chocolate. Some bitterness in the dry finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
josanguapo (1506) - SPAIN - DEC 19, 2016
At Cerveceria Internacional. Lunch with David. With russian salad + bratwurst + chorizo picante with rochefort montadito. In tulip glass. Some caramel but a very boring and flat brew. Served too cold. Had no foam, was it in good shape?

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bdleedahl (366) - , Saskatchewan, CANADA - NOV 19, 2016
Overly bitter unfortunately. Not advertised as an ipa on their menu in London, but it is, and lacking malt to back it up. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (3020) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 26, 2016
Pours a reddish orange color with a light head. Light hop aroma. A nice strong malt forward flavor. Notes: St Patrick’s Day visit ’10

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9729) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 22, 2016
My Bottom Line:
Added sugars and alcohol warmth catch the palate off guard, as leafy hop bitterness and fruity esters eventually succeed in gaining the most interest.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sumptuous head of foam crowns the deep amber shine.
-Alcohol should not be perceived at this strength.
-Mouthfeel is soft and lean.
-This drinks like a mediocre Belgian-style Strong Ale, but without the characterful yeast.

Bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaxiDriver (1775) - Stadland, GERMANY - MAY 15, 2016
A fruity and sweet aroma, also light medical. The small white creamy head has a long duration, the body is dark red. A quite bitter and medical taste. The body is medium strong, very creamy with a lively carbonation.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
aleksander9 (1574) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 22, 2016
Amber with white head. Red berries and caramel. Dry, toffee and alcoholic finish. Overall: meh meh

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ordybill (1644) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2016
Poured from an 11.2 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is an amber color with a small off-white head. The aroma is made up of toffee, hops and sweet fruit with a strong alcohol smell. The taste is mostly hops and sweet malt. A really good English Strong Ale.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skinnyviking (9325) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2016
50 cl. bottle. Low but lasting fluffy light brown head. Clear dark amber body. Acidic to sour fruity lemon aroma and flavor with a good deal of hops bitterness, low carbonation and a long bitter finish.


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