Gangstergafje (1231) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - APR 29, 2015
Beautiful deep red color. The foam is rough and disappears quickly. The smell is great. It is really sour, it has something of sour cream and strawberries. There are also some other red fruits, like berries. The taste is incredible. There is apple and other fruits, really sweet but it also has a beery bitterness. It is a beer like no other. flip_soeperman (880) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 19, 2011
caramel, hay, floral, citrus, herbs, dough, earthy, red, hazy, white foam, very bitter, heavily sour, full body, oily feel, lively, SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 23, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2012 bottle. pours clear amber with a fluffy whipped white head. malt and red fruit nose. malty english esters. creamy and smooth palate. that’s the stuff. Diaga (8) - IRELAND - JAN 4, 2011 does not count
I’m quite a fan of this beer. Its one of the few Porterhouse beers that carrys well in both bottle and tap formats and one of my staples everytime I go to Dublin. Its strength is noticeable and it feels somewhere between an Irish Red and a Strong English. However, it is very strongly flavoured with plenty of nuts and a sweet floral/fruit taste. Aftertaste is lengthy and satisfying. drpimento (3736) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2012
Pretty good brew. Poured slightly cold with a nice, tan, creamy, thick head that soon settles to a light cover and loads of sticky lace. Color is a clear bronze with the ocassional, slow, lonely bubble trail. Aroma is malt, toffee, caramel, burnt sugar, dark ripe fruit. Flavor’s like nose, is bitter up front, sweet in back and great carbonic tang to complete the picture. Body and carbonation are spot on. Finish is like flavor, sweetness tapers to a long bitter end, no alcohol buzz. Very drinkable beer. Wish I had more.
bulldogops (2726) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 8, 2013
Rating #774 - Nov 18, 2013 - Bottle at beer revolution. Dark brown-black pour with a bubbly tan foam that dissipates rather quickly. Aroma is floral, oily hops, rich toffee burnt sugar malty sweetness. Lightly carbonated. Smooth mouthfeel. Medium-full bodied, this packs a punch. Strong alcohol character balanced by the gentle bitterness of the more noble hops. Absolutely superb. sound67 (776) - Offenbach, GERMANY - JUL 29, 2015
Maker: Porterhouse Brewing Company, Dublin, Ireland ***
Beer: Porterhouse Brainblasta (bottled, 330ml) ***
Style: Strong/Old Ale ***
ALC.VOL.: 6.5% (not 7% as quoted at ratebeer) ***
"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." [brewery note] ***
Colour: Deep clear dark amber, with a medium sized, creamy head. ***
Nose: Preserved fruit (Rumfrüchte!), candied orange peel, toffee malts. Very sweet indeed. ***
Texture: Medium bodied, oily. Limited carbonation. ***
Taste: After the very sweet aroma, the first taste will catch you off guard: Yes, there are the preserved fruit, a bit of honey, but they’re obliterated, thrashed by a herbal bitterness with hoppy notes, coriander, other spices. The middle is predominantly herbal, not at all sweetish, with a firm malty background. Campher is one of the herbs I think that can be singled out. Finish is herbal, too, with hints of all the different intermittent tastes coming back to haunt you in the aftertaste. ***
Impressions: Extraordinary strong ale with an unbelievable range of flavours and depth of flavour. One of the most intriguing beers I’be had in a long time. Herbal. spicy, fruity, never cloying. But certainly not a session beer. zexpe (39) - SCOTLAND - JUN 3, 2011
Awesome in Dublin - not so great in London. Very strong, sweet flavour, lovely colour. ordybill (1815) - 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.
Sean19 (14) - GERMANY - FEB 2, 2015
Sehr starkes Rotbier mit 7%. Aroma von englischen Weingummis; ungewöhnlicher, intensiver Geschmack. Zunächst eher süß, wieder ein Hauch von Weingummis. Im Nachgeschmack durchaus bitter. Ungewöhnlich aber gut.