Alice Porter Renaissance Baltic Porter – Brew Dog (Scotland)

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  • My Rating: B+

Alice Porter Renaissance Baltic Porter – BrewDog Brewery, 6.2% ABV – 330ml, (Aberdeenshire, Scotland)

On front side label:

“The profoundly puzzling Alice Porter. Cryptic. Enigmatic. Alchemistic. Few beers are shrouded in secrecy like the porter; a beer whose roots are said to be punctuated by hurried footsteps along cobbled London streets and swirls of mist from atop the River Thames. Decloaked and radically reinvisaged, BrewDog’s Alice Porter is a 6.2% sacred union of 300-year-old recipe and two cross continental hop varieties. A delicate mirage of chocolate, red fruit and burnt sugar, let Alice Porter whisk you away to a forgotten time juxtaposed against the backdrop of modernity. And then, before you know it, she’s gone… tumbling down a rabbit hole into the same obscurity that first caught your attention. Leaving but the question – who or what is Alice Porter?”

  • Style: Baltic Porter
  • Taste Profile: Sweet fizzy/creaminess -> dark fruit/sour/roasted coffee/malts -> burnt wood/vanilla coffee bitter finish.
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor
  • How much: $3.50 (after 10% off), December 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: I like BrewDog. They never fail to disappoint. To me they are now synonymous with complexity and balance. So this pours dark cola brown with a sizable foamy head, thick retention, lots of micro streams hugging the side of the glass. Roasted chocolate malts with coffee bittersweetness on the nose. Drinks with a bright fizzy-to-creaminess up front, 7/10-sweetness sitting atop sour dark fruit (almost cherry-like), the acidity of coffee, roasted coffee, malts, mild burnt wood, hints of chocolate, vanilla, finishing coffee med-heavy bitter. Medium complexity, med-high depth, good carry, good transitions, good drinkability. Quite an interesting beer to sip whilst discovering the flavours.

5 A.M. Saint iconoclastic amber ale – Brew Dog (Scotland)

5 A.M. Saint iconoclastic amber ale – Brew Dog, 5% ABV – 330ml,(Scotland)

  • Style: Amber Ale
  • My Rating: A-
  • Taste Profile: Silky mouthfeel -> grapefruit/hops/malts/caramel -> bitter hoppy finish.
  • Where I got it: St. John’s Liquor
  • How much: $4, March 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours cloudy brownish orange with a smallish head, not much retention, good lacing, some slow streams. Aromatic malts, caramel, and hints of tangerine hops on the nose. Buttery smooth creamy entry, silky mouthfeel, tastes of bitter orange peel, sharp fresh lively hops, malts, grapefruit, caramel, finishing boldly hoppy bitter. Medium complexity, medium-high depth, great transitions, great carry, great drinkability.

I Hardcore You (Imperial IPA) – Mikkeller & Brew Dog

I Hardcore You (Imperial IPA) – Mikkeller & Brew Dog, 9.5% ABV (Scotland)

From the ratebeer.com website:

I Hardcore You is a 9.5% Imperial India Pale Ale, an international collaborative effort between 2 of Europe’s most rock ’n roll brewers. This beer is a blend of BrewDog’s Hardcore IPA and Mikkeller’s I Beat You. After the blending, the beer was then dry hopped a further twice. Making I Hardcore You a beer which has been dry hopped four times, or maybe even six times. We kinda lost count.”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: A-
  • Why I enjoy it: depth in an IPA, doesn’t drink like a 9.5%
  • Where I got it: Shinjuku (Shinanoya), Jan 2012
  • How much: ¥600 ($8)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting Notes: pours slightly cloudy orange jam colour, dissipating small head, ringed and thin layered retention, micro CO2, multiple varied-speed CO2 streams, thin sticky lacing. Bright honeyed orange citrus on the nose. Ultra-velvety mouthfeel and creamy CO2 up front, 5/10 bitter orange peel, full-bodied flavour, mild grapefruit hoppy softly biting bitter finish. Medium-high complexity, high depth, long length, excellent carry, very nice transitions. A highly refined IPA.