Great Lakes Alberta Clipper

Posted: August 10, 2015 in American Porter, Great Lakes Brewing Company, Reviews

I hate the fact that pumpkin beers are out already. I have no interest in a pumpkin beer until September. By that point, a lot of pumpkin beers are sold out. So, I have to buy them early and then cellar them until September, which is also annoying. But, let’s get to this beer which would be awesome in the winter.


ABV: 7.8%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Bid farewell to winter’s cruel tyranny with the creamy, bittersweet dark chocolate flavors and fresh raspberry tartness of Alberta Clipper Porter. Named for the intense winter storms that sweep the Midwest and Great Lakes Regions, making us all a little tougher (and a lot colder), Alberta Clipper is the perfect treat to celebrate the return of milder weather and kiss those wintry winds goodbye…at least for a little while.”

Random: This is still listed as a draft-only, pub-exclusive on their website.

This beer poured with a one finger, tan head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose has notes of sweet chocolate and raspberry liquor, almost like Chambord. The taste was exactly the same as the nose. There was sweet chocolate and raspberry along with smoke and roasted malts, which gave the taste a bit more depth. The booze was hidden. The body was thin with light carbonation. It had a long finish with the same chocolate and raspberry. The bottle was $2.74, which broke down to $.23 per ounce. It’s a bit pricey, but a really enjoyable porter that I would have again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0


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