Today was a long day. This week seriously needs to end. Work has just been absolutely crazy. I guess it’s good that I’m only taking two classes this semester because I don’t think I’d be able to handle anymore than two. At least it’s Opening Day for baseball. The Phils don’t play today, but the Yankees did win. Although they’re not my team, I always root for them because of my father and my sister. I’m watching the Giants-Dodgers game. I can’t believe how much I’ve missed baseball and beer goes so well with watching a game. Tonight’s selection is a bottle that is courtesy of my father. Let’s see how it is…
Style: American Porter
Trivia: According to beernews.org, “This spring, Heavy Seas Beer Co. will debut Letter of Marque, a Hop Rye Porter, as part of its Mutiny Fleet series that launched last year. The beer will appear in 22 oz. bottles and on draft. Here is the write-up from the brewery: ‘Winners from our 2009 Letter of Marque Homebrew Competition will work along side our brewers to create this one time special release. Letter of Marque will feature a different beer every year selected from our national homebrew competition. Historically, a Letter of Marque was a document that made a Pyrate a legitimate professional. Hence, our Letter of Marque makes a home brewer a legitimate professional as well!’ This year’s recipe is from Frank Butt and Neil Heinlein. ABV is 7.8%.”
Random: I think I’m rooting for the Giants in this game, primarily because I like Buster Posey and Matt Cain.
Holy head Batman! This took a good three pours to be able to take a picture. The head was a good three fingers and tan and very fluffy. The body was a definite dark brown with little visible carbonation. On the nose, this definitely doesn’t smell like a typical porter. It had a huge roasty quality to it with roasted malts and coffee and rye. It followed up with a definite hint of hops. This was definitely enticing. The taste was very similar to what was in the nose. I got some smoke, toasted malts, rye and hoppy goodness. For me, it’s very similar to a black IPA, not that I’m complaining. For all of the flavors going on, they really worked together. The moderate carbonation was pleasant and the brew finished with a hint of rye. I really got into it the more I sipped it. I’d definitely have it again.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0