Brooklyn Wild Horse Running Porter

Posted: May 17, 2017 in American Wild Ale, Brooklyn Brewery, Reviews

This was the second beer that I had at the bar to pair with my spicy chicken sandwich. It’s also part of Brooklyn’s special draft only selections.

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ABV: 6.5%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Centuries ago when brewers were first learning to wrangle wild yeasts, many came to prize the staid and predictable Saccharomyces yeast that worked such wonders in bread, beer and wine. But Saccharomyces had a cousin that could not be saddled named Brettanomyces, or ‘the British yeast.’ Brett instead made beers that smelled like tropical fruits and horse blankets, imbued with a leathery, earthy funk. This yeast had no interest in being ‘normal.’
Brett gained praise for the extra complexity it brought to the dark porters that built the great breweries of Britain and powered the American Revolution. It lingered in the sour beers of Belgium. But after the 1800s, tastes became mild, and people shied away from Brett’s funky kick. Brewers and winemakers alike banished it back out into the pastures whence it came. Now, Brett comes thundering back home. Our Wild Horse Porter starts off with a full Brett fermentation, which is then finished with a late addition of our house ale yeast. The result is an intriguing, full-bodied beer with a hay-forward funk on the nose preceding flavors of chocolate, coffee, fruit and caramel. We’re riding on the wild side. Are you ready?”

Random: I’m binging on “Jeopardy” as I update the blog. The cats keep getting woken up by me yelling at the tv.

The brew poured with a quarter finger of tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black color, with no visible carbonation. On the nose, I picked up a lot of funk from the Brett and nothing else. This was serious funk and muted any porter notes. The taste was just as much funk as the nose. This was more like a funky foot smell rather than a horse blanket note. It had a red wine characteristic as well, which made this a bit more interesting. At the end of the sip, some smoke and chocolate came through. The body was medium thickness with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy and funky finish. I wasn’t a fan of this beer. I appreciated that they wanted to highlight the funk, but it needed more flavors for me and not just yeast.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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