Archive for the ‘American Porter’ Category

One of the best parts of Hawaii was taking a boat trip on the Na Pali coast. We had relatively good weather until the end and the scenery was amazing. We saw all sorts of waterfalls and saw a bunch of humpback whales, which I definitely wasn’t expecting. We saw 10 in the ocean and since it was the end of the season, I didn’t expect to see any. We saw them jumping out of the water and hitting their tails against the water. It was awesome. Anyways, beer…

ABV: 7.4%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The smooth notes of natural chocolate in King Porter Stomp are in perfect syncopation with the five different malts that provide the bass line of this robust beast. Medium-bodied with a chocolate aroma, King Porter Stomp is smooth as jazz.”

Random: I’m really enjoying “Blue Planet II.”

The beer poured with a finger of tan head. It went away quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with some visible carbonation. The nose had the normal porter notes of dark chocolate, licorice and dark coffee. The taste was more towards chocolate than anything else. It also had roasted malts, licorice, black coffee and a touch of caramel sweetness at the end. The body was on the lighter side of porter with moderate carbonation. It had a quick finish with chocolate. A bottle was $2.17, which broke down to $.18 per ounce. This was a decent porter that didn’t pull any punches.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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Tonight’s selection is a beer that I picked up directly from the brewery. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 12%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “After working at some of the top breweries, including Sierra Nevada, Scott Vaccaro decided to open Captain Lawrence Brewing Co., in Pleasantville NY back in 2006. He started out with a small 15 barrel brew house and would bring kegs of beer down to the city in his Volkswagon Jetta to spread the flow of beer out to the masses. From those humble beginnings in Pleasantville, Scott’s New York craft beer started getting a lot of attention, and demand for his drinks began to grow. In 2012 Captain Lawrence, moved into its new digs in Elmsford NY, almost tripling the production space with a 40 barrel brew house and larger fermenting tanks. But more important was the installation of the bottling line. Bottled Captain Lawrence was few and far between, but because of the new installation, Scott was finally able to bottle his great ales to sell in stores.”

Random: Why is “Lip Sync Battle” so addictive?

The beer poured with a one finger, light brown head. It took awhile to go away, but left limited lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown, almost black in color. There was no carbonation visible due to the color. The nose had roasted malts, brown bread and a lot of smoke. There was also a hint of apple, I assume from the barrel aging. The taste started off with an intense amount of smoke. It quickly went into roasted malts and chocolate. The oak came through next with apple and vanilla and then went into a booze note. The body was on the thick side with light carbonation. It had a lengthy and sticky finish with booze and oak. I bought this beer directly from the brewery, so I don’t recall how much I paid for it, but this was an outstanding beer. The flavor was intense at the beginning, but once I got used to it, I really enjoyed it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

I love mini golf. I’m super competitive about it and there’s a course by my house that has 18 holes and is really challenging. I can’t wait until the weather is better and I can go back.

ABV: 6.4%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Last Snow Coconut & Coffee Porter is an ode to that special time in Florida where the needle dips just south of 75 – even for the briefest of moments. This rich, creamy porter is layered with coconut and freshly-roasted coffee for a taste that recalls a winter wonderland – even if, in our state, that’s just a state of mind.”

Random: This beer comes in at 35 IBUs and is available in bottles and on tap.

The beer poured with a four finger, light brown head. It took awhile to go away, but left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown, almost black with no visible carbonation due to color. The nose was filled with dark malts and coconut. The coconut reminded me of a candle or a shower gel, rather than actual coconut. The flavor started with an intense note of coconut. Much like the nose, it was artificial coconut. It also had some dark chocolate along with roasted malts and a touch of smoke. There was some coffee as well, but coconut was the dominant flavor. The body was on the lighter side of porter with high carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with coconut and coffee. Since this was a gift beer, I’m not sure what the price was. Either way, I liked the coconut flavor, I just wish that it was less of an artificial flavor.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Tonight’s beer is one that I have been aging for over a year in a waxed growler. Hopefully it stood up to the aging.

shipwreckporter

ABV: 10%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “When our friends and neighbors at Brinley shipped us ten of the barrels used to make their Brinley Gold Shipwreck Rum from their distillery on St. Kitts, we were given the opportunity to create a beer that would take advantage of wood rather than the other way around. We looked to coax complexity out of the marriage of a barrel’s soul and a brew’s potential, not just to bomb a huge beer with huge flavor. The rum that lives in these barrels for four years integrates its spice to the wood so well that it ends up reminiscent of a Bananas Foster. A sturdy brown honey porter seemed the best host to receive the ghosts from Shipwreck’s old home. We started with a base of deep malts looking for notes of coffee and chocolate, then enhanced them with the floral bouquet of local wildflower honey and the preservative strength of 10% ABV while keeping the body sensible. This was put in the casks to meld with the vanilla, wood, and spice notes, toned down by the oxidative effect of a year in the cellar. Drink Shipwreck Porter because a barrel should be so much more than a depth charge.”

Random: I’m not a big fan of rum.

This beer poured with a thick, one finger, light brown head. It dissipated slowly, but left limited lacing on the glass. It did leave a significant crown. The body was a dark brown, but some light was still getting through it. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with oak and rum, along with caramel that complemented the dark malt and smoke. The taste was soft for the ABV. The rum came through as the primary flavor, but it wasn’t abrasive. It had a certain sweetness that complemented the wood. The roasted malts and ash. It didn’t have a huge amount of bitterness. Vanilla came through at the end. The mouthfeel on this was silky and smooth. I’m not sure if a year on this helped or if it was this smooth initially, but it definitely worked for the beer. The carbonation was moderate, which was perfect for the beer. Since Val got the waxed growler for me last year, I have no idea what she paid for it, but this was a solid beer. It’s probably the best example I’ve seen of a rum barrel beer. I highly recommend this beer. It was perfection in a glass.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

One of the things that I enjoy about my new job is that I do a lot of walking. I’ve been trying to get a bit more exercise and this will definitely help. I’m also finding a bunch of new lunch places by my job, including a really good Chinese place. The one thing that’s lacking in the area that we live in is good Chinese food and we’ve tried almost every place around us. Anyways, beer time.

snickermoodle

ABV: 7%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Just like grandma use to brew! Cookie inspired, warming and silky smooth.”

Random: The brewery in town is doing a Girl Scout cookie and beer pairing. I think I have to get tickets for that. It sounds like a great event.

The beer poured with a three finger, tan head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. It left a very small crown on top of a dark brown body. There wasn’t much carbonation visible. The nose was filled with brown sugar, vanilla and cinnamon and Nutella spread. I also picked up some milk chocolate shavings. The taste had no booze and some brownie batter with cinnamon. There was vanilla as well. The body was medium thickness with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with nutmeg and cinnamon. A pounder can of this was $3.5, which came to $.22 per ounce. This was a great beer to drink on a colder night. I will be searching this beer out again, that’s for sure.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Evil Twin brews at Two Roads quite often and put out a collaboration last year that was a gose (Geyser Gose). This was the second beer that they collaborated on.

pachamamaporter

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our second collaboration with Danish/Brooklyn brewery Evil Twin, Two Roads and Evil Twin have paid homage to Incan heritage by using three Peruvian staple foods in this porter: sweet potatoes, purple mais and aji panca chili peppers. Pachamama is a goddess revered by the indigenous people of the Andes; she is known as the earth mother in Inca mythology. Given that the main ingredients of the 6.5% ABV porter come from the rich Peruvian soil, the two breweries thought the name Pachamama fit this product beautifully.”

Random: This is a collaboration beer with Two Roads in Stratford, Connecticut.

This beer poured with a huge, four finger, light brown head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black color with no visible carbonation. The nos ehad roasted malts, smoke and a touch of hot peppers. The taste had some black pepper along with roasted malts and milk chocolate. The hot peppers were lost in the taste. There was also a lot of ash and smoke. The body was on the thicker side with light carbonation. The finish was quick with a lot of ash. A pounder can was $3.12, which came to $.20 per ounce. This beer was a miss for me. If you’re going to say that the beer has hot peppers, it needs to translate into the taste.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Val made some chicken and wild rice soup for me. For some reason, I love soup. I’ve always loved soup, ever since I was a kid. Val does not share my love of soup, but indulges me when I want soup, except if it’s French onion. That’s one of the only soups I can only eat out since Val hates onions. I’m not sure what that has to do with this beer, but I guess I’m hungry.

trickortreat

ABV: 7.8%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our Chocolate Pumpkin Porter melds together rich chocolate decadence with fall spices. Notes of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg collide with a delicious chocolate flavor to create a whirlwind of flavor in your glass.”

Random: I also tried a new hot sauce today. It’s Chalula Chipotle. Normally I just like the original, but this has a mellower spice and more smoke.

The beer poured with no head on top of the dark brown body. Due to the darkness of the beer, there was no carbonation visible. The nose had notes of milk chocolate and roasted malts. It also had a lactic acid notes with very little spice. The taste had a lot of cheap dark chocolate and a touch of smoke. There was decent bitterness with the same weird lactic note and light cinnamon. It had a really thin body with light carbonation. The finish was quick with dark chocolate. A bottle of this was $2, which came to $.17 per ounce. This beer was lacking in cohesive flavor. This beer was a letdown.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0