Archive for the ‘American Porter’ Category

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

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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

I didn’t have many dark beers out in Ohio, but I wanted to give this local one a shot.

creepshow

ABV: 6.66%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Based off the Warped Wing brand foundation, we came up with a concept creating a metal forged steam-punk whale as symbolism for a dream that seemingly could never be. How could a whale, a metal whale ever fly? But with a vision, fortitude and sweat one can make anything happen especially if they put their minds to it. These dreams, ideas and hard work are what create inventions and innovations that change people’s lives forever. Each can tells it’s own story both visually and in copy about the beer, while collectively they tell the brand story, which is Warped Wing. The three-can trilogy and illustration style start in modern day timeframe with 10 Ton Oatmeal Stout. The setting is in an old, gritty metal foundry. The name is based on the original foundry 10 Ton box crane, which is still in the building today. This story is about four guys and their dream of opening a craft brewery in downtown Dayton, O. When you look up towards the top of the can you can see those same four guys toasting the newly forged whale as he makes his way out into the light, proudly bringing freshly brewed beer out into the world for all to enjoy.”

Random: Thick cut bacon is one of my favorite things.

This beer poured with less than a quarter finger of head that was light brown in color. It went away slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black in color with no visible carbonation. The nose was incredibly smokey with a bacon characteristic then a slightly sweet chocolate note. The taste was also quite smokey with a deep malt characteristic and dark chocolate shavings. There was also some black licorice at the end of their sip. The body was medium thickness with moderate carbonation. It had a long finish with smoke. This was a solid porter that I wish I had to cook with in Jersey. If you happen to be in Ohio, give this one a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

This was one of the beers that I had during my day and a half at home, before flying back out to Ohio. I found that I craved a few things being outside of New Jersey for so long. One was pizza and the other was pork roll. No one in Ohio has any idea what pork roll is. It makes breakfast quite sad.

lastwaltz

ABV: 9%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Impressive plumes of malt driven chocolate flavors rush the stage. Provides a catchy alcohol sweetness that will linger with you, keeping you running back for more far into the wee hours.”

Random: I did like Round Guys tasting room. If you’re in Lansdale, definitely stop by.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. It did leave a slight crown on top of the dark brown body. I didn’t see any carbonation in the beer because of the dark color. The nose was filled with cocoa and milk chocolate. Wood ash came through next. The taste had even more smoke, complemented by dusty chocolate. The alcohol note was pronounced and needed to be more integrated. It had a thick and chewy body with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with the same dusty chocolate. I don’t remember how much I paid for this beer because I bought it at the brewery and aged it for awhile. I thought that the beer needed a lot of refining and the alcohol was still, shockingly hot for having aged it.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

I have to admit, I’m not all that familiar with the Mexican craft beer scene. I’ve tried a few different ones when I used to go to beerfests (although I’m hoping now that I’m off on Saturdays, this will change), but I don’t remember any standouts. This one is a take on a classic Mexican drink and even domestic breweries are making their own version of them, like Cigar City and Almanac. Let’s see how this one stacks up.

horchataporter

ABV: 6%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Accents of cinnamon and locally grown vanilla distinguish this exceptional porter from its traditional base. Created from brown rice, chocolate malt, and roasted barley, this porter is sure to please any palate.”

Random: I’ve never had an actual Horchata.

This beer poured with a half a finger of cream-colored head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with no visible carbonation due to the darkness of the body. The nose was filled with dark, roasted malts, lactose and cinnamon. The taste also had roasted malts along with some smoke. It had limited spice manifesting as cinnamon and nutmeg. It also had an old milk powder note, like old malted milk balls. It also had some dusty chocolate with a note of sweetness from the lactose. It had a thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with the same dusty chocolate note. I forgot how much I paid for this beer, but it was a total miss for me. Conceptually, I liked where it was going, it just failed to execute.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0