Archive for the ‘American Porter’ Category

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.


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

What better selection of beer for the morning than a coffee beer? I don’t have much experience in cold-press coffee, but this beer sounded interesting to me. Flying Dog always puts out unique combinations in their beers and some really work and others aren’t as great, but that’s why they’re only available for a limited time. Let’s crack this one open.


ABV: 6%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This beer screams for desserts. Try re-creating your favorite raspberry caramel macchiatocchino with whipped cream and a dark chocolate drizzle by pairing this bad boy with a range of your favorite sweets.”

Random: This comes in at 15 IBUs.

The beer poured with half a finger of light brown head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was almost black with no visible carbonation. On the nose, I instantly picked up cold-pressed coffee and smoke. There was also some ash. The taste was, not surprisingly, filled with cold-pressed coffee. Smoke came through with some cocoa powder and dark chocolate. The ash characteristic was even more pronounced in the taste and was almost like sticking your face in an ashtray. The body was thick and there was very little carbonation. The finish lasted forever and had a lot of ash and coffee. A bottle of this was $1.83, which came to $.15 per ounce. This beer lacked a bit of depth for me and had too much ash to it. I wouldn’t have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Night Shift beers are in high demand and when my parents were antiquing in Massachusetts, they offered to pick me up some beer. After I asked if the store had Trillium beers, Night Shift was my next choice. They also have really cute can art (Val and I have an affinity for woodland animals). This beer specifically also uses Counter Culture coffee, which I’ve heard is very good, although I’ve never had the chance to try it.


ABV: 6.7%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Coffee porter aged with Counter Culture coffee. Notes of fresh roasted coffee and baker’s chocolate.”

Random: The place that we buy coffee from didn’t have as good of a sale this Black Friday. We may need to find another place to order from.

The beer poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly. It only left a small amount of lacing on the glass. It did leave a slight crown on top of the dark brown body. I couldn’t see any carbonation due to the color of the beer. The nose had deep espresso with bitter chocolate and a touch of sweetness at the end. The taste had a lot of espresso, vanilla and roasted malts. The same bitter chocolate came through as well. All of the flavors were well-integrated. The body was thick and heavy with light carbonation, making this a perfect winter beer. It had a lengthy finish with coffee and roasted malts. I’m not sure how much the beer was since I received it as a gift, but whatever it costs, it’s worth it. This was an excellent beer and I would search it out.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

I love trying beers from New Jersey breweries, especially ones that I haven’t made my way to yet. Coconut is an adjunct that I really enjoy.


ABV: 7.2%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “In 2013, Glasstown Brewing Company was founded based on the dream to have a job that was fun and exciting.After years of working in the private sector as an Environmental Consultant and bartender, I decided that I could live out that dream by focusing my efforts on something I love. BEER! After years of home brewing and sharing beer with friends and family, it occurred to me that it was time to turn this hobby in to a business. Something I could enjoying doing day in and day out, ‘the dream job.’ With a lot of hard work Glasstown Brewing Company opened on December 20, 2013. Glasstown Brewing Company was named after the rich history of the City of Millville. The town for which the brewery bases its name, was once the glass making center for the country. This unique town and plentiful silica resources made Millville one of the premier locations in the country for glass making. Millville has had a rich and vibrant history, which is still prevalent in its Glasstown Arts District and the Clay College which continues to educate artists. The brewery is proud to share in the history of Millville and its name as Glasstown Brewing Company. The brewery is also proud to be located at The Millville Airport where it is located within the Army Airfield Historic District. The Millville Army Airfield played an integral part in WWII where pilots were trained to fly the infamous P-47 Thunderbolt. The Millville Army Airfield was also the first of its kind in WWII.”

Random: My shirt reeks of smoked meats since I smoked two racks of ribs, a brisket and a pork butt.

The beer poured with a quarter finger of off white head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color with no visible carbonation due to the dark color. The body was very smoky with roasted malt. It was quite bitter too, almost like strong coffee. What I didn’t get was a lot of coconut, which was disappointing. The taste was equally smoky and bitter with a lot of roasted malts. I didn’t get much coconut on the taste, which was a bit of a letdown. Baker’s chocolate came through too. The body was thick and chewy with high carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with bitter, roasted malts. I enjoyed the beer, but not as a coconut porter. If you’re going to advertise something as a coconut porter, it needs to have coconut.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

The other beer that I reviewed at the River Horse event was this one. There was only one station pouring this and it was hidden all the way in the back of the brewery. But, I managed to grab a pour of this and yet another pretzel.


ABV: 6.7%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We start with a brown porter brewed with dark roasted malts, and add one pound of chocolate per barrel. We then throw in some Madagascar Vanilla beans to accentuate the chocolate flavors, resulting in a decadent porter.”

Random: This beer started as part of their “Brewer’s Reserve Series” and was then changed to a seasonal that is available From February to March.

This beer poured with a half finger of thick, tan head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with high carbonation visible, despite the color. The nose had a lot of milk chocolate and cocoa powder. It was quite sweet, like malted milk balls, but didn’t have the roast or smoke qualities that I can usually pick up with a porter. The taste had milk chocolate as well with lactose sweetness. What I missed was that there was very little roast characteristic to balance this out, so after a few sips, I wasn’t thrilled with the prospects of finishing an entire pint. It had an overly thin body with high carbonation. The finish was quick, and again, very sweet and chocolate. This beer wasn’t a standout to me and needed some balance.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Val brought this beer home for me. I’ve never had pecan pie before, so I feel like I may have lost a frame of reference, but I have read some positive reviews of this beer lately. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Each year we tweak our Pecan Pie Porter. For 2015, we added cold brewed coffee from Atomic Cafe in Beverly, MA. Smooth porter flavors with sweet roast and rich nutty notes resulted. Genghis Pecan, after attacking beer thieving turkeys for 3 years in a row, has now achieved ultimate victory. He reclines eating pie, sipping a cup of coffee under autumn leaves Genghis we salute your valiant Mongolian spirit!”

Random: I’ve recently begun enjoying pecans. I hated them as a kid.

The brew poured with a one finger, tan head. It went away relatively rapidly and left significant lacing on the glass. The body was almost black with some carbonation that I could see despite how dark the beer was. The nose was really roasted with black coffee and dark chocolate. I didn’t get any of the “pie” aspect or pecans. The taste had a bit more depth with cold press coffee and pecans with a touch of sweetness. It had a thick body with low carbonation. The finish was lengthy with coffee. A bomber of this was $9.99, which came to $.45 per ounce. This beer was alright, but I wanted some more pecans. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Val ordered this beer at Sly Fox. They had a lot of offerings on tap, and I wanted to order more, but the tasting room had this smell that didn’t sit well with me. It was a combination of an aggressive cleaner and old bread. I’m not holding it against the brewery at all, but I just couldn’t stay there for more than one beer. Anyways, I had never heard of the beer, and given it’s a draft-only, I’m not surprised. Let’s see how it fared.


ABV: 5.8%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A rich, robust, chocolatey and hoppy porter brewed with British pale, crystal, chocolate and black malts. The beer is hopped with American Centennial and Cascade, plus British East Kent Goldings.”

Random: This beer is “occasionally” available on draft.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated rather quickly and only left a hint of lacing on the glass. The body was reddish-brown and clear, with a lot of carbonation visible. For a porter, the nose was light. I picked up ash and wood smoke with some dark malts. The taste was even more odd. It had cocoa powder and the same dark, roasted malts. But, it was aggressively bitter with pine, which overshadowed the roasted malts and smoke. The body was also light and thin for a porter with much less carbonation than expected. It had a quick finish with the pine bitterness. I was not a fan of this beer, despite being a big fan of hops. It wasn’t balanced and I would have liked a bit more carbonation. I don’t feel that it’s worth searching out.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0