Archive for the ‘American Porter’ Category

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.


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.


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.


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.


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