Port Brewing Dawn Patrol Dark

On Monday night, the other half and I headed to the Hulmeville Inn for a Philly Beer Week event featuring Cigar City. It was insanely packed and about three deep at the bar. Since we were starving and the chances of us getting a table were slim, we decided to head to Memphis Taproom for dinner instead. They had a Port Brewing/The Lost Abbey event earlier that day, so I got to try a bunch of beers from them that were left over.


ABV: 3.2%

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our version of an English Mild Brown, Dawn Patrol is perfect for anyone who started their day before the sun rises and is ready for a beer before anyone else is finished for the day.”

Random: This is the base beer for The Lost Abbey Red Poppy.

This beer poured with a two finger, tan head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color with no visible carbonation due to the lighting in Memphis Taproom. The nose had notes of coffee and roasted malts with pronounced raisin. The taste was incredibly complex and at such a low ABV. There was toast, roasted malts, coffee and then some raisin in there for good measure. It had a medium thick body with high carbonation. The sip finished long and toasty. This was just an outstanding beer that I’m glad I got to try. According to the menu at Memphis, it’s a rare find in Philly.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Goose Island Mild Winter

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, Kate and I are looking at houses. In a little over a year, I’ve gone from being single to being a parent, wife and soon, a homeowner. We put an offer on a house, but I’m going to pull it because it’s not exactly what we want. Let me tell you, this being an adult thing is really freaking stressful. It’s no wonder that I need a brew at night.

ABV: 5.6%

Style: English Dark Mile Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Toffee brown, medium-bodied, with a creamy head and an aroma of raisins and freshly baked dark bread. Mild Winter’s rich caramel malt and spicy rye flavors are sure to take the bite out of whatever Old Man Winter brews up for you this year.”

Random: I haven’t had a milkshake in forever. I used to enjoy them much more when I was younger. Yes, random I know.

This brew poured with a thick, two finger cream-colored head. It dissipated slowly and left nice lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, deep sienna color with lots of visible carbonation throughout. The nose was mild (I guess the name of the brew rings true) with a touch of nutty malts and distinguishable rye. The taste was way more intense. I got the base of a very nutty brown ale with hazelnut pronounced and caramel malt. The rye was there, but came at the end of the sip. It gave it a spicy zing at the end of the sip. The body was on the thicker side with heavy carbonation. There was also no booze detectable, which is to be expected. This was a solid brew, but nothing outstanding. Still, I wouldn’t refuse one if someone handed it to me.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Magic Hat Plus/Minus

Final review of the night. I’ve fallen behind, so I’m really trying to play catch up. This is the other Magic Hat brew that I haven’t tried. It seems from the label that Magic Hat is trying to figure out whether to keep this in the lineup, asking if you like it or not. Definitely interesting. I love seeing when breweries want to bring new beers into the fold. So, let’s get this one open…

ABV: 4.2%

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Brewed with the tradition English style in mind, +/- aims to bring drinkers a truly sessionable craft beer experience. Tried it yet?”

Random: I can’t believe Junior Seau passed. I remember watching him as a kid. Very sad.

The brew poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark brown with moderate visible carbonation. The nose had some nuttiness coupled with a subtle maple note. It was actually really nice and reminiscent of a brown ale. The taste was a bit overcarbonated, but had some nuttiness. Honestly, it wasn’t enough nuttiness for me and the light body and high carbonation took away from the flavor, making it like a hazelnut spritzer. The finish was pretty quick with nothing of note. This beer was only alright for me. It missed on body and flavor for me. If it was as good as the nose, I really would have enjoyed the brew, but it totally missed the mark. I definitely would not have this beer again. A big disappointment for me.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Yards Brawler Pugilist Style Ale

Another review due to the fact that I can’t sleep. I’m watching a documentary on gays and lesbians in third world countries. It’s actually quite interesting. It is definitely very different from my experience here. I mean, I’ve never had a horrible experience because I was gay. I’ve been heckled, although that’s when I first came out, but nothing like they’re describing here. Other than that, I’m dealing with the fact I threw my neck out. It’s so incredibly sore. Katie fell asleep early tonight, so I can’t even make her rub it. After we go to the gym tomorrow, I’m so trying to get her to rub it. Anyways, another style that I’ve never had before.

ABV: 4.2%

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Boasting superior taste and champion flavor, the Brawler is crafted in the style of English session ales. This malt-forward, ruby colored ale is great for when you want to go a few rounds.”

Random: The documentary shows a lot of people who cite MTV as helping the “gay revolution” in their country. I’m shocked that MTV had that much influence.

This brew poured with a half a finger of pure white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear chestnut color with moderate carbonation. The nose had a definite nuttiness to it with some sweet malts following it up. The taste was much of the same. It had the nuttiness and sweetness that was apparent in the nose, coupled with some toffee as well. The body was towards the thinner side with active carbonation. The finish was relatively quick with the nuttiness that was maintained throughout. The finish was moderate with the same nuttiness and hint of sweetness. I could see this as a sessionable beer I’d drink in the winter. This was probably one of the best Yards brews that I’ve ever had and one that I would definitely have again. Get your hands on this one!

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0