Cape May Honey Porter

While we were on our honeymoon, I took a private surfing lesson. It was amazing! I actually got up a few more times than I expected. Val was a good sport and hung out on the beach while I did it. I can’t wait until I get to go again. Anyways, let’s get to this local beer.

ABV: 5.5%

Style: English Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Here’s a taste of South Jersey, better known for farms than fist pumping. Roasted and dark crystal malts shine through in a smooth and light-bodied porter that is balanced by a hint of sweetness thanks to the local Jersey Fresh honey. Welcome to the Garden State, bro. Apiology is the bee’s knees!”

Random: This also comes in a nitro version.

This beer poured with a two finger, tan head. It dissipated quickly, but left no lacing, but a small crown on top of the body. The body was a dark brown with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was filled with dark, roasted malts. The honey made an appearance as well. The taste was sweeter than I expected, I assume from the honey. There were dark malts, which imparted some smoke and maltiness as well. The body was on the thicker side with light carbonation. It had a quick and sweet honey finish. I don’t recall how much I paid for this, but it was a single on the shelf. I thought this was a good porter, but nothing amazing.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Oskar Blues Death By Coconut

Every Christmas, my sister makes macaroons. One year, she left some out and I tried them. She didn’t tell me that there was wax paper on the bottom of them and they were incredibly chewy. Needless to say, now I always check the bottom of them before I try them.


ABV: 6.5%

Style: English Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Intense pure liquid cacao flavors swirl with popping coconut aromas, all supported by a semi-sweet porter made from loads of our dark chocolate and extra dark caramel malt. This limited release specialty comes around once a year to satisfy that sweet tooth, so get ’em while you can before they disappear. At 6.5% ABV and 25 IBUs, this choconut goodness will have you yellin’ ‘Pass. Dash. Hit.’ all winter long.”

Random: Val is not a big fan of coconut.

This beer poured with a two finger, light brown and fluffy head. It was slow to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was black with no visible carbonation. The nose was a combination of smoke, chocolate and toasted coconut. It reminded me of that coconut and chocolate Girl Scout cookie. The taste had coconut water and roasted coconut up front. It quickly went into ash, smoke, dark chocolate and even a little peat. Roasted malts were present as well. The body was thick with lots of carbonation as well. It had a lengthy finish with chocolate and toasted coconut. A can of this was $3.25, which came to $.27 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer a lot, but if you’re not a fan of coconut, this isn’t a beer for you.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Lancaster Brewing Company Shoo-Fly Pie Porter

This was the beer that Val ordered at The Corner Foodery. I’ve never had shoo-fly pie, but after some research, found that it is popular in the Pennsylvania Dutch community and is a molasses filled pie. It only makes sense that a brewery in Lancaster County would make a beer based off of it.


ABV: 6.2%

Style: English Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This brew is loaded with eight different malts and grains and, like shoo fly piec, a generous measure of Lancaster County blackstrap molasses. Malt forward and lightly hopped, this deep, dark brew has a medium/full body, subtle smoky sweetness and hint of vanilla on the finish.”

Random: This is available from September to October, in kegs and four packs, and may be available on nitro at select places.

This beer poured with a one finger, tan head that dissipated slowly. It left limited lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with no visible carbonation due to how dark the beer was. The nose had a significant roasty presence with smoke and dark malts. I didn’t pick up much else. The taste had a bit more depth. It started with milk chocolate and then went into sweetness from the molasses. It had less smoke than the nose. The mouthfeel was thick and creamy with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy with the dark malts and chocolate. I didn’t mind the beer and had no issues drinking it, but since I’ve never had shoo-fly pie, I didn’t know what to expect. For me, this was a middle of the road porter that I’m glad I got to try, but won’t feel a need to revisit.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Mayflower Porter

On a cold night, I crave a good porter or stout. When I found this beer hanging out at the back of the fridge, I knew it was the perfect night to crack it open.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: English Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Mayflower Porter is a rich, complex brew that is smooth and full-flavored. Five varieties of malted barley provide notes of roasted coffee beans and bittersweet chocolate with a hint of smokiness.”

Random: This is the first beer I’ve had from Mayflower. I’m going to have to pick up more when I’m in their distribution area.

This beer poured with half a finger of tan head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black color with no visible carbonation as a result. The aroma was incredibly strong. It had notes of cocoa, roasted malts and smoke. What surprised me about the beer at first, was that it had a lot of smoke for a porter, not that I was complaining. The next flavors that came through were generous amounts of roasted malts and cocoa powder. As the beer warmed, there were noticeable vanilla and oak flavors that really added to the depth of the beer. It had a thick body with light to moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with smoke and roasted malts. A single of this was $1.67, which came to $.14 per ounce. For a lower-ABV beer, this was incredibly flavorful and had a thick mouthfeel to it. It is one of the best porters that I had and I found myself finishing the glass all too soon. If you get a chance to try this, do so, as this beer is truly outstanding.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Cigar City Brew Bus Double Decker

Happy Sunday! Of course it’s before 8 AM and I’m awake. Since the other half is still knocked out, I’m watching a documentary on Netflix. We got home from the city after midnight last night, so I should still be sleeping, but since my body is so used to getting up early, I guess I should just go with it. Anyways, here’s a brew that I picked up last time the other half and I were in Philly. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 6.5%

Style: English Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We love drinking it, making it, the stories behind it, and the people involved in it. Lucky for us, The Tampa Bay area is home to one of the fastest growing craft beer scenes in the United States. In 2011, we decided that something needed to be done in order to shine a light on the booming craft beer industry around us, and the Brew Bus was born. Ever since, The Tampa Bay Brew Bus has been changing ‘domestic beer’ drinkers into craft beer aficionados one ride at a time.”

Random: The show was really good last night, but dinner was bad and overpriced. Who puts celery salt on sashimi?

This brew poured with a thick, two and a half finger tan head that dissipated quickly, but only left some lacing on the glass. The body was a really dark brown that was almost black with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was really strong. It had deep roasted malts with cocoa powder and smoke. The taste was really strong and flavorful. Roasted malts were again present with dark, bakers chocolate and smoke at the end. There was a touch of peat as well. The body was on the thick side with gentle carbonation. It had a long finish with smoke and peat. I really enjoyed this one, which isn’t surprising at all since I really like Cigar City beers. Go grab this one if you get a chance.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Magic Hat Heart of Darkness

Some days, I think the Eagles live to frustrate me. Today, we’re playing the Vikings, who are without Adrian Peterson. This should a relatively easy game. So far, it isn’t. We’re losing and have already fumbled the ball (although we did recover it ourselves). Our defense is playing like garbage. I’ve even gone so far as playing the lucky Eagles song that we played last week when they turned they game around. Hopefully, they come out for the next half looking like a different team.

ABV: 5.7%

Style: English Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Filled with the howling of black dogs that haunt the long-forgotten shadows of the human soul. This dense liquid-silk summoned hope from hibernation and balanced winter’s endless white snows with a rich swirl of creamy black rapture.”

Random: As you can guess, this is from another Magic Hat mix pack.

This brew poured with a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a deep, dark brown color with heavy carbonation visible throughout. The nose had some dark roasted malts and burnt espresso. Given that it was a stout, the nose was relatively light. The taste had more depth than the nose. I got cocoa powder, roasted malts, dark chocolate and a touch of char from the burnt espresso at the end. The body was medium thickness with very intense carbonation. The finish was long with cocoa powder. Although I’ve tended to shy away from Magic Hat products lately, this one was a pleasant surprise that was very drinkable and I would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Yards General Washington’s Tavern Porter

This was another brew from Sunday. I got this in the mixed “Ales of the Revolution” twelve pack while I was down the shore. I already reviewed one of them a few days ago and I have one more after this to do. This one is George Washington’s take on a porter. I tend to prefer porters and stouts when it is a little cooler (read: not 100 degrees), but I figure I’ll just blast the AC and get through this.

ABV: 7%

Style: English Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Brewed to rally his thirsty field soldiers, General Washington’s Tavern Porter™ is smooth, rich, and warming with chocolate and coffee flavors. It’s inspired by Washington’s original recipe, and reflects his admiration of Philadelphia-style porters, especially those brewed by Robert Hare, whose original brewery stood just blocks from where ours is now.”

Random: I’m so glad this whole heat wave thing broke. It was getting to the point of being unbearable and killing my garden all at the same time.

So, the brewery said that Washington used this recipe to rally his troops, eh? Given the higher ABV, I’m hoping that he did this at night and not right before the fighting. Anyways, this one poured with a thick, one finger tan head on top of a clear, dark brown body. There was no visible carbonation due to the color of the brew. The nose was relatively pungent and had cocoa, roasted malts and some sweetness to it. The taste started with the roasted malts and then went into a syrupy sweetness. I’m guessing that it was the molasses described on the label. Some sweet chocolate followed with a little coffee, but the standouts here were the molasses and roasted malts by far. The body was on the thinner side, but was very velvety. The finish was long with sweet cocoa. I didn’t get any notion of the booze in the beer. The more I drink the brew, the more it reminds me of a milk stout. I’m guessing that was a result of the silky body. This wasn’t my favorite porter, but is definitely worth a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Samuel Smith’s The Famous Taddy Porter

This was a beer that I had during the first weekend that I had the kid by myself. I have never even babysat and having a four year old all to yourself and no clue what the hell to do? Yeah, it actually went much better than it sounded. So, as a reward, Katie bought me two beers that I reviewed over the weekend after kid went to sleep. Here’s the first one.

ABV: 5%

Style: English Porter

Trivia: According to one of the importers, this beer should be paired with the following, “Oysters on the half shell, Rockefeller or Cajun style; clams, mussels, crab cocktail, lobster bisque and other shellfish, smoked mackerel pâté, veal with green peppercorns, porterhouse steak and of course chocolate. Traditionally served in a nonik glass or tumbler at 55 °F.”

Random: How do four year olds have so much energy? It’s ridiculous.

This is a brew that I’ve been waiting to try for awhile. It poured with a generous two finger tan head on a dark brown body. The head dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. There was no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was pleasant and filled with roasted malts and coffee, right up my alley. The taste was just as nice. The roasted malts took center stage with coffee and a little bit of chocolate in the background, really well-balanced. The body was a perfect thickness, smooth and silky. It was just thick enough with moderate to low carbonation. The finish lingered with roasted malts. This was easily one of the best brews of the style that I’ve ever had. I would definitely have this one again. This was just a great brew all around.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Brooklyn Mary’s Maple Porter (Brewmaster’s Series)

Another beer from Twin Light. They had so many limited beers on tap that it was hard to choose. Here’s one from Brooklyn Brewery.

ABV: 7.2%

Style: English Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Mary Wiles joined our brewery team after spending 30 years brewing and doing quality control for a Very, Very Big Brewer. Mary evolved into a craft beer brewer, and now she’s doing our quality control, having fun while helping us make sure that Brooklyn beers are tasting great and ready to make you happy. But Mary has a bright thing lurking in her past, present and future – Mary has maple trees. A lot of maple trees. Actually, a ridiculous number of maple trees, acres of them, right northwest of us in upstate New York. And her family farm makes 100% real New York State maple syrup. Real maple syrup tastes great on pancakes and waffles, but it’s awfully good in beer too. Porter is a classic British ale style that traveled to the United States, sustained George Washington during the Revolution, and later built London’s great breweries. Mary’s Maple Porter is a rich, dark ale featuring a large portion of her maple syrup in the kettle. After fermentation by our house ale yeast, the syrup is no longer sweet (yeast likes to eat maple syrup too), but the maple flavor shows through in a complex interplay with caramel, chocolate, and coffee flavors from our blend of roasted malts. An earthy hop note rounds it all out.”

Random: This is the first brew I’ve had from Brooklyn’s Brewmaster’s Series.

This poured with a bit of white head that dissipated quickly with no lacing left behind. The body was a dark brown with no visible carbonation due to the color of the body. The nose had roasted malt, cocoa and some maple. The taste was a bit of the smoky side with some bittersweet chocolate and a marked sweetness that wasn’t like maple syrup. The maple notes were a bit more earthy. The sweetness was understated, but very pleasant. The body was on the thicker side of the porter spectrum with low carbonation. The finish lasted with a bit of the smokiness that was apparent in the taste. As the brew warmed, I definitely got ore of the maple notes. This was a really nice brew that I would definitely have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Fuller’s London Porter

Another quick review before I go to bed. This is from a six-pack that Katie picked up for me. Isn’t she so thoughtful? She actually read my reviews to try to pick out beers for me. This beer will also mark the last beer of my English beer theme. Next up? Six California beers…with some other stragglers thrown in before I break out some Irish themed beers for St. Patrick’s Day. So, onto the brew!

ABV: 5.4%

Style: English Porter

Trivia: According to, “Fuller’s London Porter. London Porter is available in pasteurised 50 cl bottles and in Fuller’s tied houses as a seasonal cask ale.”

Random: I cant believe that Santorum is getting so many votes. Ugh.

This brew poured with a full finger of tan head on top of a dark brown body with moderate visible carbonation despite the color. The nose was absolutely divine on this brew. It was filled with roasted malts, chocolate and a bit of coffee. The taste was just as amazing as the nose. It started with a healthy dose of roasted malts, milk chocolate, coffee and a hint of sweetness. As I sipped on the brew, there was also a hint of smoke. The body was thicker than what I’m used to for a porter, but it really worked for this beer. The mild carbonation on the taste also helped with the complexity of the brew. The finish was actually pretty quick on the brew with hints of chocolate and coffee. This beer was nothing short of amazing. The body was perfect and the flavors delivered. Most definitely one of the best porters that I ever had. Another shining star from Fuller’s.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0