Port Brewing Anniversary Ale (2012)

It is ridiculously hot. I can’t even take the heat. I heard that tomorrow is going to be even worse. Is it Fall yet? So, this is a review that I wrote up from last week. I’ve only had a few brews from Port Brewing, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the ones that I’ve had. Hopefully this one will be as good as the others that I’ve sampled.

ABV: 10%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A massively hopped strong pale ale brewed to celebrate our anniversary each year. Anniversary Ale is light gold to pale orange in color and offers a potent aroma of fresh pine and citrus with some warming alcohols present. The taste is a thick, chewy hop presence only barely contained by balancing malts. The finish is pure hop expression with a moderate warming alcohol sensation.”

Random: I could never live in Florida. It’s bad enough dealing with this in the Summer.

This brew poured with a huge, three finger white head that was incredibly fluffy and left lots of lacing on my tulip glass. The nose was very fragrant, filled with citrusy hops and pine resin. On the first sip, it was obvious that this was a West Coast IPA. It started with pine and grapefruit, which was to be expected. Then, some tropical fruit and candi sugar sweetness at the end came out. The booze was pretty apparent on the end and lingered into the long finish. The body was oily and towards the thicker side with moderate carbonation. Final thoughts? Not the best DIPA I’ve ever had, but solid. I would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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Port Mongo IPA

I am officially exhausted. I had Fire Academy today and by the end of it, I was just a gross and disgusting mess. But, it was a lot of fun (I do have a pretty warped sense of fun). So, now I’m relaxing on the couch and what goes better with relaxing than having a brew?

ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Mongo is a fictional planet where the comic strip (and later movie serials) of Flash Gordon take place. It is ruled by a usurper named Ming the Merciless, who governs with an iron hand. Mongo is inhabited by different cultures. Some are technologically advanced, but they are falling under the domination of the tyrant Ming. Flash Gordon succeeds in unifying them against Ming, eventually removing him from power.”

Random: I was really excited when I heard that Port Brewing was in NJ. We really do seem to get a lot of great breweries distributing here.

First of all…the head on this pour was ridiculous. It poured with a three and a half finger, incredibly thick, off white head. It dissipated very slowly and looked like whipped egg whites. It also left generous lacing on the glass. The body of the beer was a hazy orange color with lots of active carbonation. The nose was filled with hoppy goodness. It was filled with lots of grapefruit, pine, pineapple and mango. The taste is exactly what I wanted it to be…a lot of pine, some pineapple, and a hint of malt. The body is a little on the oily side with decent carbonation and a medium thick body. Despite the hefty ABV, there really wasn’t a huge alcohol burn. The finish lasted awhile with a bit of bitterness. This was just a fantastic brew. It had lots of in your face hops and great flavors. I would have this again in a second. Get this beer now!

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Port Brewing Older Viscosity

So, after two beers at Monk’s, we headed to Jose Pistola’s. I had been there once already (during Philly Beer Week) and had a pretty good time. So, since it was very close to Monk’s and on our path on the pub crawl, we stopped in for a beer. There wasn’t nearly as large a selection at this bar as there was at Monk’s, but there were definitely some solid offerings. What was even better was I found a beer that I couldn’t get in New Jersey. So, despite the fact that it was 12% ABV, I had to order it.

ABV: 12%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “An enormously rich but satisfying beer, Older Viscosity is 100% straight no chaser barrel-aged Old Viscosity — the beer we blend in the production of Old Viscosity. The color is black like asphalt and the aroma is an uncompromising malty nose with dark caramel and chocolate overtones. The barrel aging provides hints of vanilla and American oak. The flavor begins with a coating of rich malts and dark chocolate and finishes in a dry bitter-sweetness balanced by the firm bitterness of roasted dark malts.”

Random: Yummy…barrel aged…

This beer poured with a one-finger, tan head on a dark brown body that you could not see through. Due to the color there was no visible carbonation. On the nose, holy bourbon Batman! Damn, this smelled AMAZING! The nose was a lot of bourbon, followed by hints of chocolate and vanilla with a bit of burnt wood. The taste was much of the same with a lot of intense bourbon. Hints of chocolate came through the silky body that presented with very little carbonation. There was a bit of alcohol burn of the taste that lasted through to the finish. Wow, this was a strong beer. This was a really solid stout that I enjoyed, but there is no way that I could have more than one. This was definitely a boozy stout, but worth a shot!

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0