Today’s selection is relatively local, coming from Spellbound Brewery, which is about 40 minutes from my house. They received a lot of press in 2015 because of their silver medal at GABF for their Palo Santo Porter, which I’ve had a sample of, but now they offer in cans, which I’m sure I’ll get to reviewing. For now, we’ll stick with their regular porter.
Style: American Porter
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Robust malt forward beer with notes of chocolate and coffee. Medium bodied. Malty goodness without being overly strong in ABV, finishes with a hint of chocolate malt sweetness.”
Random: All of this press is doing great things for Jersey beer. We’re no longer the laughing stock of the beer community.
This beer poured with a one finger, tan-colored head that dissipated slowly. It left no lacing on the glass. There was a crown left on top of the dark brown body with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose had some cocoa powder, licorice and roasted malts. It had a certain amount of sweetness to it as well, like a malted milk ball. The taste had the same cocoa powder and light black licorice. There was the same smoke and a touch of raisin came through right at the end. Roasted malts were present too. The body was on the thicker side of the style. It had moderate carbonation. The finish was long with roasted malts and licorice. This was $1.67 a can, which came to $.14 per ounce. This was a nicely balanced, well done beer that didn’t go overboard on the licorice and had some really nice sweetness from the chocolate malts without it being cloying. I really enjoyed this beer.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0