First had this at Busch Gardens and it was quite good. This review is for a bottle a friend brought over, I figured what the hell.
A: Poured an almost black with red hues. No significant head or lacing.
S: Smell like a bit of sweet malt and light coffee.
T: About the same as the smell. Had a watered down chocolate feel to it.
M: Had a lot of carbonation for a porter. A little too crisp for the style. Was a bit watery also.
D: If you are hurting for cash and want something dark, not a terrible road to go down. Just an average road. Not a bad attempt by a macro.
Bottle Code 09051 VC13; Sampled April 2009
A hard pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four-finger thick, lightly browned, full tan colored head that leaves lots of lacing on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. This has a dark-chocolate born color to it that shows a brilliantly clear, brown-ruby hue to it when held up to the light. The aroma smells of roasted malt up front, with sweet dark caramel sugars, fruity raisin notes and a nutty, toasted whole grain character. The roast notes are actually pretty soft here in the nose, and actually the whole nose is a bit more muted than I might prefer, though it is quite nice.
The beer tastes dry up front through to the finish. Roast flavors are pretty noticeable in the long finish where they contribute notes of roast-acidity, coffee like roast notes, toasted grain flavors and a spicy brown malt character. Up front the toasted grain notes play a bit role with nicely browned, whole-grain bread like flavors as well as perhaps a touch of grain sweetness. This has a nice hop bitterness to it, but also has some pine like flavors to it. This is amply quaffable with a medium'ish body that has just a bit of a velvety texture to it.
This Porter has a great texture to it (though it isn't quite lush). It is perhaps a touch bland in the nose, but the flavor makes up for that. This is a well balanced beer and I could see myself quaffing a few pints of this tasty tipple.
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