Got this in a Brewer's Mixed 12 from Cheers in Carrollton, GA. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint tumbler.
A: Poured an almost black, allows light in, with a dark ruby red hue. Nice frothy, off white head that receded half way through the beer. Had some lacing while head was presnt. Really nice to look at.
S: Roasted/burnt malt, semi-sweet chocolate, cream, vanilla, alcohol.
T: Creamy malt, grains, chocolate, coffee, nuts, and cream.
M: This is where it disappointed me. A bit watery for a porter. Does coat the mouth a little bit and leaves a slightly bitter after taste.
D: Very drinkable because it is so thin. The flavors and aroma are very nice. Another good beer from Great Divide.
Newer label with a red headed Irish gal posing in a bra-like top that looks kinda like those old trading cards. Color is a nice dark brown with medium to darker red highlights, soft and supple finger high foam of light tannish hue, lacing of all kinds sticking well.
Aroma is crisp and clean of toasty roasty grains and black malt, dry overall with nice underlayers of coffee and hazelnut and some little levels of cocoa and or dry chocolate.
Smooth taster, firm and slightly drying, just as a good porter should be, and this is. Quick front with only slipping features of sweet malts, just around midway is the fun stuff, chocolate dustings, roasty grainyness, toasted bread, drying out some, but never to the point of departing a level of discontent. Subtle finish of cocoa, coffee, and malted sweetness that has an everpresent and favorable little drying effect.
Feel is about medium body, smooth and mellow, dry with some sweetness and some roastyness to it. Goes down with surprising ease and goodness to the lips. A fine example of an American style porter.
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