12 oz bottle thanks the great Lum. Thanks, Paul. Served up in a nonic pint.
A: Pours a dark, dark brown that is almost black. It still doesn't let any light in. Hell this could be black. Too close to call. Got a really nice, half finger of head off the pour. The head is mocha in color but has little retention. Lacing is minimal. This is a par looking brew. Hopefully it gets better from here.
S: Smell is of some heavily roasted malt, but it isn't burn. Just heavy malt presense and sweetness. When you pull away from the glass you get a really wonderful milk chocolate scent coming out. Coffee is in there as well. When you really stick your nose in the glass you get a serious, grainy earthiness that is somewhat like celery. Smells really interesting and good.
T: Taste is once again a raelly nice malt, perfectly heavily roasted. The caramel sweetness is right on. Milk chocolate is not as heavy as it is in the nose but the flavor is great. Coffee rounds it off with a touch of dark roasted bitterness. Hops come through a bit as the brew warms but it really just is an afterthought here when compared to the malt backbone. Tasty shit.
M: Heavy side of medium in body. Really creamy goodness. Coats the mouth. ABV is no where to be found. So clean and easy drinking. Goes down with barely an aftertaste.
D: Good beer. Very drinkable for a porter. Goes down so easy. This stuff is damned near perfect. Would absolutely seek out more of this stuff. Another hit from Troegs.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-18-2008 05:47:23
Bottled August 2008; Sampled December 2008
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces an almost four-finger thick, well browned, dark tan colored head. The head sticks around for quite some time and even leaves some layered lacing patterns on the sides of my glass. The beer is quite dark and almost a perfect black color, but does show a brilliantly clear, burnt ruby hue if held up directly to the light. The aroma is quite roast focused, but there is a solid backdrop of hop aromatics that while not dominant definitely add some pungency to the nose. Aromas of cold black coffee, citrus oil, toasted whole grain bread, burnt cocoa, and a dry, browned cracker note in the finish. As my nose adjusts the hop aromatics become quite a bit more focused, they actually compete and almost balance the roast character after a short time.
Sweet malt up front is quickly tempered by a dry, bitter roast character and an herbal hop character. My second sip has me noticing a citrus-like hop component much more and this mixes in pretty well with a dry, dark chocolate note, a burnt caramel, and the commanding, but not harsh, roast character. The roast character really lingers on in the palate after each sip, there is a touch of herbal hop bitterness too, but mostly notes of burnt grain husks and black, bitter coffee. The hop character is really pretty big here and it works too; herbal hop notes of menthol, a touch of hemp are as noticeable, if not more sometimes, as the citrus notes of grapefruit and spicy, essential citrus oil. A solid biting bitterness gets a bit green at times in the finish and is a product of both the roast character and the hops, though you can separate out the two influences. I like the body of this beer, it has a touch of chewy malt richness to it, but overall it is quite drinkable without being too light to support the combined hop and roast grain character. Dark chocolate notes and toasted, yet faintly sweet, whole grain bread notes become more noticeable as the beer warms up and help to round the character out a bit.
I do like hoppy porters; this one strikes a nice balance between roast grain character and pungent hop notes, both are quite noticeable in their own right. A great beer I would be happy to spend an evening with.
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