Tagged: porter

Oskar Blues Hotbox

HOTBOX: 91 Points

Clean and easy

Clean and easy

This Porter is available year-round in 12 oz. cans.

Brewer’s Description: “This porter (6.4% ABV, 30 IBUs) is based on malt flavors of roasted nuts, crème brulee, cocoa, and caramel, extracted from English and German roasted and caramel malts. Hotbox Roasters then crashes the party and infuses potent, cold-extracted coffee from Burundi and Ethiopian beans and deals out flavors and aromas of dark plums, chocolate, and hints of blueberry.”

My Description: This is a pleasant and enjoyable Porter that delivers both flavor and drinkability. It pours a large, dark beige colored head that lasts the whole way leaving an excellent amount of lacing. The aroma is welcoming with notes of roasted malts, milk chocolate, and hints of coffee and dark fruits. Hotbox is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is tasty and clean with light roasted coffee notes taking center stage along with notes of roast malts and a hint of sweetness. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with lingering char notes. Overall, this beer is nicely balanced and easy drinking; it’s a great porter. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with mushroom burgers, grilled steak, or chocolate desserts.

ABV: 6.5% Color: Dark Brown Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10

Ballast Point Victory at Sea

VICTORY AT SEA: 100 Points

VICTORY!!!

VICTORY!!!

This Imperial Porter is released in limited quantities in 12 oz. and 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Our Victory at Sea Imperial Porter is a bold, smooth brew with just the right amount of sweetness. We infused this robust porter with vanilla and San Diego’s own Caffe Calabria coffee beans. The subtle roasted notes and minimal acidity of the cold brewed coffee, balances perfectly with the sweet caramel undertones of the malt, creating a winning combination for your palate.”

My Description: What a beauty. This beer is excellently crafted to deliver a plethora of flavors that work harmoniously together while delivering a very smooth texture. It begins with a large, dark beige colored head that lasts forever leaving behind a wall of lacing. The aroma is inviting with notes of coffee, roasted malt, a hint of smoke, subtle vanilla notes, and amazing chocolate notes that go deep. Victory at Sea is medium/full bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is delicious and addicting with complex notes of chocolate and roasted coffee. There are also notes of vanilla and hints of caramel malt. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with lingering char notes; it is delightful. The alcohol is beautifully hidden and overall this is beer is definitely a victory. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with pulled pork sandwiches, chocolate cake, or grilled ribs.

ABV: 10% Color: Dark Brown Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 3.5/10

Great Lakes Alberta Clipper

ALBERTA CLIPPER: 97 Points

Excellent use of raspberries

Excellent use of raspberries

This beer is released in the Winter in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A Winter Porter made with Belgian Chocolate and Raspberries.”

My Description: This is a beautifully crafted porter and perfect for the season. It begins with a good sized, beige colored head with a good retention level that leaves behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma smells rich with notes of chocolate, subdued roasted malts, and raspberries that smell fresh and not that artificial crap. Alberta Clipper is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile tastes delicious. Tasty raspberry notes blend smoothly with the rest of the beer, which include notes of chocolate, roasted malt, and a hint of char. The aftertaste is slightly bitter bringing great balance and drinkability. The alcohol is beautifully hidden and I’m impressed at how clean this beer is. Elegant is the adjective that comes to mind when drinking this beauty. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with roasted lamb, dark chocolate, or rich cheeses.

ABV: 7.8% Color: Deep Mahogany Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10

Alaskan Smoked Porter

SMOKED PORTER (2014): 95 Points

Delicate and Smooth

Delicate and Smooth

This Smoked Porter is released seasonally in late Autumn in 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “The dark, robust body and pronounced smoky flavor of this limited edition beer make it an adventuresome taste experience. Alaskan Smoked Porter is produced in limited “vintages” each year on November 1 and unlike most beers, may be aged in the bottle much like fine wine.”

My Description: A very smooth and delicious porter, this should be sought out every Autumn. It pours a very large, light beige colored head that is dense and lasts forever leaving behind a wall of lacing. The aroma is pleasant and obviously smoky but not overly done; the smoked malt notes are calm and almost smell like cooked bacon. There are also faint earthy hop notes that compliment nicely and remind you that this is still a beer your smelling. Smoked Porter is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is similar to the aroma in that the smoky notes don’t dominate but rather work harmoniously together with the other beer notes like chocolate, minor yeast notes, and roasted malts. This beer shines so well because even though it does not have great depth, the creamy texture and mild flavors deliver a delectable drinking experience. The aftertaste has the right amount of bitterness to balance the smoke notes and completely hide the alcohol. I could see potential in aging this ale for a couple of years to bring out dark fruit notes but this tastes amazing now. It is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with beef stew, grilled buffalo steak, or strong cheeses.

ABV: 6.5% Color: Very Dark Brown Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 4.5/10

Ballast Point Black Marlin

BLACK MARLIN: 95 Points

Deliciously Bitter

Deliciously Bitter

This Porter is available year-round in 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A hoppy twist on the classic English Porter. Our Black Marlin Porter stands out in a town known primarily for its IPA’s. We craft it from a unique blend of roasted and crystallized malts that give it a smooth, chocolaty, caramel profile. Then toss in a healthy dose of American hops to serve up full-bodied flavor worthy of its San Diego roots.”

My Description: Ballast Point has created an extremely smooth and bitter porter that is a great substitute for an IPA when craving something a little more roasty. It begins with a large, light beige colored head with an excellent retention level that holds the whole way leaving behind a beautiful amount of lacing. The aroma is welcoming with an overall earthy presence along with notes of roasted malts, chocolate, pine hops, and some caramel. Black Marlin is medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is delicious and complex. Caramel and roasted malt build the foundation of this well balanced ale holding up notes of dark coffee beans, earthy hops, and chocolate. This transitions cleanly into an aftertaste that is moderately bitter with lingering coffee notes. As the beer warms, roasted and hop notes become more pronounced, which makes the beer that much more enjoyable. It is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with smoked sausage, apple pie, or a maduro cigar.

ABV: 6% Color: Black Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 4.5/10

Einstok Icelandic Toasted Porter

ICELANDIC TOASTED PORTER: 87 Points

Mild Session Porter

Mild Session Porter

This Porter is available year-round in 11.2 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “With clear notes of toffee and dark chocolate, this Porter is roasty and rich, offering a medium body that is robust, yet smooth on the palate. Toasted and chocolate malts give it a sinister black color, but its easy-to-drink taste will have you believing that there’s no need to be afraid of the dark anymore.”

My Description: This Ale begins with a decent sized, beige colored head that fades quick to a thin film and leaves behind a minor amount of lacing. The aroma is welcoming with notes of chocolate, caramel, and freshly ground coffee beans. Toasted Porter is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is tasty and clean, but not as robust as I thought it would be considering the brewer’s description. There are notes of chocolate, some minor roasted notes, toffee, and a hint of caramel malt. This transitions smoothly into an aftertaste that is slightly bitter with lingering caramel notes. Overall, this beer is really good and makes for a great session porter, even though it is 6% ABV it drinks like a 4.5% beer. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with ribs, chocolate cheesecake, or grilled pork chops.

ABV: 6% Color: Black Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 3/10

Terrapin Liquid Bliss

LIQUID BLISS: 83 Points

Smells like Reece's

Smells like Reece’s

This Chocolate Porter is released randomly in limited quantities in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Melt into another dimension with Terrapin’s newest Side Project… “Liquid Bliss”. This chocolate, peanut-butter porter concoction flows like a river of self-indulgent righteousness deep into the depths of your innermost childhood memory. Turn on, tune in, and drop out of this world for a tongue tripping experience of flavors never before so eloquently combined in a liquid or solid form.”

My Description: I like the idea here because the chocolate flavors of a porter would taste great with some peanut butter addition. Terrapin’s version just needs some maintenance for it to be truly great. It begins with a good sized, beige colored head with a decent retention level that holds for a while leaving behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is the best part of this beer; it smells like a Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup. There are chocolate notes, peanut butter notes, and some roasted malts as well. Liquid Bliss is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is enjoyable enough for a novelty beer but it doesn’t live up to the aroma. The base of the beer, the porter itself, tastes rather bland with some dark malt notes and chocolate notes with a noticeable bitter aftertaste. The peanut butter itself adds a nutty presence but otherwise is reserved in the taste and doesn’t blend well with the beer like it did in the smell. I think the body of this beer is what is holding everything back. If this porter was bolder, stronger, and fuller, there would be a greater depth of flavor, a better mouthfeel, and a more enjoyable drinking experience. It is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with chocolate desserts, Thai noodles, or blue cheese.

ABV: 6.1% Color: Deep Dark Brown Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 3.5/10

Deschutes Black Butte

BLACK BUTTE: 96 Points

Excellent everyday Porter

Excellent everyday Porter

This Porter has an IBU of 30 and is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “With a dark beer as our first and flagship brand, Black Butte defined Deschutes as a radical player. A slight hop bitterness up front enhances the distinctive chocolate and roasted finish. It’s prized for its creamy mouthfeel and intense complex flavors.”

My Description: There is nothing bold or creative about this porter. However, Deschutes takes a standard porter and makes it an amazing everyday beer that is ridiculously smooth and a pleasure to drink. It begins with a good sized, beige colored head that fades slowly to a thin film that holds the rest of the way leaving behind some lacing. The aroma is chocolate forward accompanied by minimal notes of roasted malts and a hint of char. The aroma is subtle yet pleasant. Black Butte is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavors work in harmony together with chocolate notes once again taking center stage. There are also notes of raisins, subdued hop notes, and some herbal notes. I also picked up maybe a hint of licorice, but nothing strong. The aftertaste is minimally bitter and very clean. This is great beer. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with grilled salmon and wild rice, veggie burgers, or beef stew.

ABV: 5.2% Color: Dark Brown with Red Highlights  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 2/10

Avery New World Porter

NEW WORLD PORTER: 95 Points

Well Done

Well Done

This American Porter is released seasonally in January in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A traditional black porter, with a surprise twist — it’s dry-hopped! We’ve expanded the porter category a bit, adding a delightful, dry hop aroma to blend with the sweet caramel and chocolate characteristics of a Robust Porter.”

My Description: A delicious harmony of flavors makes this beer a treat to drink. It is smooth and the even though it is bitter, it doesn’t overshadow the many other flavors but compliments them beautifully. It begins with a large, beige colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind a wall of lacing. The aroma is inviting and really pleasant with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, woodsy hops, and a deep caramel presence. New World Order is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. A nicely balanced flavor profile begins with tasty roasted malt notes accompanied by coffee, caramel, woodsy hops, and some citrus hops as well. The aftertaste is moderately bitter and the alcohol is completely hidden. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with dry rubbed pork ribs, guacamole, or beef brisket.

ABV: 6.7% Color: Dark Brown Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 4.5/10

Cigar City Puppy’s Breath

PUPPY’S BREATH: 95 Points

how cute

how cute

This Porter is released seasonally in April, August, and December in 12 oz. cans.

Brewer’s Description: “Due to their immature digestive system and their diet, the breath of a puppy can smell like coffee or chocolate. This porter is loaded with roasted malts that have the wonderful smell of chocolate and coffee. This reminds us of our loving companions as we drink and reflect.” “Dark in color with a ruby hue with forward notes of chocolate and caramel and light toffee notes in the aroma – Forward notes of bittersweet chocolate with moderate notes of caramel and toffee and moderate hop bitterness that leads into more caramel and toffee and slight hints of char.”

My Description: Very smooth and surprisingly gentle, this Porter tastes much lighter than what I expected.  It begins with a good sized, beige colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind a noticeable amount of lacing. The aroma is welcoming and not overly robust with notes of dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and a touch of caramel. Puppy’s Breath is light/medium bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The flavor profile is slightly complex and the flavors work harmoniously together. Upfront, there are notes of chocolate and coffee, along with hints of toffee and roasted malts. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with hint of char. Some herbal/earthy hop notes float throughout and the alcohol is completely hidden. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with grilled steak, a hearty vegetable stew, or a cigar.

ABV: 6%  Color: Dark Brown  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 3/10

Samuel Adams Maple Pecan Porter

MAPLE PECAN PORTER: 88 Points

Nice mix of flavors

Nice mix of flavors

This Porter is released seasonally in variety packs around Spring in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Samuel Adams is bringing you Maple Pecan Porter. A nutty syrupy porter that just reeks of New England.
Sweet New England maple syrup and a distinct pecan note define this balanced porter. The roasted character of our blend of malts complements the maple sweetness with hints of coffee and chocolate. Reddish-black in color, this full-bodied brew has a sweet and slightly nutty finish”

My Description: It pours a good sized, light tan colored head with a good retention level and it leaves behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant with apparent pecan notes accompanied by coffee, maple syrup, and a hint of roasted malts. Maple Pecan Porter is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is pretty good but it lacks some depth. There are notes of roasted malt, coffee, some nuttiness, and a maple sweetness but they are subtle. It could be that that is Samuel Adams goal but I just feel like it would satisfy more if the flavors were a little more intense. Either way it is still a good beverage and well worth a try. The aftertaste is minimally bitter and slightly metallic. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with baked pork tenderloin, pumpkin pie, or banana bread.

ABV: 5.6%  Color: Dark Brown  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 2/10

Leinenkugel’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter

SNOWDRIFT VANILLA PORTER: 79 Points

Weak Representation

Weak Representation

This Porter is released seasonally in the Winter months in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Leinenkugel’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter is a robust and velvety addition to Leinenkugel’s seasonal selection. This porter-style beer is aged on real vanilla to reveal rich layers of caramel, coffee and chocolate that is ideal for the season.”

My Description: With so many delicious porters out there, this Leinenkugel falls short. It is rather bland, too thin, and not memorable. It begins with a large, beige colored head with a good retention level and it leaves behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is straight-forward with notes of roasted malt, coffee, and a touch of vanilla. Snowdrift is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. Chocolate notes dominate the flavor profile with a touch of vanilla and roasted malts. The aftertaste is minimally bitter and there isn’t much else going on. This beer gets old real quick. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with grilled chicken, chocolate desserts, or ribs.

ABV: 6%  Color: Dark Brown  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 2/10

Stone Smoked Porter W/Vanilla Bean

STONE SMOKED PORTER W/VANILLA BEAN: 94 Points

Actual Vanilla Beans

Actual Vanilla Beans

This Porter is released seasonally in the Winter months in 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “In 2006, almost exactly 10 years after we first released Stone Smoked Porter, Stone Small Batch Brewer Laura Ulrich had a brilliant idea: What if she added whole Madagascar vanilla beans to a small batch of the finished beer? And voilá, Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean was born! It was an instant hit, as the resulting flavor combinations – rich vanilla melding with the malty, chocolatey, coffee-like characteristics of the beer-were practically made for each other.”

My Description: This beer is great on its own. The addition of vanilla just adds that little something when looking for a change. It begins with a large and dense, beige colored head with a nice retention level and it leaves behind a great amount of lacing. The aroma is welcoming with a lightly roasted coffee note accompanied by smoked malt, vanilla, and a touch of nuttiness. Smoked Porter is medium bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level and a dry finish. This beer tastes similar to the original with just an added vanilla note and the sweetness is slightly higher. A subdued but apparent smoky flavor lingers throughout along with notes of coffee and chocolate. An earthy presence rounds out the flavor profile and the slightly bitter finish makes this an easy drinking ale. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with beef jerky, smoked ribs, or coffee based desserts.

ABV: 5.9%  Color: Dark Brown  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 3.5/10

Cigar City Jose Marti

JOSÉ MARTÍ: 99 Points

A Poetic Porter

A Poetic Porter

This American Porter is released seasonally in late Winter in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Pours dark in color with notes of chocolate and caramel and mild hints of black licorice. Flavors of citrus, wood and herbal bitterness up front with lingering notes of chocolate and hints of caramel and a long dry finish with a slight underpinning of dark espresso.”

My Description: This Porter becomes addicting immediately. The texture is smooth, the flavors are delicious, and the moderate bitterness level makes this ale easy drinking and satisfying. It pours a large, beige colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma smells amazing with earthy/herbal hops dominating accompanied by some chocolate and roasted notes. The hops smell fresh and welcoming. José is medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is remarkably clean with gentle notes of citrus and woodsy hops along with some chocolate and roasted notes. This transitions beautifully to a espresso/coffee finish with slight hints of tobacco. The alcohol is completely hidden and the robust nature of this beer gives off an almost oak-like taste that compliments nicely. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with grilled steak, BBQ ribs, or a cigar.

ABV: 8%  Color: Dark Brown/Black  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 5/10

Anchor Porter

ANCHOR PORTER: 93 Points

Tasty American Porter

Tasty American Porter

This Porter is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “With deep black color, a thick, creamy head, rich chocolate, toffee and coffee flavors, and full-bodied smoothness, Anchor Porter® is the epitome of a handcrafted dark beer. A blend of specially roasted pale, caramel, chocolate, and black malts, along with our top-fermenting yeast, creates complexity without bitterness. The brew is hopped at a high rate, and naturally carbonated. The result is dark in the glass, but surprisingly light on the palate.”

My Description: This is a satisfying and smooth porter with clean flavors and a tasty finish.It pours a very large, beige colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind an amazing amount of lacing. The aroma is inviting with notes of coffee, caramel malt, and a touch of dark fruit. This porter is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish.  The creamy texture and balanced flavors makes this beer easy drinking and highly enjoyable. Upfront, there are flavor notes of coffee, bread, and hints of dark fruits. This transitions cleanly into an aftertaste that is slightly bitter with notes of licorice. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with baked ham, roasted duck, or blue cheese burgers.

ABV: 5.6%  Color: Dark Brown/Mahogany  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 2.5/10

Zywiec Porter

ZYWIEC PORTER: 89 Points

Poland Porter

Poland Porter

This Imperial Porter is brewed in Poland and is available year-round 500 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “This excellent stout, brewed in Zywiec since 1881, is a brew for connoisseurs. Its flavor and health-giving properties have been known and appreciated by generations of beer lovers.”

My Description: This beer has clean flavors and the alcohol is nicely hidden making this ale easy drinking. It has a good sized, beige colored head that lasts for a long time and leaves behind a great amount of lacing. The aroma is simple and subtle with notes of chocolate and roasted malts. This porter is full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. This beer feels strong yet still remains smooth. The flavors are mild but apparent with notes of roasted malt, chocolate, earthy hops, and there are also metallic notes. The aftertaste is slightly bitter bring good balance. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with mushroom burgers, grilled chicken, or steak sandwiches.

ABV: 9.5%  Color: Dark Brown/Black  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 3/10

Stone Suede

SUEDE: 90 Points

Creative and Tasty

Creative and Tasty

This Imperial Porter is a collaboration with 10 Barrel and Blue Jacket. It is a one-time release and is available in 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “When Parisi and Stone brewmaster Mitch Steele decided to collaborate, it was essential that they tap a special individual to complete their triad of fermentation domination, and they found just that in Tonya Cornett, the brewmaster at Bend, Oregon’s 10 Barrel Brewing Company. Together, they decided on a sturdy yet velvety base of imperial porter and developed a plan to celebrate the bounty of the environs in which it was produced by harvesting avocado honey, jasmine and calendula flowers (some from our very own Stone Farms) and infusing them into the beer to create something complex and uniquely Southern Californian. Consider it craft cross-pollination at its finest.”

My Description: This is an interest selection of ingredients to put in a Porter, it’s hard to imagine delicate floral notes in a robust and roasty beer. However, this is Stone and somehow the flavor profile flows cleanly and delivers a beer that is worth nodding your head to. It begins with a very large, beige colored head that lasts for a long time and leaves behind a beautiful amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant with notes of roasted malts, honey, tobacco, and some floralness. Suede is medium/full bodied with a lower carbonation level and a dry finish. This beer is smooth and the alcohol is nicely hidden but will be slightly felt. Upfront, there are notes of roasted malt and some chocolate accompanied by some floral notes that I can only imagine to be Calendula flower since I’ve never eaten that flower before. Honey notes come through cleanly as well and add a sweet element to this slightly bitter brew. As the beer warms up, Jasmine notes begin to come through giving this beer an interesting complexity. This Porter is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with grilled ribs, beef stew, or Farmstead Gouda.

ABV: 9.6%  Color: Very Dark Brown  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 3/10

Innis & Gunn Scottish Porter

SCOTTISH PORTER: 77 Points

Porter??

Porter??

This Scottish Style Porter is available from time to time in 11.2 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “This beer takes its inspiration from the history books. As well as using flavour-packed chocolate and crystal malt, we also added treacle (molasses) which gives the beer its rich, bittersweet character. 100 years ago in Scotland, treacle was used by brewers to create depth and sweetness and to give beers a richer mouthfeel and more rounded finish.”

My Description: It has a decent sized, beige colored head with a decent retention level and it leaves behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is welcoming and interesting with notes of vanilla, caramel, and some dark fruit sweetness. This ale is medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is slightly complex but unimpressive. There are notes of chocolate, molasses, caramel, oak, and dark fruits but they don’t blend well enough together to make this beer satisfying or enjoyable. The aftertaste has no bitterness making this porter overly sweet and the alcohol flavor shines in occasionally. To be honest, it doesn’t even taste like a porter, more like an English dark ale. I would look somewhere else for a porter. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with roasted turkey, baked duck, or lamb stew.

ABV: 7.4%  Color: Dark Brown/Burgundy  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 1/10

DOS COCOAS (2013): 88 Points

Chocolate Porter

Chocolate Porter

This Porter is a limited release and available in 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “The Terrapin “”Dos Cocoas”” gets its name from the deep history of chocolate and the two forms of Ecuadorian cocoa we use in this exceptional beer. Brewed with 100% cocoa powder, and aged on a bed of pure cocoa nibs, the chocolate flavor in this beer is so mouth watering it will even make Wonka jealous.”

My Description: There is definitely a difference between using chocolate malt to get that chocolate flavor and using actual high quality cocoa nibs. There is a beautiful cocoa presence in this beer that is perfect for any cocoa lover. Unfortunately not much else in this ale is worth bragging about. It begins with a large, beige colored head that lasts for some time and leaves behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is my favorite part of this beer. It smells on point with pure cocoa reminding me of hot chocolate. There are also notes of roasted malt and a hint of coffee. This ale is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. There are definitely tasty cocoa notes in this ale accompanied by notes of roasted malt but not much else. This beer feels thin and lacking layers that I would have liked to see. However, this can easily be overlooked by that great cocoa flavor. The aftertaste is minimally bitter with a metallic note that lingers from time to time. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with desserts, steaks, or grilled lamb.

ABV: 5.6%  Color: Very Dark Brown  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 2.5/10

PLUM NOIR: 89 Points

Better as it warms

Better as it warms

This Imperial Porter is released seasonally in the Spring & Summer seasons in 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Plums are a diverse group of species, with somewhere between 19 & 40 varieties depending upon whom you ask. We’re using what we consider to be the best to brew with. the Italian plum has beautiful dark skin & the flesh is perfect for fermentation. Plum Noir’s mild sweetness is derived no necessarily from the many malts we use. A bit of plum flavor is present as well as earthy, toasted grains, & hints of caramel with mild coffee overtones.”

My Description: This beer is worth sipping on that cool summer night. There are nice dark fruit notes but I can’t say for sure that it is plums that I’m tasting. To me that is a great thing here because this is not designed as a fruit beer so the plums should only serve as a subtle flavor note. This ale begins with a good sized, dark beige colored head that has a decent retention level but leaves behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma has notes of coffee, roasted malts, dark fruit, and a hint of chocolate. This ale is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The flavor profile is tasty and slightly complex with notes of roasted malts, dark fruits, coffee undertones, and some sweetness. There is also a earthy hop presence and only the slightest hint of alcohol. This beer has good balance and a smooth texture. Enjoy this or save it for the winter months. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with chocolate desserts, Gruyere cheese, or BBQ chicken.

ABV: 8%  Color: Black  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 2.5/10