every brewery is trying to re-invent the wheel, Chatham Brewing tends
to stick to classic styles brewed using traditional recipes. Their
porter is a good example of this: a solid, to-spec, porter that has
plenty of flavor and is easy to drink. That’s what I consider a good
I poured a 16oz growler into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Pitch black in color with just the faintest brownish/red
highlights. Pours to a two-finger, brown, frothy head which retains and
Smell: Sweet dark malts with notes of toast, milk chocolate and dairy.
Taste: Porters aren’t intended to be exploding with flavor, they’re
meant to be flavorful, easy-drinking beers, and that’s what you get with
Chatham Porter. Up front there’s a sweetness derived from the dark
malt; notes of milk chocolate, cherry, and a sweetness akin to lactose
(though this is not brewed with lactose sugar as far as I know). It has
almost a cola flavor, as well (Dr. Pepper to be exact). The roasted malt
comes alive on the back end, while the hops lurk in the background
throughout. An interesting, classic palette anyone can enjoy.
Drinkability: Weighing in at 6% ABV, Chatham Porter is a little heavy
for the style. Though it’s in no way a thick, heavy beer per se. The
mouthfeel is thinner than you’d think, with a silky texture and
ridiculously smooth finish. There’s a mild dry aftertaste from the dark
malt, though it’s easily tolerated. A versatile palette – this beer will
pair with a savory meal or dessert (or as dessert).