Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Baxter Window Seat

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1279) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2015
I’m not usually fan of coconut (or almonds for that matter), but when used in porters and stouts it’s a flavor that tends to be quite complimentary. In the case of Baxter Brewing’s “Window Seat,” it’s one of the most coconut-tasting beers I can ever recall having. That being said, the base porter brew is rather mild, so the result is an unbalanced palette. Still, it’s tastes pretty decent, so it has that going for it.

I poured a 12oz can into a goblet. There was no freshness date and it cost $2.95 ($0.25 per ounce).

Appearance: Deep dark ruby red/brown/black. Pours to a small, tan, foamy head which mostly dissipates and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Fairly strong aroma of coconut, not unlike sunblock. Some sweet dark maltiness.

Taste: The beer begins much like any other porter: dark malt, fairly sweet, with an almost cola-like taste. On the back end is when the coconut and almond emerge, and boy do they. It’s a very authentic taste, so much so that it almost tastes like oil or butter (possible diacetyl?). There’s just a faint touch of bitterness on the finish, which is nice, but it needs more. There should be a much more prominent taste of roasted malt to complement the coconut and almond. I like the flavors that are present here, but it seems like so much more could be done. Let no one call this brew unoriginal.

Drinkability: I mentioned the beer has an oily/buttery taste, but it has a texture to match. The carbonation seems quite low, making the beer feel light in the mouth and slick on the tongue. It does go down very smoothly with almost completely clean aftertaste, though, which is nice (but I wouldn’t consider it refreshing). At 6% ABV, Baxter Brewing Window Seat is a bit inefficient: it feels and tastes like a session beer when it should be a dessert beer. 
Grade: 6/10

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