Sunday, February 1, 2015

Bootlegger's Mint Chocolate Porter

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1272) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2015
When a brewery markets a beer as having a certain, unique (perhaps novelty) character, you go into it with an expectation. And when it doesn’t live up to that expectation, it’s fair to penalize it as such. That’s the case with Bootlegger’s Mint Chocolate Porter – it’s not that it’s a bad beer - it’s just a standard porter in all aspects with only minor mint and chocolate character to it. It’s fine, but it’s not especially impressive.

I poured a 22oz bottle into a goblet. There was no freshness date. It was sent to me from the brewery (thanks, guys!).

Appearance: Standard black color, with a small, dark tan, foamy head which mostly dissipates and leaves little to no lacing.

Smell: Standard porter aroma, though mild. Only a hint of a mint scent.

Taste: The palette begins with a mild sweetness. I detect mild mint crème and milk chocolate as well as some dark fruits. It becomes slightly bitter through the middle with plenty of roasted malt on the backend. That’s pretty much it. Repetitive to be sure, but definitely satisfying. I was expecting a more robust, complex brew – this seems almost deliberately held back (or that I’m drinking the previous year’s batch). It’s a bit disappointing that the mint and chocolate and background flavors rather than front-and-center. As a porter, this is certainly what you expect of the style (and if I were rating is as porter it would score a tad higher), but since it’s advertised as a “Mint Chocolate Porter,” it doesn’t quite deliver as promised.

Drinkability: Bootlegger’s Mint Chocolate Porter is in the perfect medium between light and heavy brews at 6.1% ABV. It’s fair to expect some significant body and hefty flavor from a beer with that weight. However, the body is medium at best; it’s actually a tad thin with a smooth, watery texture. It seems to be under-carbonated. At least it’s comfortable in the mouth and even a bit refreshing thanks to the mint. It would accompany any kind of chocolate dessert nicely – just don’t expect this to be a dessert in and of itself. 
Grade: 6/10