split an 11.2oz bottle with two friends. We each poured it into a
sampler glass. It was bottled on 12/9/14 and was sent to me by a friend
in Florida (thanks, Mike!).
Appearance: Murky, mud-like hazy brownish/red. Pours to a fairly large, tan, frothy head which retains and laces well.
Smell: Fairly typical porter aroma, though milder than most. The toasted
malt is subtle. There seems to be a slight tang to the aroma as I swear
I detect a tuna-like scent.
Taste: If I didn’t know what I was drinking, I’d probably think this was
someone’s homebrewed porter. It definitely has all the characteristics
you look for in the style, only nothing about it really pops. Toasted
dark malt is certainly the most prominent, but it’s not quite as robust
as I was expecting (or hoping for). This is closer to a traditional
brown ale with sweet caramel and a touch of toffee. It’s also quite
hoppy as there’s genuine bitterness here and it accentuates the toasted
character well. Overall, it’s still pretty mild and uncomplicated, but
there’s nothing off-putting about the palette.
Drinkability: At 6% ABV, this is not exactly the thick, viscous syrup
the label would seem to indicate it is. The mouthfeel is medium at best
with a fairly high amount of carbonation. Still, it’s smooth and leaves
little aftertaste. Probably a little too light to stand up to savory
food, but would work as a tailgating beverage.