Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Horny Goat Brownie Porter


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (1320) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 8, 2015
If you know me you know I love sweets and sweet beer, so Horny Goat Brownie Porter would seem to be ideal for me. Brewed with brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla beans and cocoa nibs - this would seem to be a delicious beer based on the recipe. And while it’s not bad, it’s just too mild for my expectations and standards. Chalk it up to the fact the can was over four months old, I suppose.

I poured a 16oz can into a tulip pint glass. It was canned on 11/20/14.

Appearance: Deep mahogany hue; plenty of carbonation visible. Pours to a large, beige, foamy head which never dissipates but doesn’t leave much lacing.

Smell: Fairly mild nose with faint dark malt and a touch of cinnamon. No chocolate scent.

Taste: There’s a sweetness to this palette that’s always prominent, yet it’s not a sickly cloying beer outright. Light notes of cinnamon and brown sugar to start along with dark malty flavor. Nothing in the way of deeply roasted malts or any kind of toasty taste, though; certainly no fruits, either. Only mild bitterness on the second half with a discernible tanginess on the finish (probably due to the age of the can). There’s only the slightest trace of vanilla and cocoa nibs, but I would not describe this as being a brownie-tasting beer at all. As a novelty brew it’s fine, but forgettable.

Drinkability: At 5.6% ABV, Horny Goat Brownie Porter is much too big to be even under consideration for “sessionable,” yet much too light to be a liquid dessert. The mouthfeel is noticeable thin, slightly watery in texture, and crisp for a porter. It does go down smoothly, though; and leaves a minor cinnamon aftertaste, which is alright. I had no trouble getting down a full pint can serving. 
Grade: 6/10