AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20Chad9976 (1522) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2015
are certain beers that you just know are going to be delicious judging
by the name, description, or label. Narragansett Allie’s Double
Chocolate Porter is not, however, one of those beers. Despite the
marketing to make it seems like a chocolate bomb, it’s actually a
poorly-brewed porter that does not deliver as promised.
I poured a 16oz can into a tulip glass. It was canned on 9/2/15 and cost $2.39 ($0.15 per ounce).
Appearance: Black in color, but not inky opaque. Pours to a surprisingly
small, tan, soapy head which fizzles away quickly and completely.
Smell: The first thing I notice is a slight vinegar scent, though
there’s also some chocolate syrup or other candy-like aroma. The latter
component, while nice, is completely overshadowed by the former. It’s
not a good-smelling beer.
Taste: Reading over the reviews of this beer, it sounds as though
there’s an either a contaminated batch of it going around, or perhaps
this beer just does not age well at all. This can is less than four
months old, but it seems to have lost all its genuine flavor already.
There’s a sharp tang right away; a flavor not too far removed from
vinegar. I do notice some chocolate-like flavor lurking in the
background, but not to the extent that I would consider this a chocolate
beer. It has a slight cola taste as well, though that’s not necessarily
an attribute. Otherwise, there’s really no genuine porter character to
found. Either this was very poorly brewed, or the brewers’ definition of
chocolate differs greatly from mine.
Drinkability: Porters aren’t as thick as stouts, but they shouldn’t be
paper thin, either. Narragansett Allie’s Double Chocolate Porter is much
too light for the style. Though only 5.5% ABV, it has the mouthfeel of a
stale lager. Slightly fizzy; noticeable thin, with a watery texture and
(thankfully) completely clean aftertaste.