Thursday, December 29, 2016

Motorworks Midnight Espresso

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20ChadPolenz (1742) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2016

2015 BJCP Category: 30A Spice/Herb/Vegetable (base style: 20A American Porter)

AROMA: A fading coffee aroma; slightly fruity. Minor chocolate presence. Seems to be a metallic or tang scent. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Deep brown hue with light garnet edges. Small, dark tan foam never dissipates and leaves some lacing. 2/3

FLAVOR: Typical porter palette throughout. Dark malt flavor and sweetness with notes of chocolate and perhaps some dark fruit in the background. Sweet, but far from rich or cloying. Bitterness is fairly low; no distinct flavor, just a mild earthy sensation. Can is only 3.5 months old, but coffee flavor has severely diminished. Espresso emerges briefly in the aftertaste. 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body and carbonation (seems too light for 6.5%). Texture is soft and smooth which makes it easy to gulp down. Leaves a slightly dry/bitter aftertaste. No alcohol presence. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: This works pretty well as a porter, but comes up short as an espresso brew. Surprised coffee has faded this much this quickly. 6/10