Friday, June 30, 2017

SweetWater Pulled Porter

ChadPolenz (1806) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2017

DOC: 5/4/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 32A Classic Style Smoked Beer (base style: 20A American Porter)

AROMA: Minor smoke aroma; slightly sharp. Fairly strong presence of dark malts and chocolate. Hops are noticeable as well with a citrusy/floral character. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Dark black with brown edges. Large dark tan foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: More sweet than smoky/roasty, but not especially sweet overall. Dark malts drive the palette with general bittersweet chocolate taste throughout. Hops are actually quite prominent and exhibit a citrusy/floral taste. Bitterness is moderate. Smoke only appears briefly on the finish and is rather mild; there is no sensation of bacon or wood. Aftertaste is a little astringent. 10/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and carbonation. Texture is smooth. Hops, roasted malt and smoke leave a mild astringent aftertaste. Seems much lighter than 7.7% ABV. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Decent porter at the core, but does not work as a smoke beer. 5/10