Saturday, January 10, 2009

Stone Smoked Porter

This will be the last of the night for us.

Appearance: A typical porter that's dark black, thick, and lacy head. Again, our bottle must have had the shakes because we got abnormal amounts of head (I think it was Jimmy's crazy snow driving on the way home from the Beverage Barn, but I digress).

Smell: This is bizarre; we both smell apple. I don't know if this is on purpose with some weird combination, but geez, no distinguishing characteristics between hops and malts (WHAT A CATCH BY MARK CLAYTON!). We want to smell smokey or coffee malts, but we don't know if that's just the power of suggestion.

Taste: Dry sweet malts, kind of bland, no hops. Pretty simple taste.

Mouthfeel: Lighter than the appearance would suggest, lightly carbonated, licorice aftertaste, but as much as we want to have a smokey aftertaste, its just not there.

Drinkability: Easy to go down, especially compared to a stout or other porters we've had. The alcohol content doesn't make you put down the beer at 5.9%, but there really isn't much else to explore after the first one. We averaged out a 6.5/10, its a good beer but compared to other porters it doesn't hold its own.

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