Available: NC, SC, VA
Deep brownish purple in color, from the first sniff it’s obvious that this porter’s inspiration is the Britsh, rather than the hoppier American style, as befits an ale from a company named after England’s patron saint. The rich, sweetly chocolaty aroma presages a full and chocolaty body, buoyed by soft notes of plum and coffee, and a rising, earthy bitterness. The off-dry finish delivers roasty espresso-tinged notes, and makes me long for a big pot of steamed clams.
The pour sounds great. Velvety foam and slow-moving bubbles. Aroma of cocoa and toasted malt address the air. Body and flavor are in perfect harmony with sights and sounds, mirroring a rich-flavored porter that should be the envy of any porter aficionado. Acidity of dark malts is nicely subdued with caramel and malt tones. Well brewed. A well-balanced tribute to American porter gone good!
Held to strong light, this shows a deep ruby color, and raises a rocky tan head. The nose is redolent of milk chocolate and good coffee. Those flavors follow through onto a smooth medium-bodied palate and the beer finishes cleanly with a snap of roast acidity. Judiciously balanced, full-flavored and well structured, this is a textbook porter. It would make a perfect accompaniment for chicken enchiladas molé.