Crooked River Robust PorterMay 1, 2001 Cleveland, OH
Crooked River Brewing Co.
Available: OH, PA, NY, IN, KY, MD, MI, TN, WV
Crooked River is named for the Cuyahoga (“crooked river”) River that flows past the brewery in Cleveland. This English style porter is brewed with dark roasted chocolate and caramel malts and hopped with Yakima Valley Cascades.
Original gravity: 1058
Blond head and excellent roasty aromatics. This beer is sturdy and powerful on the palate, yet not overdone. Indeed, it has a fine, almost delicate, balance between malt and roast grain character. Moreover, there is a gentle, but delicate, hop array, making this beer very easy to drink. Impressive.
- Fred Eckhardt
Dark brown and darned near black, this beer raises a full head which drops back quickly. The aroma is terrific French roast coffee with a hint of good dark chocolate. The palate is nicely roasty and medium-dry with a caramel backdrop and fruity malt in the center. The whole thing pulls together at the finish, which is clean and dry. A really nice job and it strikes me as a true porter-- you wouldn't mistake it for a brown ale or a stout. Very good roast structure. A delicious partner to that porterhouse steak you just tossed on the grill.
- Garrett Oliver
Purply black color. Very creamy, dark, coffee-colored head. Restrained espresso on the nose. Light and smooth on the tongue, but with a richness, nonetheless. Very easily drinkable and soothing. The late balance of black-chocolate bitterness is a distinct feature of this beer. A sign-off? Yes, indeed. A signature.
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Style and Saké.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.