Monkey Face PorterMarch 1, 2005 Redmond, OR
Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.
This robust porter is named for Monkey Face, a rock formation popular with rock climbers in Smith Rock State Park in the Oregon Cascades. It is brewed with two-row, crystal, black Patent, and chocolate malts; and Willamette hops.
Alcohol (wt.): 4.0
Alcohol (vol.): 5.0
This is a beautiful beer with a blonde head, a pleasing sound and color so dense it almost looks gothic; but with such intriguing aromatics as to make one salivate with anticipation. And the taste? That tells it all: rich…thick…malty, with well defined roast-malt character, and backed by a truly friendly hop segment. Well balanced indeed, this beer has a sterling come-hither character. Betcha can’t drink just one.
- Fred Eckhardt
The sun is shining outside, but it can’t punch through this pint. The nose shows plenty of espresso-like roast with hops wafting gently on top. The palate is surprisingly light and approachable, with hop and roast bitterness combining to balance out juicy malts in a light, dry setting. It strikes me as more of an Irish-style stout than a porter, but the line there is admittedly fuzzy. Regardless, it’s very tasty. It would be just the thing with a charbroiled bacon cheeseburger.
- Garrett Oliver
Moderate, subdued, malted milked-colored head that withers rather quickly. The tenacious dotted lace leaves a reminder. Almost opaque with brown highlights. The nose is full of dark malt aroma: mostly black, some chocolate. The palate is sharp and somewhat light in body, more like a dry stout. The black malt really lingers in the flavor, with some good hop bitterness also in a solid, earthy, and stiff finish. A little more malt backup would make this more memorable, but it’s a good-drinking brew if you’re looking for a quencher. Perfect for a mess of seafood or some fish and chips. (reviewed by K. Klemp)
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer and Sake (USA).
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.
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