Snake Pit PorterJuly 1, 2004 Place: Greenwood, IN
Oaken Barrel Brewing Co. Place: Greenwood, IN Available: IN This porter is brewed with chocolate, crystal and black malts. Alcohol (wt.): 3.93 Alcohol (vol.): 4.93 Color: 32 Bitterness: 40 Gravity: 1056
What a beautiful head, and it is accompanied by a smooth, pleasing, clicking sound as it slowly fades away. The beautiful, deep ebony color and wonderful roasty nose leads one into the rich, roasted malt taste. This beer’s roast character demands that one pause to enjoy all of its varied elements. If you like porter, this beer will fulfill all of your roasty dreams.
- Fred Eckhardt
The beer is deep red edging into black. One whiff and there is no doubt where the brewery gets its name. A powerful aroma combines toasty oak, coffee, and vanilla with a tar-like top note. Fortunately the beer is more mellow than the nose-- smooth and soft with solid hopping, sweet malts, and plenty of caramel and chocolate. It's all surrounded by oak, which re-asserts itself in the finish. A little oak goes a long way-- subtle it's not. But get me some pit barbecue and I won't quibble.
- Garrett Oliver
Rocky, tan head. The beer itself has a typical ebony color, tinged with garnet. Slightly sappy aroma, reminiscent of Guinness—which this beer resembles throughout. Soft, soothing, slightly oily body. High roast maltiness in the middle palate. Finish is emphatically dry, but no astringency. Very appetizing. An uncompromisingly dry porter (or stout). Excellent.
- 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.
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