St. George PorterJuly 1, 2006
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.
- Stephen Beaumont
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!
- Charlie Papazian
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.
- Garrett Oliver
Stephen Beaumont boarded his first plane at the age of 15 and hasn’t looked back since, obsessing about travel to the point that he gets nervous if he doesn’t have a ticket or two stacked on the corner of his desk. When he’s not running around in search of new taste experiences, he makes his home in Toronto, where a new cultural experience is only as far away as the next neighborhood.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
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.
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