Smack in the middle of good, I would definitely drink it again. Quite light and sessionable, though a bit like a room missing a few accent pieces.
STYLE: American Porter
LOOK: Typically black with an atypical reddish hue. A lightly carbonated, condom-sized foam oyster settles in the middle, khaki on the outer edge and darker khaki in the middle. Yes, it’s thin – about right for the style.
NOSE: Reminds me of a less complex Belgian Quad. Dark fruit, primarily raisin and currants. Also honey and vanilla, though they aren’t manning the ship.
MOUTH: Follows the nose. Dark fruit with a puppy-like bite. It slips quietly, almost effortlessly, down my throat. That little nip lingers on the front of my tongue, a touch of coffee and charcoal that comes, I think, from the roasted malts. I can see myself drinking a few these in early December – gearing up for the holidays and the fuller, more complex brews that come with the season.
Beeradvocate Rating: 92
Hayward Abbey Rating: 84