I tried my first porter in the winter of 2007 when I was living in London for the second time. I was 22 years old, and up until this point the extent of my beer awareness consisted of the three most popular American light beers: Bud, Coors, and Miller. Needless to say, my beer palate was lacking. I had just been hired as a bartender and there was some interest in me actually understanding what I was selling, so I began my journey into the world of beer.
I tried several new beer flavors during this time, but I specifically remember the porter due to its rich, malty flavor. I was not particularly fond of the vivid hints of coffee and dark chocolate, which I have since grown to love. The same is true for porter.
While I could not appreciate porter for what it was at the time, tastes change, and I now find this beer extremely enjoyable. But enough about me, it’s time to talk about the beers!
I found this beer to be similar to the Black Butte in terms of body: full, but not too heavy. The flavor, however, is quite different. The vanilla beans pair nicely with the roasted dark chocolate flavors. I also taste a hint of caramel with just a smidge of hoppy bitterness and a smoky finish. A flavorful beer, and one which I will be purchasing again.
I hope you enjoyed my round-up of porters this week and that you found a few new beers to try. Please join me in two weeks when I bring you some dark lagers!
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