Considering its Portland, this winter hasn’t been as dreary as it could be. I brewed a robust porter with the expectation of cold weather and grey rainy days. One might think you would want a bright, sunshiny beer to counter winter’s melancholy days. For me though, this black elixir serves as a way to embrace the cold and grey. It’s like a warm coat you can wrap yourself into. It helps shield you from the elements, giving you an appreciation for the otherwise drab and dismal days of winter.
This porter ended up a tasty pint. I was not initially a fan of this beer though. Once it was carbonated, there was a harsh bitterness that surprised me. The hop bitterness combined with the astringency of the dark malts left the beer with a rough mouth feel. I was worried at first but decided to leave it alone. Then I tried it a few weeks later and was pleased to discover a delicious beer loaded with chocolate and maple flavors. While I would still say the bitterness is firm, it faded substantially and left a pleasant herbal character. This beer is definitely suitable for more than one pint. The alcohol came out to 5.8% so it’s not a session beer by any means, but the chocolaty, sweet flavor combined with a dry finish makes it an easy drinking beer.
I’m not really a competition brewer but I’m considering entering it if I can find one coming up. It will have to be soon though. This keg won’t last long.