Friday, April 30, 2010

Friday Night Beer: Half Pints Pothole Porter

Sorry for the missed beer posts, busy month, but things are starting to settle down.

Pothole Porter
Half Pints Brewing Company
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Baltic Porter
7.9%

Friend grabs me Half Pint brews whenever he's coming out to Ottawa, or our paths are going to cross. Half Pints is a great brewery, if you're in Manitoba make sure you give them a try. I'm pretty sure they have a rep in Ontario too and there have been some consignment orders. This time I got a Pothole Porter. Baltic Porter is akin to an Imperial Stout; big, boozy, roasty.

Pours near-black with read highlights all around the glass. Couple finger thick mocha head settles pretty quickly. Spotty lacings.

Alot of fruity alcohol on the nose, tones down the roasted coffee a bit. Burnt bread when you dig a bit deeper, almost coal like.

This has an interesting malt profile. Lots of fruit to it, dark fruit but hard to nail down. Bit of a cherry taste to it, maybe black currant. Bittersweet chocolate kicks in soon enough, giving the impression of chocolate covered cherries. Roasted coffee flavour is a bit hit and miss, it's fleeting. Nicely integrated alcohol throughout.

This is a well made porter. Strength is well controlled. Flavours mix nicely. Gives you a bit more than run-of-the-mill coffee bitterness.

To be completely honest, I'm not a huge stout/porter fan, I find they all sorta taste the same, you're just dealing with different degrees of coffee/chocolate. Nonetheless, this is a good one.

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