Saturday, May 28, 2011
Batch #4, English Porter Tasting
Appearance- Very dark but quite brown under the light with deep garnet highlights. Pretty much what I was going for on this one, but might be a little more opaque than I had hoped. A very thin head which fades slowly into a thin film (as seen in the picture, took me a few minutes to get the computer situated). The lack of head may be due to low carbonation.
Smell- Roasty flavors like cooked meat with some definite coffee and candy sweet aromas as well.
Taste- Light roast with some cocoa and coffee but with the sweetness coming through more upfront. Finish is bitter roast with hints of hops.
Mouthfeel- A bit thin and undercarbonated. I had expected the body on this to be a little bit higher but had aimed for low carbonation so its around what was expected. If there is one aspect I would change it is the lack of body, which may be accentuated by the lack of carbonation.
Drinkability- Not the best porter ever by any measure but very drinkable and flavorful. My favorite beer I've brewed yet and all around seems to hit what I was aiming for, if not blowing away. The mouthfeel is the worst part of this beer but it isn't enough to hurt it too badly. My grandmother who is from England and grew up in her grandparent's pub ("The Old Horse and Jockey" which I named the beer after) said "It tastes like beer should taste." I have to agree.