Brewery: Sierra Nevada
Style: American Porter
Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Pint glass
Drinking Establishment: Kerensa’s kitchen
Primary Consumer(s): Ally & Kerensa
Sight: Opaque, deep rich amber coloration. About a centimeter of thick, creamy head (bow chicka bow wow).
Scent: Slightly roasted malty smell. Just a faint whiff of coffee and earthiness.
Flavor: Upon first sip, it has a run-of-the-mill roasted malt taste. The flavor is pretty mild upfront, very slight hoppy/bitter aftertaste. Not particularly dynamic or complex. However, after resting, the overall flavor develops a slight sweetness.
Feel: Creamy in my mouth (sorry). Pretty decent carbonation.
The Porterness of this Porter is not very Porterly (i.e., there’s not an overpowering presence of coffee, caramel, chocolate, or robust roastiness). Though, maybe a super bittersweet chocolate–the chalky kind you would melt to make brownies (or, for non-bakers, the kind your mom had in the cabinet and didn’t taste quite right…whoops.)
Concluding remarks: This is a Porter. No bells or whistles, no fancy added spices or flavorings. Pick it up if you can get it at a decent price (<$9). However, you might get bored with it after two or three in. So, share it with your friends and ask them what they think.