Fearrington Winter - Fullsteam Brewery
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3.95/5 rDev 0%
A porter brewed with coffee and pecans.Had this at the tavern the other night.Poured a deep dark chocolate brown with a few deep ruby highlights,a thinner head atop.Aromas of dark coffee roast,mild roasted nuts,and some brown sugar-like sweetness.Roasted flavors with drying earthy tones,there is a subtle pecan flavor with some molasses sweetness that stays in the background and never becomes too big.A nice porter that's pretty quaffable but has a nice deep roast to it.Well made.
12-21-2013 22:07:11 | More by oberon
3.91/5 rDev -1%
Interesting beer, seemed like a good beer to drink while snowed in. Thanks to Beerness.
Pours a dark mocha colored 1/2 finger fizzy head that fades at a med pace, the fizzy nature of the head makes me think the abv is higher than it really is, leaves very little lacing, but a pitch black beer.
Nose is interesting, a nice mix of dark malts, coffee, and pecan. A nice dark malt base with little dakr chocolate, fudgey baker's chocolate, hint of roast, caramel, etc. Through that a big fresh coffee shines right through and increases the more I smell it, a med roast caramely like coffee without the big roasty punch or espresso heaviness. The pecan is there but lighter, a little candied pecan like aroma with mild toasty aroma. It also seems to have a bit of vanilla even.
Taste starts quite creamy, like loaded with oats and perhaps a bit of lactose, and layers of dark malts, plenty more dark chocolate and a little fudgey, cocoa as well, with bitterness that eventually comes through with some mild earthy hops and little from roast. Malts bring a bit of a roasty note but very little, as well as caramel and mild toastiness. Coffee is there but less than the nose had, a little fresh brewed coffee, fresh coffee grinds this time, again med to milder roast and probably cold extracted as I don't get that bitter acrid bite, with a touch of a roasty flavor. Pecans are also quite light, little toasty pecan note. Nice creamy dark malt porter finish, it dries a little but leaves a mild sticky feel, hard to tell ifit's lactose since it has that mild sticky feel but not that really dry lactose flavor or feel, a bit more dusty cocoa lingering with touch of coffee and caramel.
Mouth is med to fuller bod, fairly creamy, and lighter but decent carbonation.
Overall not bad, a nice porter to sit through the cold winter, not really warming or heavy, but nice dark malts and coffee without being too roasty or acrid, and some pecans add a nice touch although a little light.
02-13-2014 22:27:53 | More by jlindros
3.36/5 rDev -14.9%
Color--deep, as a porter should be
Head / lacing--insignificant
Smells enticing but the actual flavor isn't smooth enough for me. Coffee is so strong, in general, that it hides the sweetness. The label describes it as "bold" and I would agree. Since I take coffee with lots of cream and sugar, perhaps I would have appreciated this beer with more mild beans. I'd prefer to get more hint of the pecan.
Still, Fullstream deserves bonus credit for being from my own region, Durham, NC, and for the awesome drawing on the bottle. "Georgia-based Win Crannell's pen-and-ink illustrations magically capture nature's majesty and fragility. Inspired by the pecan trees of Fearrington, we commissioned Win to pen four drawings of a single tree."
03-13-2014 23:47:23 | More by MECove
Fearrington Winter from Fullsteam Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.