Summer Black Forest Porter - Holgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel
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3.96/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Tried on-tap at the Quarryman's in Pyrmont.
Pours a fairly light-bodied but dark hued brown with some red coming through on the edges. Head is a little coarse, surviving as a thin film but leaving very solid lacing. Fine languide carbonation belies the lighter body. Looks pretty decent.
Nose is relatively light-on. Slight, subtle fruit with a touch of cherry coming through and a milk-chocolate sweetness which is pleasant just like their Temptress. It does feel toned down a little bit, but it's pleasant enough.
Taste is great, however, and here the concept seems to come together pretty well. Mild smooth chocolate flavour is lifted from being stick and sweet by the fruity lilt on the back, which in turn provides a slight freshness to the palate. A slight dry cocoa character sticks around, giving a mild tobacco smoke evanescence on the back. It's still dark, but it has the evocation of a late evening barbeque, or the blanketing bushfire smoke of a summer in Australia.
Feel is relatively good. Clean, but light, without adding much weight to the beer itself.
Overall, I'm pretty happy with this. I wasn't quite sure what this was going to be like, but they've pulled off the concept with some degree of success. I'm always happy to drink a rich, dark beer in summer anyway, but if I had to have a "summer porter", this is pretty close to what I'd like.
Serving type: on-tap
01-12-2014 07:34:27 | More by lacqueredmouse
Summer Black Forest Porter from Holgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel
- out of 100 based on 2 ratings.