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Pay It Forward Cocoa Porter - West Sixth Brewing Company

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Pay It Forward Cocoa Porter
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
West Sixth Brewing Company visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ali1987 on 12-30-2013)
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Pay-it-forward Cocoa Porter [7%] on tap at the brewpub in Lexington.

The superb aroma is the strong point of this beer. It is rich, slightly sweet, and has a fine contribution from both dark roasted grains and cocoa nibs. Hints of toffee and dark fruits.

Medium+ body with medium-low carbonation.
Excellent aftertaste, with some hops showing.

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I have been a long time drinker of "craft beers" but just recently started paying attention to what I am buying and looking for. Been reading Beer Advocate and other beer review sites like crazy the last couple of months. When I started looking into Kentucky Brewers this is one of the first ones that I had access to in my rather rural part of the state. Porters and Stouts are my go to in general and this one excited me quite a bit, I was NOT disappointed. Right up there with some of my other favorite Porters, give the Kentucky Boys a try

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Serving: 12 oz can poured into a Sam Adams pint glass

A: Deep mahogany pour from the can, which produces a finger-thick khaki-colored head; held up to the light, there is an interesting stratification of color - the bottom third of the glass produces some shimmering ruby highlights while the upper 2/3 is much darker, nearly opaque; clingy sheets of khaki colored lace sticks to the glass.

S: Picking up a faint sweetness in the form of powdered cocoa; also finding a mild coffee aroma, roasted malts and a touch of charcoal-like smokiness; overall, the aroma is rather tame at first, but as the beer warms, the cocoa and coffee notes seem to perk up.

T: Roasted flavors announce their presence from the first sip - roasted malts competing with a nice coffee flavor contribute to an early bitterness; mid sip sees a flash of cocoa provide an offsetting sweetness before fading into an earthy, smoky note - a touch woodsy even; the hops make their presence known with a rising resiny bite; finish is drying with a second dose of coffee beans, easing into a buttered toast and nutty taste that lingers long after each sip.

M: Medium bodied; very fine carbonation nicely cuts through the oily slickness to create a slightly creamy mouthfeel; very nicely done for a non-nitro can.

O: A nice porter from the guys at West Sixth. Good to see local breweries putting out some quality offerings, and this is their newest, year-round canned offering. This porter has a nice balance between malts and hops, with an added dash of cocoa to liven things up, all while maintaining solid drinkability for a 7% ABV porter. Give this one a chance, I think you'll enjoy it.

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Steadfast with natural chocolate flavors, Porter beer leads with this succulence and accompanied by coffee, nutty and malty taste. That's not good enough for the brewers at West Sixth Brewery! Robust cocoa flavors are given a boost by actual cocoa additions to the brewing process.

Like the mainstay appearance for the style, Pay It Forward (cocoa edition) portrays a dark brown ale with a sandy haze. Its frothy build up of foam is fluid like espresso creme, equipped with a mocha-stained tint. Semi-firm in its retention, the cocoa infusion renders any froth character relatively short and quite in its lacing.

Its toasted sweetness pops in aroma, striking the olfactory senses with robust coffee, nutty, slightly charred character, but also its fore-running dark chocolate character. An undercurrent of caramel welcomes a woody counterpart from hops and wafts of milk smoke.

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Its lush mouthfeel is creamy and velvety early but fades smoothly to a pleasant bitterness, dryness and toasted malt closure. As its carbonation is light, the ale seeps into the taste buds and is slow to release- rewarding the palate with its silky chocolate sweetness into a long and welcoming linger.

Where Pay It Forward is a classic Porter with English-like malting and American dryness and hop character- this cocoa laden version gives a creamy smoothness and chocolaty seduction that the porter wasn't able to achive on its own.

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A - Pours black with dark ruby highlights and a finger of mocha head.

S - The aroma is of dark roasted malts and coffee.

T - On the initial taste lots of dark roasted malts come through. Some bitter coffee in there mid palate. On the aftertaste more dark roasted malts and coffee with just a touch of bittersweet chocolates.

M- Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

O - Nice beer. No complaints. Recommended Cheers

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Pay It Forward Cocoa Porter from West Sixth Brewing Company
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