Newburgh Winter Spruce Porter - Newburgh Brewing Company
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4.46/5 rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
The "piney" metaphor that people use for some hops becomes reality here, but without the hoppy bitterness.
It pours dark (of course) from 32-oz growler, with two-finger head that dissipates at a moderate pace. Smells of mint and roasted malts. The flavor reveals a woody backbone to a much weaker mint than the nose (it's that spruce in the description -- definitely not peppermint!), balanced by dry, somewhat milky chocolate. Medium mouthfeel. Not an overly sweet or alcoholic beer by any means, and not a hoppy one either, despite the clear piney note pawing at the relatively rich porter base.
This is really inventive stuff that seems to play on a common hop description -- which may surprise/turn off drinkers hoping for "piney hops" instead of actual pine! I loved it, though. On tap at Jacob's Pickles, NYC.
Serving type: growler
02-02-2014 07:40:44 | More by gorbos
Newburgh Winter Spruce Porter from Newburgh Brewing Company
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