Ost Porter - Rogness Brewing Company
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3.5/5 rDev -9.1%
Pretty good one here, first time trying this Texas brewery.
Appearance pretty standard porter. Black and opaque with a fairly typical head and lace.
Aroma is roasty, a little astringent, with a touch of dark caramel malt, and some standard coffee, chocolate, roasty, and burnt notes. Flavor follows.
The astringent qualities make it seem like higher ABV than it is. Could maybe use a little tweaking, but don't get me wrong, it's tasty beer. I will have to try another from this brewery next time I'm at that store.
11-06-2013 02:48:39 | More by AlCaponeJunior
2.81/5 rDev -27%
651ml brown glass bottle with standard unbranded pry-off pressure cap and typicla Rogness label art acquired at me local HEB Grocery and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I'm in the mood for a good porter. No ABV is listed on the label. Reviewed as a Porter because it clearly identifies as such on the label/in the name (though it doesn't specify whether it's English or American style).
Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as I pour.
Pours a one finger wide head of nice khaki-tan colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Decent frothiness. Has a soft shiny complexion. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is average - about 2 minutes (not horribly impressive for a purported 5.7% beer, but not poor either).
Body colour is a predictable opaque solid black - not quite a jet black. No yeast particles are visible.
Overall, it looks pretty standard for a porter. Not unique or special, but there are no obvious flaws either.
Sm: Anise/fennel, dark malts, chocolate malts, cream, light buried roasted barley, caramel. Hints of vague coffee. Maybe a biteen of molasses or raisin. I definitely want more roasted barley, and ideally some actual chocolate. Also, the coffee isn't very evocative or multifaceted, and is too timid. The anise has me concerned, and with the seeming raisin, the aroma comes off a bit too redolent of a Belgian Dark Ale in my opinion. Overall, it's a generally appealing aroma for the style, and is of mild strength.
No hop character, yeast character, or alcohol is detectable.
I'm looking forward to trying it.
T: A bit acrid and harsh, unfortunately, with anise and fennel really mucking things up about the climax. Dark and chocolate malts fill out the bulk of the body, with a kiss of astringent coffee beans in there too. Little cream. No actual chocolate. The roast is way too buried. I get some unwelcome raisin. Also perhaps some licorice, but it's beyond me to separate licorice notes from fennel. Maybe molasses too. There's some vague fruitiness. Light hazelnut, perhaps? Faint burnt character.
Below average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour. It tries for complexity, but brings little to the table. No subtlety. Not particularly well balanced, though it does have some cohesion. Not gestalt. There doesn't seem to be a lot of careful deliberation behind this build; it seems like the brewer(s) cobbled together a recipe without much expertise.
I don't find any hop presence, alcohol, or yeast character.
Mf: Sticky, harsh, vinous, rough, lightly coarse, and wet. Unrefreshing. Too thick. A biteen syrupy. Chewy. Overcarbonated. Not really to style at all; a proper porter ought to be smooth, wet, and creamy without feeling rough on the palate. This is an unbecoming presence on the palate and doesn't seem custom-tailored to the flavour profile by any means.
Not oily, boozy, hot, or gushed.
Dr: Downable for what it is, but far from highly drinkable. I'd guess the ABV was higher than it is if I tried the beer blind. A swing and a miss from Rogness. A solid porter this is not. It has elements of a Belgian Dark Ale, which don't suit it well at all. I wouldn't buy this again and it doesn't get me excited to try other Rogness offerings. I wouldn't recommend it to friends. Not really sure what they were going for with this one.
10-02-2013 02:40:46 | More by kojevergas
3.71/5 rDev -3.6%
Black with a short lived head and oily lace that slides down the glass. Milk chocolate aroma with a slight bit of cattiness. Medium bodied, the flavor blossoms middle to finish, where the bittersweet chocolate flavors take front stage. Medium to medium-heavy body.
06-21-2013 00:50:13 | More by LittleDon
Ost Porter from Rogness Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.