Royal Porter A La Taza - Nómada Brewing Company

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86
very good

39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Spain

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: metter98 on 07-15-2013)
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330ml bottle. Sort of Mikkeller-esque stylings for this nascent Spanish brewer. Must be some sort of Euro sensibility.

This beer pours a very dark russet brown hue, with mildly pervasive cola highlights, and three ambitious fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, specked mocha head, which leaves some decent sudsy chain link lace around the glass as things duly subside.

It smells of sharply bitter coffee beans, medium dark cocoa, gritty, grainy pale and roasted caramel malt, some weird black teabag earthiness, a softly sour lactic sweetness, and tame leafy, weedy hops. The taste is much more sweet up front - baker's chocolate and well-sugared cafe-au-lait - joined soon enough by black licorice, toasted caramel malt, sopped brown bread, a port-like raisin fruitiness, a blended milk/aged fruit sourness, faint earthy hops, and an increasingly isolated, but still restrained, metallic booziness.

The bubbles are rather active in the show, but manifest much more weakly on the tongue, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, mostly smooth (given the purported ABV), and actually quite creamy. It finishes well off-dry - bittersweet chocolate and milk-doused coffee still maintaining a hold over any and all, and that includes the lingering anise, hop, and even alcohol essences.

A well-rendered coffee-flavoured Baltic Porter, as the milky nature provides the requisite sourness, and sticks around further to kick in some milk stout attributes as well. Now about that near 10 percent ABV - it's damned-near imperceptible - so, ole for that!

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Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass. A fine two finger light brown head with great retention and massive lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, faint caramel malt, coffee and chocolate. Flavor of nicely melded toasted malt, chocolate, light charred coffee, dark dried fruit. Sweet at first, finishing drier with more toasted malt, mild hops and coffee in the finish. Faint cookie esters in the aftertaste are a nice afterthough. A slight fruity sourness moves this into Baltic porter territory. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. A very nice, almost understated porter that really has more going on than it appears at first because the flavors are well integrated. Pleasant to drink and nice lingering after flavors to favor. I like this a lot.

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A: The beer is nearly jet black in color—when held up to a bright light dark reddish hues are visible near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a two finger high tan colored head that took a very long time to die down, consistently leaving a finger high head covering the surface and a thick coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of chocolate malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste very much follows the smell and also has some notes of coffee beans and hints of roasted malts; chocolaty flavors linger through the finish. The flavors become more complex as the beer warms up. A slight amount of bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Once the beer warms up, the mouthfeel seems to be a little heavier.
O: This beer is extremely well drinkable because any traces of alcohol are well hidden from the taste.

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A-pour is black from the bottle to glass , with a good size tan head leaving a spotty lace along the pint

S-mild smelling , not as big as Cannery's Baltic porter

T-I like that the Baltic is well hidden

MF-ok/good carbonation , definate full body , boozey aftertaste

Ov-ok/good beer

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A: Pours a clear but opaque extremely dark cola brown, approaching jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle carbonation at the surface of the beer and some dark ruby red highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that slowly reduce to a large patch of thick film surrounded by a thin film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of chocolate malts with some lighter hints of roasted malts.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of chocolate malts and roasted malts with some lighter notes of roasted coffee beans and just a hint of caramel. Light amounts of lingering bitterness in the finish (like from bitter chocolate).

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Seems to feel even more thick and creamy as the beer warms up.

O: This beer is relatively complex in flavor and that complexity increases as the beer warms up - I found this aspect combined with the well hidden alcohol makes this beer one that I would gladly have again. A wonderful sipping beer that can be enjoyed slowly.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing artful label art and unbranded pry-off cap acquired at a local beer store and served into a flared stem-snifter/tulip hybrid glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current ratings. Imported by Twelve Percent LLC. Lot number: 12/03/2015. 9.5% ABV confirmed. Reviewed as porter because it identifies as one; nowhere on the label does it identify as a baltic porter specifically.

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: Pours a four finger wide head of nice healthy khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Great retention - about 7+ minutes. Even lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is an opaque jet black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Looks quite good for a porter overall. I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Lovely coffee, though it has some noticeable grainy bitterness. No hop character, yeast, or alcohol is detectable. Dark malts. Chocolate malt. Cocoa. A pleasant aroma of moderate strength.

T: Coffee - not particularly evocative. Coffee-derived grainy bitterness with a light acridity. Dark malts. Chocolate malt. Cocoa dust. Buried roasted barley; it could use more but I'm glad it's present. Caramel. Hints of berry and cream. A pretty balanced profile for a porter, but it could definitely use more complexity and subtlety. I do like it, but there's room for improvement.

No off-flavours, alcohol, yeast, or hop character comes through.

Mf: Thin and dusty/powdery. Smooth and wet. Lacks a full rewarding body. Decent presence on the palate, if surprisingly light. Good carbonation. Complements the flavour profile in a general sense, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. Somewhat weak. Sticky.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. It's definitely a solid porter with good coffee character; I'd get it again - just not at this price. I'd snatch this stuff up if it came in a 6 pack for like $11.00. It'll scratch your porter itch, but it leaves something to be desired in terms of complexity and subtlety. The coffee is interesting, just not that evocative or diverse. I'd like to revisit this one on-draught.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Pours up a massive amount of head that tries to rush out of the glass. It also looks as if this has pretty good retention so it might be a while before I get to actually taste it. The head is medium beige while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate black. Some lacing is left behind.

Nose- Good presence but not much complexity at the moment. Nice roasted malt notes with some chocolate. Some sour notes from the glass but much more rich chocolate notes from the bottle. Not much else when I swirl the glass except for a slight grassiness.

Taste- Strong roasted notes edged with a sour quality. Some heat appears and rides a slightly bitter finish. At first, the slight heat was a nice addition to the flavor profile but it becomes a little harsh. The roasted malts are definitely dominant with some chocolate, raisins, and cherries in the background. Normally, all of these flavors would be a nice base for a solid porter but the alcohol really messes up the integration causing some of the malt notes to have burlap and cardboard characteristics at the edges. I've had a few porters in the past month and this just doesn't seem to be in the same league. It does not help that the sweet aspects of the malt seem to be both cloying and understated. The alcohol does mellow somewhat.

Mouthfeel- Medium to heavy bodied with some syrup in the texture. Way too much carbonation for this beer style.

Drinkability- The heat has diminished quite a bit but the messiness of the flavor profile has not. Also, at 8 bucks a bottle, this beer is really not worth it.

Overall- Above average beer that is way too expensive. If the price doesn't bother you, go ahead and try it. If you balked at the price, just walk away. You aren't missing much at all.

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Royal Porter A La Taza from Nómada Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.