Toddy Cat Espresso Porter - Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Oliver Square
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Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
3.44/5 rDev -0.9%
Ah, coffee beers. The logic continues to elude me. Porters and stouts already taste roasted ... And like coffee. Its like deciding that because some well-crafted pilseners include "grassy" hop flavors, one might as well steep actual grass in there as well. Contrary to the American ethos of "bigger, better, faster", "more" does not always mean tasty. Nevertheless, I tried this on the basis that there must be something to the hype. Arrived in an industry pint glass, a very dark brown just grading into black, with sparkling red highlights. No foam to speak of. Smells like burnt chocolate pudding and dark roast coffee, liquid smoke, and maybe the faintest fruity note like sour apples. Palate starts massively smoky and bitter, ashy, earthy, and a tad sour in the way that many other porters are, an acidic tang. Recalls dry unsweetened baker's cacao powder, burnt coffee grounds, roasted peanut shells, hickory-smoked jerky. Not sweet in the slightest, at least to my palate. I do continue to get more of that green apple sourness in the finish, which manages to be somewhat less roasted than the beginning and end sections. Mid-range body and rather fizzy for a porter, with this latter characteristic doing little to elevate this brew in my esteem. Hmmm. Probably not the last coffee beer I will try, but damn. It would be nice to taste more than stale espresso.
03-02-2014 16:48:18 | More by CalgaryFMC
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3.69/5 rDev +6.3%
16oz glass at Beer Revolution in Edmonton Oliver.
This beer appears a clear, dark reddish brown hue, with one finger of weakly foamy, bubbly, and somewhat creamy tan head, which leaves a wash of painted lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.
It smells of roasted caramel malt, percolating, yet cold bitter coffee, chocolate wafers, a touch of acrid dark fruit, some lactic sourness, and earthy, musty hops. The taste is bitter milky coffee up front, crackery caramel malt, dark chocolate, softly sour prunes and cherries, and well understated earthy, flinty hops.
The bubbles are low-key and generally unobtrusive, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and mostly smooth, with a wee pithy clamminess. It finishes just off-dry, the coffee beans still kickin' it alongside the bready caramel malt and sour cocoa notes.
A so-so coffee porter, the espresso delivered well enough, I suppose, but the rest of the flavours seem to wane, become disjointed, and bleed together, and not in a particularly good way. Too cheap java shop for my liking.
02-14-2014 20:58:20 | More by biboergosum
Toddy Cat Espresso Porter from Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Oliver Square
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.