James Squire Porter - Malt Shovel Brewery
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Reviews by willjansen:
3.73/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5
I'd like to say that I think this is a good beer, but I'm still trying to nail down what "appropriate for the style" actually means for porters since it seem to be a broadly interpreted style. That being said:
Appearance: Very dark, but a few shades down the scale from black - more of an opaque reddish-brown (the description on the bottle says ruby-mahogony, and I think that sums it up well)
Smell: Nothing punches you in the face, rather you have to search a little... dry chocolate, toastiness, hints of coffee, but overall fairly subtle.
Taste: The word to use again is "subtle", most flavors are inoffensive, but the chocolate characterstics of the roasted malts are definitely present and stand out the most. Very lightly hopped - just enough to balance the light malty flavors - finish with a distinctly dry chocolate taste and slight aftertaste of coffee.
Mouthfeel: Watery is the first word that comes to mind, but creamy is another - so if you want a nice roasted grain beer and a stout seems to heavy, this will work well.
Drinkability: Very easy to drink, definitely could make my way through a few without needing a change. This is a great beer to help a novice take a step towards stout-appreciation.
I think it's a great beer from James Squire - would love to see their take on a stout some time. A great take on this beer is their seasonal rum rebellion porter - it introduces a more exciting element to the beer to add to all of the "subtle" descriptions above. I may be a bit harsh on the mouthfeel score, but I may re-adjust when I find out just what consistency a porter should have.
Serving type: bottle
02-04-2007 10:08:15 | More by willjansen
More User Reviews:
3.73/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
On tap at the Portland Brewhouse.
A: Served a mahogany color with a good tan head that fades slowly to nice lacing.
S: Aroma of roasted malt, some chocolate with a bit of coffee and a trace.
T: Tatse of roasted malt, dark chocolate with a bit of coffee. Nice bitterness and a dry finish.
F: Medium body, smooth and quite creamy. Nice balance.
O: Very drinkable beer. Nice take on the style.
Serving type: on-tap
08-13-2012 10:29:22 | More by soju6
James Squire Porter from Malt Shovel Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.