Raspberry Porter - 23rd Street Brewery
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4.03/5 rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Reviewed from notes after having on 11/11/13. Served in a standard 16 oz tumbler.
Appearance - Body is a dark, walnut brown bordering on black. Little to no light passes through the liquid and this lack of light passing through is only hindered even more by the dense one-finger head of thick, frothy tan foam that seems to have a slightly pinkish tint. As the beer sits in front of me, a smattering of bubbles enlarge and burst, leaving pockmarks across the surface of the head. Retention is excellent and leaves sticky but sparse lacing. There is enough to see faint rings around the glass as I drink it down.
Smell - Like a pretty standard American Porter, with notes of roasted malt, walnut, baker's chocolate, and yes, a hint of the tart sweetness from the raspberry component. However, make no mistake, this beer is porter first and fruit second. The raspberry serves only to provide an additional depth of character to the otherwise rich and roasty porter base. My only complaint is that it could be a little more aromatic. Seems a little subdued.
Taste - The best way I can describe the taste is as a dark chocolate truffle with raspberry, minus the sweetness that you might expect from truffle chocolate. But the way the faint tart and sweet from the raspberry plays with the more bitter roasted characteristic of the porter is fantastic. Again I get notes of bittersweet chocolate, tree bark, charred white toast and fruity sweetness. I wasn't sure what to expect when ordering, but this is about the best I can imagine a raspberry porter being. Outstanding work by the brewers at 23rd Street.
Mouthfeel - Body is on the heavy side of medium, and carbonation is on the light side of moderate. Just enough to break through the otherwise chewy brew.
Overall, a fantastic take on a style I've not seen before. As far as I'm concerned, this could be considered the prototype. Honestly, I'm surprised, given how well chocolate and raspberry play together that more brewers haven't tried something similar before. Maybe I'm just oblivious.
Serving type: on-tap
12-26-2013 22:50:00 | More by LambicPentameter
Raspberry Porter from 23rd Street Brewery
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