Fo-Porter | Black Lotus Brewery

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Black Lotus Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by TheBrewo on 05-29-2013

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 1
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4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This brew was served on tap at Black Lotus Brewery in Clawson, Michigan. It arrived in a generic pint glass, showing a shimmering milk chocolate brown coloring. It held a one finger head of earth colored bubbles, showing okay retention. Thick sheets of lacing were left around the glass as it dissipated. A cheesecloth film was left across the top of the liquid. Haze was thick, and the body appeared to be the consistency of a slushy, but it wasn’t overly cold or frozen. A sludgy sediment was noted, coating the bottom of the glass like a paste. Carbonation appeared to be active. The aroma gave soured and chalky chocolate malts and roasty coffee grain for a base, with bittered yeast, vanilla frosting sweetness, and Tootsie Roll toffees. With warmth it smelled identical to iced coffee, but with the faintest pilsner malt bitterness, straw, rawhide, and lemon juiciness. Our first impression was that the flavoring was nicely tasty, with more of a push towards the sweeter, more syrupy side of the balance. As we sipped, the taste opened with juicy chocolate malt roast and citric hop to balance, with Fruity Pebble cereal grain sweetness, dark cherry skin fruitiness, malted milk balls, milk chocolates, and sweet molasses. The peak came with cinnamon and white sugar, black pepper, sweaty brown malts, floral perfume airs, and crisp wheat bread toastiness. Washing through the finish was bit raw honey sweetness, chalky chocolate malts, big roast of your standard barleys, straight coffee acidity, butterscotch sweetness, and more booziness as it warmed throughout. The aftertaste breathed of sweaty saltiness, chocolate truffle bittersweetness, dirty earthiness, gritty mineral, graphite, and heavily bittered lemon rind. The body was medium, and the carbonation was higher end. Each sip gave decent slurp, smack, and pop, with okay froth and cream. The froth actually afforded an initially thick coating that gave way to sticky astringency all around the mouth. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank nicely.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its solid flavoring. Each sip maintained earthy bitterness for depth, piercing through that great coffee base of soured acidity and dark roastiness. The aroma was a bit light and lacking in comparison, and while the feel was bubbly, it lacked softness, taking away from the ultimate creaminess of the experience. Regardless, this was a great house porter that sits a bit more towards the sweeter side of the style, much like Founders porter, but its ease will keep you drinking happily all night long.

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