4 Pines Chocolate Seaweed Porter | 4 Pines Brewing Company

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4 Pines Brewing Company

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by lacqueredmouse on 02-12-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark chocolatey colour, beige head, with nice specks of lace left behind. Trickle of bead. Decent-looking porter.

Smells a little odd; maybe salty characters floating over a meek chocolate porter aroma. Sweet carob character as well. Not bad.

Taste is quite interesting. Sweet but savoury in equal measure. Some vinous notes, pepperberry, clove and salt. Mild roastiness on the back ties it all in well, but there's really nothing very emphatic here and it could easily be mistaken for any other porter.

A bit thin on the mouthfeel really, a hint of texture but feels a tad empty.

A bit on the weird side. Some decent enough notes but never quite seems sure of what it's doing.

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2.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Finally wrapping up my notes from Sydney's Craft Beer Week: this was part of 4 Pines Keller Door series on the theme of the week "Beer Mimics Food". Their Chocolate Seaweed Porter was brewed in collaboration with Three Blue Ducks. Tried on-tap at the brewery's bar in Manly.

Pours a deep reddish-brown, relatively free of haze. Body is surprisingly light, with a beige topping of fine head. Spidery lace forms as well. Overall, it looks pretty decent.

The aroma is the first hint that this is perhaps an experiment too far. The initial aroma is weird enough, with its briny seaweed character conjuring up cooked veggie stank, and funky leaf-mold earthiness. Then comes the chocolate in one of the biggest WTF moments of my beer drinking experience. Urgh: it adds this really banal sweetness that just accentuates how out-of-whack the other aromas are. It's weird, and experimental, but also pretty unsuccessful.

Taste is marginally better, only by virtue of the fact that it's not as big. Some more seaweed characters on the front, mixing their briny fingers in and around a sweet orange peel character that makes it taste like drinking off juice. There's pleasantly, some more roast towards the middle and back to clear it out, but with little purpose; the back feels weak and empty.

Feel is extremely light, if it weren't for the fact that the flavours were vaguely offensive, the feel might be its worst aspect.

This was easily the least successful of 4 Pines SCBW series. This was clearly an experiment, but even knowing that, I have to ask the question "why was it even an experiment in the first place". Knowing how this beer ended up, I can't imagine how it would be really much different. Chocolate and seaweed is a very difficult match, and it makes for a difficult beer.

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4 Pines Chocolate Seaweed Porter from 4 Pines Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.89 out of 5 with 2 ratings