NocturnAle | Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom

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Brewed by:
Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
Alberta, Canada

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dark as night, NocturnAle has a smooth, creamy mouthfeel with a roasty malt flavour combined with the richness of dark chocoate and a hint of toasted coconut.

Added by biboergosum on 12-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of tonyf55
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap in limited amounts at Wild rose taproom/brewery. Served in a tall shaker.

VIsual (3.5): Midnight black all the way through with a thick looking body. A sandy tan head settles nicely on top, about half a finger thick, but disappears a little too quickly. Unremarkable, but true. The lacing is top notch, spider-webbing across the inside of the glass

Aroma (3.5): Roasted malt sweetness gives way to scents of cookie and dark chocolate. The description reads "toasted coconut" but its tough to find any coconut under the boisterious sweet malt domination

Taste (4): A real evident roasted maltiness, much like their Cherry Porter, but without the something extra. The chocolate malt flavours really dominate with over-riding sweetness to the flavour that lasts after the swallow. Coconut flavour does poke through, ever so subtly, and enhance the malt sweetness towards the end of the taste. It is a little to underpronounced to be a major contributor to the malt flavour profile.

Mouthfeel (2.5): This beer attacks the tounge on initial contact. Although professed as creamy, a real active carbonation bubble on the pallet leaves a lasting tingle after the swallow. Slightly odd for the style, as smooth creaminess would have gone a long way to enhancing the overall medium body. Maybe a consequence of the cold tap serving temp.

Overall (3.5): The roasted chocolate maltiness is close to Wild rose's famous Cherry Porter. The difference lies in the intensity of the flavour and mouthfeel. The lack of real distinct flavours outside the chocolate malt makes it fall a little short of its Porter counterpart. The chocolate flavour could have really popped with a smoother, creamier mouthfeel. An interesting one-off (brewed for the shortest day-light day of the year - Dec 21st), but too close to the much beloved Cherry Porter.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wild Rose current seasonal. A pint at Beer Revolution.

This beer pours a very dark, very black-adjacent brown, with reddish highlights, and two fingers of creamy beige head, which leaves some decent slinking, painted lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of roasted caramel malt, a sturdy nuttiness, and pleasant leafy hops. The taste is more nutty, somewhat sweet malt, bitter chocolate, mild vanilla, and well-balanced earthy, leafy hops. The carbonation is average, with a zing here and there, the body a stolid medium weight, and airily smooth. It finishes quite clean, the latent toasted cocoa malt playing nice with leafy remnant hops.

Very resplendant in WR house character (a good thing, in case anyone was wondering), and nicely balanced. Not exactly making me sleepy, at least not yet...

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NocturnAle from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
3.74 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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