Royal Porter A La Taza | Nómada Brewing Company

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Royal Porter A La TazaRoyal Porter A La Taza

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Nómada Brewing Company

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 44
Photo of chinchill
3.39/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.
Pours with a thick, dark brown body that produces a large, light brown head. Opaque. Decent lacing.
Aroma: A bit odd. Fruity with hints of sweetness. Partially hidden alcohol.
Flavor: Also a bit odd. Overly sweet up front even though it's mildly bitter by the aftertaste. Partially hidden alcohol. Dominated by raisins and other dark fruit notes, with dark roasted grains and burnt toast appearing in the finish.

O: while I didn't like this much it is worth trying.

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Photo of WildSoul8
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a dark brown, no light shines through the glass, even the edges of the glass are dark. Big light brown to tan head that remains high in the glass, about and inch and a half. The nose is sweet, bitter chocolate, some tart to sour smells are apparent. The first sip is thick and syrupy, viscous mouth feel, sweet malt, chocolate, and bitter. There is definitely a little sour bite to this beer. Tiny bubbles cover the top of my glass, slowly they break apart leaving a patchwork lacing on the glass. As this beer warms you begin to find the dark cherries, perhaps the sourness of the beer compliments this. More sweetness and chocolate notes, very malty. This beer doesn't seem to fit the Baltic Porter style at least as defined in the U.S. . It lacks any noticeable lager characteristics, and feels more like a stout than a Porter.

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Photo of LampertLand
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nomada Brewing Co ' Royal Porter A La Taza' @ 9.5% , served from a couple of 330 ml bottle's purchased for $5.50 each

A-pour is black from the bottle to glass , with a good size tan head leaving a spotty lace along the pint

S-mild smelling , not as big as Cannery's Baltic porter

T-I like that the Baltic is well hidden

MF-ok/good carbonation , definate full body , boozey aftertaste

Ov-ok/good beer

prost LampertLand

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Photo of wordemupg
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 22/1/14

A almost black right out of the bottle with just a thumbnail cola edge, even a gentle pour pumps out a massive rocky brown foam, ends up as a thick soapy film after a couple of sips leaving just a few random patches on the way down

S coffee, dark licorice, a little char, sour bruised plum, bakers chocolate, faint booze and some hard toffee

T some raisins and coffees a little stronger and some faint citric hops trying to shine through all the darkness, sweet and fruity, still has some charred wood but it come in late, a little different from the nose but equally good

M not overly thick for the color and its just on the foamy side of cream, very faint heat, some fruit and a little char linger

O I wasn't sure what to expect from a brewery I've never heard of but this on hits the spots, well concealed booze and lots of dark malt

I could drink another for sure, easy to down of 9.5%, bought this one on a whim and I have no regrets

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer from this brewery, and definitely the best beer I've had from Spain. Pours pitch black with a tan head that leaves some decent lacing. Lots of dry licorice in the aroma and taste. Not sweet at all, and a bit dusty like nice European licorice often is. This beer reminds me of a strong American Porter or stout more than a Baltic Porter. It lacks the sweetness and vinous quality those often have. That being said, this is very tasty, and I like the fact that it is dry and a bit chewy. It'a all about the licorice- but for me, I like that flavor profile. Nice.

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Photo of Jetulio
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle poured into a Pint glass
Appearance... black beer with head colour mocha of 2 fingers
Aroma... liquorices, roasted malt and coffee. Raisins.
Taste... alcoholic mixed with strong malty presence, sour touch appears soon lasting all the time,
Mouthfeel... medium body and medium carbonation. In my opinion it could be a better ale with less carbonation.
Overall... a very nice porter, mission accomplished from a Spanish brewery (the best one by miles, said for a Spaniard).

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Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color with a rather modest head that leaves quite a lot of squiggly lacing behind

Smell: Chocolate and coffee tones galore, with a bit of acrid roastiness

Taste: Sweet chocolate with a lactose heavy aspect, up front; by mid-palate, roasty coffee tones build, along with a dark fruit, prune character; caramel arrives on the tail end to add additional sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with effervescent carbonation; has a Belgian stout mouthfeel

Overall: It's hard to think of this as a Baltic Porter but it is a style crosser, providing a touch of Milk Stout, a bit of Robust Porter and Belgian Stout aspects; I brought my bottle back from Spain only to discover that it is available in my home town - who knew?

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Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Sort of Mikkeller-esque stylings for this nascent Spanish brewer. Must be some sort of Euro sensibility.

This beer pours a very dark russet brown hue, with mildly pervasive cola highlights, and three ambitious fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, specked mocha head, which leaves some decent sudsy chain link lace around the glass as things duly subside.

It smells of sharply bitter coffee beans, medium dark cocoa, gritty, grainy pale and roasted caramel malt, some weird black teabag earthiness, a softly sour lactic sweetness, and tame leafy, weedy hops. The taste is much more sweet up front - baker's chocolate and well-sugared cafe-au-lait - joined soon enough by black licorice, toasted caramel malt, sopped brown bread, a port-like raisin fruitiness, a blended milk/aged fruit sourness, faint earthy hops, and an increasingly isolated, but still restrained, metallic booziness.

The bubbles are rather active in the show, but manifest much more weakly on the tongue, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, mostly smooth (given the purported ABV), and actually quite creamy. It finishes well off-dry - bittersweet chocolate and milk-doused coffee still maintaining a hold over any and all, and that includes the lingering anise, hop, and even alcohol essences.

A well-rendered coffee-flavoured Baltic Porter, as the milky nature provides the requisite sourness, and sticks around further to kick in some milk stout attributes as well. Now about that near 10 percent ABV - it's damned-near imperceptible - so, ole for that!

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fairly opaque dark brown with the faintest of garnet highlights at the edges and a huge fluffy tan head that takes forever to recede. Aromas of dark bitter chocolate, roasted coffee, hints of licorice, a touch of dark pitted fruit, tobacco, and brown sugar. Light bit of earthy hop aroma is faint but there. The flavor is roasted creamed coffee, with hints of caramel and dark chocolate. A light vanilla sweetness creeps in midway with a slight touch of cardboard and a warming alcohol presence. Lingering roasted grain and earthy hop flavor and bitterness linger long after each sip. Medium to thick body with a creamy velvety smooth mouthfeel and a light level of carbonation. Feels like a milk stout at times, only bigger. The roast is strong in this one and I would have liked a hint more fruity character. Still this is a very nice beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass. A fine two finger light brown head with great retention and massive lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, faint caramel malt, coffee and chocolate. Flavor of nicely melded toasted malt, chocolate, light charred coffee, dark dried fruit. Sweet at first, finishing drier with more toasted malt, mild hops and coffee in the finish. Faint cookie esters in the aftertaste are a nice afterthough. A slight fruity sourness moves this into Baltic porter territory. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. A very nice, almost understated porter that really has more going on than it appears at first because the flavors are well integrated. Pleasant to drink and nice lingering after flavors to favor. I like this a lot.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing artful label art and unbranded pry-off cap acquired at a local beer store and served into a flared stem-snifter/tulip hybrid glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current ratings. Imported by Twelve Percent LLC. Lot number: 12/03/2015. 9.5% ABV confirmed. Reviewed as porter because it identifies as one; nowhere on the label does it identify as a baltic porter specifically.

Served cold, straight from me fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger wide head of nice healthy khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Great retention - about 7+ minutes. Even lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is an opaque jet black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Looks quite good for a porter overall. I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Lovely coffee, though it has some noticeable grainy bitterness. No hop character, yeast, or alcohol is detectable. Dark malts. Chocolate malt. Cocoa. A pleasant aroma of moderate strength.

T: Coffee - not particularly evocative. Coffee-derived grainy bitterness with a light acridity. Dark malts. Chocolate malt. Cocoa dust. Buried roasted barley; it could use more but I'm glad it's present. Caramel. Hints of berry and cream. A pretty balanced profile for a porter, but it could definitely use more complexity and subtlety. I do like it, but there's room for improvement.

No off-flavours, alcohol, yeast, or hop character comes through.

Mf: Thin and dusty/powdery. Smooth and wet. Lacks a full rewarding body. Decent presence on the palate, if surprisingly light. Good carbonation. Complements the flavour profile in a general sense, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. Somewhat weak. Sticky.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. It's definitely a solid porter with good coffee character; I'd get it again - just not at this price. I'd snatch this stuff up if it came in a 6 pack for like $11.00. It'll scratch your porter itch, but it leaves something to be desired in terms of complexity and subtlety. The coffee is interesting, just not that evocative or diverse. I'd like to revisit this one on-draught.

High B-

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Pours up a massive amount of head that tries to rush out of the glass. It also looks as if this has pretty good retention so it might be a while before I get to actually taste it. The head is medium beige while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate black. Some lacing is left behind.

Nose- Good presence but not much complexity at the moment. Nice roasted malt notes with some chocolate. Some sour notes from the glass but much more rich chocolate notes from the bottle. Not much else when I swirl the glass except for a slight grassiness.

Taste- Strong roasted notes edged with a sour quality. Some heat appears and rides a slightly bitter finish. At first, the slight heat was a nice addition to the flavor profile but it becomes a little harsh. The roasted malts are definitely dominant with some chocolate, raisins, and cherries in the background. Normally, all of these flavors would be a nice base for a solid porter but the alcohol really messes up the integration causing some of the malt notes to have burlap and cardboard characteristics at the edges. I've had a few porters in the past month and this just doesn't seem to be in the same league. It does not help that the sweet aspects of the malt seem to be both cloying and understated. The alcohol does mellow somewhat.

Mouthfeel- Medium to heavy bodied with some syrup in the texture. Way too much carbonation for this beer style.

Drinkability- The heat has diminished quite a bit but the messiness of the flavor profile has not. Also, at 8 bucks a bottle, this beer is really not worth it.

Overall- Above average beer that is way too expensive. If the price doesn't bother you, go ahead and try it. If you balked at the price, just walk away. You aren't missing much at all.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear but opaque extremely dark cola brown, approaching jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle carbonation at the surface of the beer and some dark ruby red highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that slowly reduce to a large patch of thick film surrounded by a thin film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of chocolate malts with some lighter hints of roasted malts.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of chocolate malts and roasted malts with some lighter notes of roasted coffee beans and just a hint of caramel. Light amounts of lingering bitterness in the finish (like from bitter chocolate).

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Seems to feel even more thick and creamy as the beer warms up.

O: This beer is relatively complex in flavor and that complexity increases as the beer warms up - I found this aspect combined with the well hidden alcohol makes this beer one that I would gladly have again. A wonderful sipping beer that can be enjoyed slowly.

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Photo of popery
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with a brown head of fine foam. A nice warm blanket of bubbles sticks around for quite some time. There’s a little bit of lacing. Very nice looking imperial porter. The aroma is a mix of caramel, chocolate, coffee and roast. It smells a lot sweeter than it tastes. It also seems simpler in the aroma. There’s a big doughy malt and caramel sweetness to the aroma that I barely find when the beer hits my tongue. The taste is actually pretty bitter. It’s primarily made up of roast and coffee flavors. There’s some dark chocolate, as well. Caramel is pushed to the back, though. It’s a big beer, and there’s definitely some sweetness to it, but overall, this is relatively dry for a strong porter. Mouthfeel is creamy and a bit lighter than expected. It’s still a nice, thick beer, but it’s much less overbearing than most porters/stouts around this abv. It’s a smooth mouthful of roasted malt. It’s a very well made beer, and I appreciate the thought and craftsmanship, but it’s not quite what I want in the style. It’s almost a touch too refined. That said, this is still a very good beer that particularly shines in the taste department.

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Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color—when held up to a bright light dark reddish hues are visible near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a two finger high tan colored head that took a very long time to die down, consistently leaving a finger high head covering the surface and a thick coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of chocolate malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste very much follows the smell and also has some notes of coffee beans and hints of roasted malts; chocolaty flavors linger through the finish. The flavors become more complex as the beer warms up. A slight amount of bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Once the beer warms up, the mouthfeel seems to be a little heavier.
O: This beer is extremely well drinkable because any traces of alcohol are well hidden from the taste.

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Royal Porter A La Taza from Nómada Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 44 ratings.
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