Monday, June 09, 2008

New Glarus Smoke on the Porter

I'm getting back to my blog after too long of a hiatus and I'm ready to share more good beers with everyone out there! This one comes from one of my favorite Wisconsin breweries, New Glarus. Their beers are always a treat. For anyone out there, it's well worth a trip to Wisconsin just to be able to pick up some New Glarus and Tyranena brews for sure. Now onto the review:

Pours into my glass an extremely deep, dark brown that edges towards black with a inch of creamy, bubbly light tan head atop the brew. Thick patchy lacing all the way down the glass. Aromas start off with big, slightly roasted dark malts immediately swept up by a strong smoke aroma, akin to a wood smoke campfire! Visions of yummy smoked meats come to mind. Touches of chocolate and a bit of coffee lurk underneath, but the woody smoke aroma lingers on.

First sip brings a nice dark roasted malty body upfront that quickly moves into dense smoky territory. Again, wood smoke comes to mind along with smoked meats. Notes of chocolate and coffee with a mellow fruity aspect move through as the brew goes down. It finishes off with a touch of bitterness and lingering smoky aftertaste. Good stuff!

Mouthfeel is solidly medium bodied with a smooth creaminess all the way down. I found this brew really enjoyable to drink and actually quite refreshing as well. Overall, a solid, tasty smoked porter from New Glarus. I enjoy the smoked beers and this one definitely ranks up there. Would like to see more brewers take a stab at the style.

Overall I gave this one a rating of Great. Just a tasty brew all around.

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