Thursday, October 13, 2011

Ithaca Gorges Smoked Porter

This is the second beer from Ithaca Beer Co. that I have featured on For The Love Of Beer. The brewery located in Ithaca, NY produces a wide range of great beers and I've enjoyed all of those that I've been lucky enough to sample.

Stats for Gorges Smoked Porter are as follows:
ABV: 7.5%
Malt: Pale, Smoked, Dark Munich, White Wheat, Chocolate Wheat, Roasted Barley, Kiln Coffee. Hops: Northern Brewer

Pours into my snifter a deep dark brown bordering on black with a half inch of bubbling khaki foam atop the brew. Very little light escaping this one! Aroma is a bold mix of roasted dark malts alongside smoky, meaty, campfire-esque tones. Touch of chocolate and char but the smoke prevails.

First sip brings semi-sweet dark roasted malts upfront with notes of dark chocolate and dried fruit. Smoke billows in with a vengence of meaty, burnt wood and char flavors. Flows down with a kiss of bitterness and pervading maltiness. Smoked flavors linger on well after each sip.....

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with great carbonation, almost silky and really easy to drink. Solid body, this is just a great smoked porter if you're a fan of the style. Another winner from Ithaca, glad I was able to try it!

This one earns a rating of Great from me, lovely brew!

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