Banded Oak Porter

Colorado
United States
Banded Oak Porter, Banded Oak Brewing
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
89
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Banded Oak’s classic American robust porter is light bodied with a moderate hop presence to preserve balance. The vibrant bittersweet chocolates notes are the stars of the show and shine through the big malt aroma. The beer lends itself to a slightly creamy mouthfeel, while caramel, chocolate and roasted barley create an opaque look. Other prominent notes for this 5.2-percent ABV porter include slightly burnt bread and biscuits.

Profile

ABV: 
5.2%
IBUs: 
32
Served at: 
45 - 50º
Hops: 
CTZ, English Kent Goldings
Malts: 
Two-Row, Brown, Carafa Ii, Roasted Barley, Crystal, Special B
Judges Review 
Michael Bury's picture
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Banded Oak Porter by Banded Oak Brewing is being evaluated as a American Porter (2015 BJCP Category 20A). It poured a luscious, dark brown color with deep garnet highlights underneath a persistent, tan head.

The roast-forward nose features strong earthy coffee and bittersweet chocolate alongside moderate biscuit and hints of caramel. The faint earthy hops help to reinforce the roasted malt. No fruity esters were perceived.

The flavor follows closely to the aroma with upfront coffee, chocolate, biscuit, and toffee with supportive moderate bitterness. The clean fermentation coupled with the dry finish allows the drinker to easily go back for another sip. Quite quaffable. However, the quite forward roasted malt is slightly too tannic.

Overall, this American porter is a solid offering. If you’re looking for intensely roasted beers without the alcohol or sweetness that can result from certain imperial stouts then this beer is the right one for you.