Rascal

Michigan
United States
Rascal by North Peak Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
89
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

This beer is cherry packed. Hints of roasted caramel sweetness from the malts and a slight hop bitterness blend nicely with this beer's tart cherry  profile.

Profile

ABV: 
6.5%
IBUs: 
45
Served at: 
38 - 42º
Hops: 
Fuggles, Willamette
Malts: 
Pale, Crystal 120, Wheat Malt, Chocolate Malt
Judges Review 
Lyn Howard's picture
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

North Peak Brewing Company’s Rascal Cherry Porter was judged as a BJCP category 29A Fruit Beer. This beer starts with an inviting chocolate, roasted coffee-like aroma that has hints of cherry and a slight funkiness that is accented by an earthy hop aroma. The alcohol in this 6.5% abv porter becomes more apparent as the sample warms up. The color is pretty deep brown with a reddish hue and it is slightly hazy. The head is a creamy light beige that clings all around the rim of the glass. Roasted coffee, burnt toffee and some underlying fruitiness are the first impressions when tasted. This is followed by a very earthy hop flavor and a moderate hop bitterness that fights a bit with the dark grain flavors, yet works well to mask the alcohol in the flavor. This sample was not overly cherry-forward in flavor, and the roast is what lingers on the tongue as it finishes medium-dry. There is a moderate astringency that leads to a grainy consistency on the tongue. It is a moderately carbonated, medium-bodied beer. Overall it is a tasty porter with a very subtle fruitiness. It is more roast forward than many porters and this couples well with the dry finish.