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Graham Cracker Porter

November, 2015
Judges Rating: 
88
Aroma: 
21 / 24
Appearance: 
4 / 6
Flavor: 
37 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

The color of the beer is a medium brown, with good clarity. It poured a low off-white head, which dissipated fairly quickly. The aroma was rich with malt aromas, mostly of toasty caramel, a little nuttiness and a slight chocolate aroma. The hop aroma is very low, and comes across as earthy. The flavor is pleasantly sweet, with a nice full malt flavor. Like the aroma, I get a lot of toasty caramel, some nuttiness and low chocolate. It is in no way roasty or burnt. Hop bitterness is on the lower end of the spectrum, and I do not get any hop flavor – the malt is obviously the highlight of this beer. There is a quite a bit of malt sweetness that lingers long into the finish, which I personally found pleasant. The mouthfeel and carbonation is solid, and the beer is very creamy and pleasant. English porters tend to be fairly dry, but this one is on the sweeter side, which can be acceptable but I feel it’s a little too sweet for the style itself. It would be hard to have more than one, but the one you do have can be very enjoyable if you are looking for a malt-forward beer. When all is said and done, this is a very good beer and definitely worth sharing.

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