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Pistolero Porter

October, 2016
Judges Rating: 
20 / 24
6 / 6
35 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
16 / 20

Pours an almost clear deep mahogany brown and a large tan head of tiny bubbles - very visually appealing. The head hangs around for a while leaving a bit of Belgian lace. All kinds of things going on in the aroma here - it's bready, a bit grainy, there are black raisins and toffee with some woody and molasses character, and just a hint of pear fruity esters. The flavor is reminiscent of a milk stout - quite a bit of residual lactose sugar adding to the mouthfeel too. The first taste brings a bit of figs, some cacao nibs, a moderate earthy character, and some floral hop notes. Leather and minerally characters add complexity, but also tend to make the flavor a bit muddled with so much going on. There is just enough bittering to offset the complex malt bill. Swishing around in the mouth, the beer is smooth and creamy, full bodied, and moderately carbonated. I'd prefer less of a cream lactose character. This beer would work well with garlic dishes that have some chili pepper heat - or some Thai green curry.