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Lough Erne Porter

Rating: 3.05

My second beer from the InishMacSaint microbrewery in County Fermanagh, the only brewery in the county and a beer that follows on from their Fermanagh Beer that I picked up last Christmas time and reviewed in the first half of last year. This is another beer that I picked up from a local off-license in the county having been unaware that the brewery had more than one beer until I happened across this one. The beer is labelled as a brown porter and takes its name from the north of Ireland’s second biggest lake, a lake on which the InishMacSaint monastery that the brewery takes is name from is located. I always enjoy drinking local beers when I’m away from home so this was one that I was glad to subtle upon, here’s what I thought of it when I tried it a couple of weeks ago.

Inishmacsaint Lough Erne Porter

Appearance (4/5): Pours a dark coloured copper brown with a finger sized, one and a half centimetre tall head that is light beige and foamy looking with very little movement over the opening few minutes. The surface remains completely covered by the head and there is a slight build up of lacing around the circumference of the glass with the foam looking quite thick at there points.
Aroma (7/10): Nutty on the nose initially with plenty of roasted malts and some lighter chocolate notes, a few dark fruits and a strong toasted aroma. The beer smells quite good but it could have definitely been a little more pronounced.
Taste (6/10): Initially the taste matches the nose quite well with some strong nutty flavours and plenty of roasted malts. There is some sugar and a nice bitterness that follow but I couldn’t help but think that the beer tasted a little basic and fairly ordinary. Some of the chocolate from the nose did come through towards the end with a little coffee to accompany it but it wasn’t the most interesting beer in the world sadly.
Palate (2/5): Disappointingly light bodied and quite watery with higher than expected carbonation, this one wasn’t the best on the palate but it was saved a little by how easy it was to drink. It proved to be quite a bland beer overall with some grain coming through and I definitely wasn’t impressed much by the mouthfeel.

Overall (11/20): This one was quite a disappointing second beer from InishMacSaint, a fairly basic and unexciting porter from the brewery that didn’t really have all the much going for it sadly. The taste was basic and definitely seemed bland, particularly as you worked your way down the glass. This wasn’t helped by the weak palate and the fact the beer was too thin yet overly carbonated; it was drinkable but it wasn’t great.

Brewed In: Drumskimly, Derrygonnelly, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
Brewery: Inishmacsaint Brewery
Full Name: InishMacSaint Lough Erne Brown Porter
First Brewed: 2013
Type: Porter
Abv: 4.2%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Reilly’s (Lisnaskea)
Price: £2.19

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  1. January 14, 2016 at 10:30
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