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Wicklow Wolf Black Perle Porter

Rating: 3.7

The penultimate beer review from my recent trip to Ireland now, this one is another bottle that I managed to pick up whilst stopping off in Donegal for the afternoon and finding it in a local off-license. The beer will be my first from the Wicklow Wolf brewery but I have spotted a couple of their beers in the past while over in Ireland and for one reason or another hadn’t ever tried one up until now. Black Perle is one of the breweries core beers, an English style porter that has been about since 2013 and actually proved to be quite an enjoyable offering, here’s what I thought of it when I tried it a couple of weeks ago in Ireland.

Wicklow Wolk Black Perle Porter

Appearance (4/5): Pitch black and opaque with a thumb-sized, foamy head that’s a light tan colour with a creamy looking texture. Retention is quite good early on with the beer losing about half its size over the opening minute or so.
Aroma (7/10): Dark roasted malts and some strong coffee notes kick things off here, there’s a little dark chocolate early on too. I managed to detect some semi-sweet notes in there as well before some nutty patches made themselves known around the middle. There was some light bitterness sitting in the background along with some grain before some subtle vanilla notes and background fruits saw things out.
Taste (7/10): Dark fruits and some roasted malts kick things off here giving the beer quite a dark, strong taste to begin with. There’s some faint sugars and grains in there with the same nuttiness around the middle that featured on the nose. I got some nice coffee flavours and roasted touches with a little smoke towards the end.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and quite dark on the palate, there’s some nice bitterness throughout and a little spice mixed in with the smoky flavours. Touches of grain some through in areas but for the most part it was quite a smooth beer with a partially creamy texture and quite soft carbonation.

Overall (14/20): Quite a nice smoked style porter with good roasted malts and coffee flavours running through it along with touches of sweetness in places. There was a nice balance and it proved to be a pleasant beer to sip away at over the course of an hour or so, a decent beer and one well worth picking up if you’re in Ireland and manage to find it.

Brewed In: Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland
Brewery: Wicklow Wolf Brewing Co.
First Brewed: 2013
Type: English Porter
Abv: 4.8%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Donegal, Ireland
Price: €3.70 (approx. £2.70)

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  1. February 2, 2017 at 10:43

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