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Fitzbräu El Gran Jefe Porter

Rating: 3.75

Another review of one of my homebrew offerings now, this one being the third such offering that I’ll have reviewed here and one that follows on from the bottles of 1 Hop and Wishaw Local #1 that I reviewed here way back in 2014; it’s been a bit of a wait between beers. This one is the first non-IPA that I’ve attempted to make and should fall under the American porter style since it’s a well-hopped chocolate porter. The name translates as ‘The Big Chief’ from Spanish it is one that I wanted to brew for a while but never seemed to find the time. It always seems strange rating my own beers but hopefully it won’t be such a long wait before the next one since I already have an imperial stout bottles that should be ready in a couple of months.

el-gran-jefe-porter

Appearance (4/5): Really dark and opaque brown in colour, it’s almost murky looking and is topped with a large, foamy head that is beige and dome-shaped. Head retention is pretty good with plenty of lacing left on the side of the glass too and it had the odd bit of sediment in the body too, although not an excessive amount thankfully.
Aroma (7/10): Roasted malts and some subtle hops kick things off here, there was some touches of chocolate that were followed by some grassy aromas and a little citrus. It was semi-sweet but wasn’t an overly strong beer on the nose, at the same time there wasn’t any off-notes and it seemed quite nice thankfully.
Taste (7/10): Darker malts and some roasted flavours open things with some chocolate in the early going too. There was a subtle hop bitterness with touches of citrus and grassy hops before some sweetness and hints of toffee came through right at the end.
Palate (4/5):
Medium bodied and quite smooth but perhaps just a touch lighter than I’d hoped for when brewing this one; it wasn’t a thin beer though and did manage to seem like a porter. There was hints of sweetness throughout, especially thanks to the chocolate but as well from the toffee at the end, with the beer also seeming relatively fresh and balanced.

Overall (15/20): This one was quite an enjoyable beer that managed to open up with some pleasant chocolate malts and some hints of roasted malts too, there was a general earthy feel to it at times with some hints of sweetness too. I enjoyed the subtle touches of hop that managed to come through and perhaps I’d consider adding a few more if I ever brew this beer again. It was a touch lighter than I’d have hoped for but it didn’t affect the beer too much since it proved quite easy to drink and is probably one of my better efforts thus far, maybe only the Wishaw Local #1 rating higher.

Brewed In: Wishaw, Lanarkshire Scotland
Brewery: Fitzbräu
First Brewed: 2016
Type: American Porter
Abv: 5.25%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Homebrew
Price: N/A

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