Posts Tagged ‘porter’

Omnipollo/Buxton Original Texas Pecan Ice Cream

Rating: 4.3

My first ever beer from Omnipollo, this one is a collaborative effort from them and England based Buxton Brewery and will be my eighth Swedish beer in total, following quickly on from the can of Backyard Brew Bee 17 that I reviewed here recently. This one is a 10% imperial porter that I picked up online back in April and like the Buxton/Stillwater Subliminal that came before it, this one is another that I had been saving for around Christmas time in the hope that it would make an excellent winter beer but never got around to trying until now. The beer is one that I’m really looking forward to after reading some online reviews, it currently sits as the 39th best imperial porter on RateBeer and part of the Omnipollo/Buxton Original Ice Cream Series that took off in 2014, this was one of several collaborative offering between the two brewery’s that Brewdog were selling earlier in the year, I opted for this one as it seemed to be the most highly rated of the selection available when I was placing my order so hopefully I won’t be disappointed. It should be noted that the beer is in fact brewed in Buxton’s facilities but I’ll still listed it primarily as a Swedish beer by Omnipollo here as I believe they were the main brewers or that it was brewed in Sweden first.

Appearance (4/5): Jet black and thick looking, the beer has an oily texture and is opaque bodied with a thin, foamy head that’s a tan brown colour but mainly sits around the sits with a few tiny touches near the centre too.
Aroma (8/10): Opening with a nice sweetness that has a lot of dark chocolate and cocoa coming through alongside touches of pecan and a solid vanilla aroma that adds to the sweetness as well. There’s something resembling a milky aroma that has you thinking of ice cream given the name, with touches of fudge and caramel with faint alcohol nearer the end too. Towards the end there was some roasted notes but it was definitely the sweetness and nutty notes that dominated with this one.
Taste (9/10): Sweet with some solid chocolate and pecan flavours with some nutty touches in the back, the beer was strong with a little alcohol grain showing. The beer had a lot of vanilla and some lactose too before the odd roasted malt sees things out; very nice stuff.
Palate (5/5): Surprisingly lively and well-carbonated for such a strong beer, there was some alcohol showing towards the middle but it didn’t quite seem like a 10% abv. offering thanks to the sweetness helping out with the balance. It’s a nice one to drink because it was so smooth and clean, going down easily with quite a full body that seemed thick, particularly at the end.

Overall (16/20): It’s been a while since my last imperial porter but I remember it delivering quite a few good beers and this one is no exception, the beer opened with a lot of sweetness from the chocolate, vanilla and some pecan before a little alcohol grain came through and gave it a thick, warming and boozy feel. It was a balanced offering that was still drinkable with some milky flavours and some roasted malts at the end. Very nice stuff from the brewery and one that I enjoyed without it truly blowing me away; I would definitely be happy to have it again but given the limited availability and the price that might not happen so I’m glad I tried it once and will look at a few others in the series going forward.

Brewed In: Stockholm, Sweden
Brewery: Omnipollo/Buxton Brewery (collaboration)
Type: Imperial Porter
First Brewed: 2016
ABV: 10.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Price: £5.60


Kinnegar White Rabbit

July 4, 2018 2 comments

Rating: 3.25

The first of four beers from Donegal based Kinnegar Brewing now, this one is a beer that I managed pick up on a visit to Donegal Town were I stopped off an a bottle shop I visited a couple of years ago as well; this time grabbing the only four beers from the brewery I hadn’t already tried. The beer itself is labelled as a ‘White Session IPA’ but it’s basically a wheat ale when you drink it so I’m not sure how the brewery came up with the IPA part. The beer will be sixth from Kinnegar and my first since thoroughly enjoying a bottle of their Rustbucket beer back in the summer of 2015, also when visiting Ireland and again another beer I picked up in Donegal Town on my last visit there.

Appearance (4/5): Quite a clear but very fizzy looking beer, this one is a pale golden colour and it’s topped with a foamy white head that starts about two or three inches tall with a sloped surface and quite a thick texture to it. Head retention is much better than I’d have expected with no subsidence in the opening few minutes and still a tonne of bubbles rising to the surface too.
Aroma (6/10): Fresh and floral with lemon notes dominating in the early going followed by some grassy hops and a further touch of citrus. The beer is lively with some background fruity esters and subtle wheat. It’s not all that complex a beer with very little beyond the initial lemon and grassy notes showing for the most parts but there was some light bitterness at the end too.
Taste (6/10): Zesty with some nice citrus and lemon initially followed by background wheat and a few floral flavours; there’s some faint spice here too. Around the middle some wheat, light biscuit and the odd earthy hop starts to show but again it’s basic with some orange and pine seeing things out alongside a soft bitterness.
Palate (3/5): Light-medium bodied and quite fresh, the beer is tangy with a crisp and sharp feel as well as lively carbonation. It’s not overly complex but remains easy to drink without really exciting at anypoint; a basic beer in truth.

Overall (13/20): Not the best from Kinnegar, the beer was quite fresh and floral with a lot of lemon and citrus opening alongside some background fruits and wheat but it was definitely missing something and seemed a little bland at points. It was crisp and well-carbonated with a crisp, sharp feel but it didn’t grab my attention at any point and I can’t imagine it will prove memorable either. There was a light bitterness seeing things out with some pine and grapefruit too but it’s definitely nothing special sadly and it’ll likely be a one-off trying this one for me.

Brewed In: Rathmullan, County Donegal, Ireland
Brewery: Kinnegar Brewing
First Brewed: 2013
Full Name: Kinnegar White Rabbit Session IPA
Type: Wheat Ale
Abv: 4.5%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Pauls Off License (Donegal)
Price: €3.25 (approx. £2.85)

Porterhouse Plain Porter

March 26, 2018 Leave a comment

Rating: 3.7

This one is a new Irish beer that was in a recent Beer52 delivery, this one coming from the Porterhouse brewery as my fifth beer from them in total. Following on from their Red Ale that I tried at their Covent Garden pub in London back in June of 2015. This particular offering is labelled as a porter but is probably closer to an Irish dry stout in style, following on from their Wrasslers XXXX Stout and Oyster Stout offerings as the third dark beer from the brewery that I’ll have reviewed here. Despite the relative size of this brewery and the fact that they have locations in England and the United States, it’s surprising that I’ve not tried more of the brewery’s beers but it’s not one those beers I’ve ever seen in any stores, either in the UK or Ireland; in fact all those that I’ve tried, including this one, have been sampled in one of their bars or ordered online so it might be a while before I try anything else of theirs going forward.

Appearance (4/5): A dark mahogany colour that is opaque and topped with a centimetre tall, creamy head that is an off-white to tan colour but manages to hold very well in the opening couple of minutes and doesn’t lose much of its height.
Aroma (7/10): Roasted malts and some subtle smoky notes kick things off here, there was some creamy touches towards the middle as well as a couple of chocolate notes further on. It’s definitely an inoffensive offering on the nose and I can definitely see where the ‘plain’ in the name comes from but it is at least pleasant with grains and earthy notes at the end as well.
Taste (7/10): The taste opens with some roasted malts and earthy touches but seems a little lighter and more balanced than with the nose, there was some coffee and faint chocolate sweetness in there as well before some smoky touches came through later on. It had some bitterness towards the end with a few grains in there was well with some toasted flavours in there too.
Palate (4/5): Quite a smooth and creamy offering that was probably about medium bodied and very easy to drink with some smoky touches around the middle and a couple of grains further on too. It was moderately carbonated and very much as you’d expect for the style but it was balanced and worked well together.

Overall (14/20): It easy to tell where the name comes from with this one, the beer definitely isn’t the most varied tasting but it was an enjoyable offering that was well executed and balanced, going down quite easily from the start with some nice roasted malts throughout. There was some early smoke showing that soon gave way to a few bitter flavours and some chocolate to add to the sweetness without overpowering at any point; it was a good beer and proved very easy to drink too.

Brewed In: Dublin, Ireland
Brewery: The Porterhouse Brewing Company
First Brewed:  Brewery since 1989
Type: Irish Dry Stout
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Price: £0.75 (approx.)

St. Andrews Mocha Porter

December 17, 2017 Leave a comment

Rating: 3.15

A random English porter that I picked up in Lidl the other day after stumbling across it for the first time in one of their stores, this one will actually be my second from the brewery and is a beer that follows on from the bottle of their Oatmeal Pale that I sampled back in the summer of 2014 but wasn’t overly impressed with. I picked this one up on a whim, mainly as it was one of the few in the store that I hadn’t already tried and because I’m partial to a decent mocha porter so I was hopeful that this one would be a slight improvement on the last from the St. Andrews Brewing Co. that I tried; here’s what I thought of it in the end.

Appearance (3/5): Quite a dark looking, opaque bodied beer that was black and topped with a thin, foamy head that was beige and started about a centimetre tall before fading to a patchy lacing that was more just a patch in the centre and round the circumference with little else showing.
Aroma (7/10): Opening with some earthy notes and a little coffee, the beer is dark and roasted initially but not overly pronounced. It’s a beer that slowly opens up with some grains and subtle chocolate coming through alongside hints of sugar and milky notes then some light bitterness seeing things out.
Taste (6/10): Similar to the nose in that the taste is kicked off with some coffee and an earthy bitterness that had a few grains showing as well. There was no sign of any sweetness this time around with the roasted malts coming through much stronger than before, masking the chocolate that I’d been expecting following on from the nose, and there was a lot of earthy flavours seeing things out.
Palate (3/5): Medium bodied and quite bitter, it’s softly carbonated and a little sharp at points with the bitterness dominating as well; I’d like to have seen a better balance with more of the sweetness carrying over from the nose. Definitely not the easiest beer to drink, it was quite a basic offering but pretty much what you would expect from the style I guess.

Overall (13/20): Quite a standard porter, this one was definitely a bitter offering that opened with some milky notes and sweetness on the nose but turned to a much more earthy, roasted tasting beer when it came to actually drinking the beer. There was some grains and it seemed relatively sharp despite the soft carbonation but I was looking for something a little more if I’m honest.

Brewed In: St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland
Brewery: St. Andrews Brewing Co.
First Brewed: 2013
Type: English Porter
Abv: 6.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Lidl
Price: £1.49

Tokyo Black Porter (367 of 1001)

November 8, 2017 Leave a comment

Rating: 4.2

Another Japanese offering from the 1001 beers list, this one being fifth from the Yo-Ho brewery and one that follows from their Yona Yona Ale as the second of their beers from the list that I’ll have tried. This one is an American style porter that will be my first dark beer from the Nagano based brewery and it is one that I spotted in a number of stores throughout Japan but waited until nearer the end of my trip to finally pick up a can in a Bic Camera store when I was back in Tokyo. As the final of Yo-Ho’s beers to feature on the 1001 beers list, this is also the last of their beers that I’m likely to review here for some time since I’ve yet to see anything from them available in the UK sadly but at least I got to try it and check it off for myself.

Appearance (5/5): Very dark mahogany to black in colour with a larger than expected head starting about two centimetres tall ans sitting a beige colour in the glass. Retention wasn’t too bad from the beer either, there wasn’t much initial movement and it looked quite a thick head with some light residue on the sides of the glass as I worked my way down the beer.
Aroma (8/10): A pleasantly strong aroma started things here with a nice combination of roasted malts and chocolate that made the beer one of the stronger Japanese beers on the nose that I’ve reviewed here recently. There was some liquorice and touches of vanilla a little further on with a subtle malt bitterness and some lactose with the odd creamy note following on behind. Towards the end some faint caramel and a touch of spice came through to see things out; this one was enjoyable and exactly what I was after on the nose going in.
Taste (8/10):
Roasted malts and a solid sweetness that featured some vanilla and butterscotch kicked things off with the taste here, both coming through stronger and earlier than they did with the nose before some creamy flavours and touches of lactose followed them up. Around the middle some coffee flavours showed themselves alongside a faint hint of milk chocolate and an earthy malt sweetness as well as some caramel further on that made for quite an enjoyable but varied tasting beer.
Palate (4/5):
Somewhere around medium bodied, perhaps very slightly lighter than expected for the style but it was quite a sweet and creamy offering with a nice balance as well. It had light-medium carbonation levels and was very easy to drink with the vanilla, chocolate and caramel all adding to the sweetness with any of them overdoing it; it was also quite a clean beer with a subtle dryness right at the end.

Overall (16/20): Quite an enjoyable porter and definitely one of the better dark beers that I’ve tried from Japan, this one coming through with quite a sweet but balanced taste than had a great combination of caramel malts and milk chocolate flavours as well as some earthy malts and vanilla in there. The beer was exactly what I was expecting from the style and it went down smoothly too, it’s definitely one I’d have again if I could find it outside of Japan.

Brewed In: Nagano, Japan
Brewery: Yo-Ho Brewing Company
First Brewed: 2005
Type: American Porter
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Can (350ml)
Purchased: Bic Camera (Akihabara, Tokyo)
Price: ¥288 (£1.91 approx.)

Edge Padrino Porter

June 20, 2017 Leave a comment

Rating: 3.7

Only my third beer from Barcelona based Edge Brewing now and another that I managed to pick up when visiting the city a few weeks ago. This one is a beer that follows on from the same brewery’s Hoptimista IPA and Squiffy Sailor offerings, both beers that I enjoyed and both that I picked up here in Glasgow so this one will be the first from the brewery that I’ve reviewed in Barcelona despite the fact I’ve visited the city twice in just over a year now; I really should have picked up a few more when I had the chance. The beer itself is an American style porter that was initially released in early 2014 and appears to be one of the brewery’s most readily available options if you go by the amount of reviews it has online; it’s also pretty popular too. Anyway, here is what I thought of the beer when I had it at the start of the month and hopefully I’ll be able to pick up a few from from the brewery before I next visit Barcelona, whenever that may be.

Appearance (4/5): Quite a dark looking beer, this one pours a mahogany colour with an opaque body and quite a thick looking, centimetre and a half tall head that was a tan brown colour. There is some visible carbonation running through the body of the beer while the surface is covered well by the head which holds relatively well.
Aroma (7/10): Dark malts and some early sweetness kick things off here, there was some caramel with a touch of alcohol nearer the middle as well. There was a good combination of cocoa and roasted malts around the middle too with some burnt toast and the odd hop sneaking in before some coffee and subtle spices seen things out alongside a little grain.
Taste (7/10): Quite a malty beer with some solid roasted bitterness and touches of alcohol that carried on from the nose, there was a little sweetness from the caramel at this point too. The beer was a pleasant some with a nice variety of darker fruits coming through which added to the sweetness and helped balance out the darker, more roasted flavours from the middle of the beer as well as tasting good.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and quite thick at times, there was a little more alcohol showing in the early going than I would have liked but it was a pleasant beer that went down relatively easily. Some hops did manage to sneak through at times, particularly with the nose but that is something I’d have liked to see a little more of but there was some nice sweetness and touches of spice to shake things up a little which made for a good mouthfeel overall.

Overall (14/20): Quite a nice Spanish brewed porter and another cracking beer from Edge despite the fact it’s probably not the best style of beer to be drinking in the warm weather but is was still an enjoyable one. There was a nice malt bitterness to proceedings with a couple of hops sneaking through in the early going, mainly on the nose but some did show in the taste as well, albeit to a lesser extent. There was some solid roasted flavours with the odd alcohol grain appearing at times but it wasn’t an overly strong beer which meant it was a relatively easy one to drink and one of the better Spanish beers I’ve tried of late, although that’s not always saying too much I guess.

Brewed In: Barcelona, Spain
Brewery: Edge Brewing
First Brewed: 2014
Type: American Porter
Abv: 6.9%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Simply Basic Supermarket (Barcelona)
Price: €3.50 (£3.06)

Common Grounds

June 19, 2017 2 comments

Rating: 3.6

A late 2015 winter seasonal release from Magic Rock now and a beer that I managed to pick up from Brewdog’s Glasgow bottle shop a couple of months ago but am just getting round to reviewing now. The beer is actually one that I managed to try on-tap between picking it up and now, sampling it at a Glasgow bar in late March and quite enjoying it so I thought it about time I finally gave it a proper review. The beer will be my fifth from the brewery and my first since trying their High Wire Grapefruit offering back in February of last year and not enjoying it quite as much as I’d hoped. Common Grounds will also be the first dark beer from the brewery that’ll have reviewed here, the other four from them have been American pale ales or, in the case of their Cannonball, an IPA.

Appearance (3/5): Dark bodied, almost black in colour and with a thin, tan brown head that’s bubbly and fades to a patchy lacing that sits in the centre of the glass after about thirty or forty seconds. The body is opaque and the beer looks relatively still in the glass too; not a bad start but I’d have liked the head to stick around a little longer.
Aroma (7/10): Very strong coffee notes on the nose to kick things off, this one was slightly stronger than expected too with a nice amount of roasted malts and some earthy bitterness in there too. Some touches of chocolate made themselves known as things got nearer the middle but the coffee was definitely the dominate smell, some faint cocoa and vanilla did however add a hint of sweetness as things got closer to the finish. The beer was relatively well-balanced on the nose with a nice variety to it and some milky lactose and further earthy notes seeing things out.
Taste (7/10): Again quite a dark beer and one that follows on well from the nose but the coffee is certainly dialled down every so slightly at this stage without giving too much up to the other flavours. There was some strong roasted malts and a little vanilla off the back of them, the coffee definitely still dominating but there is more room for the lactose and chocolate flavours to come through this time around as well. I managed to detect touches of spice and even a little caramel towards the end but everything worked well and went down easily.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and quite thick on the palate, the beer is moderately carbonated with a crisp feel that is also quite smooth. There is a nice balance to flavours and plenty of variety to them as well which makes the beer go down very easily. It’s quite a strong tasting beer and is for the most part dominated by the coffee flavours but they don’t overpower and it’s pleasant drinking throughout.

Overall (16/20): This one was quite an enjoyable beer from the outset, there was a huge amount of coffee coming through and plenty of chocolate and cocoa backed it up, there was even some lactose in there to balance it out slightly. The beer had touches of sweetness nearer the middle with the caramel and some sugars grabbing your attention alongside hints of spice and the faintest of vanilla too. I really like this one, the coffee dominated but didn’t overpower and it was quite easy to drink despite the fact it got off to a poor start appearance-wise with the head fading far too quickly for my liking; nice stuff though and one I’d have again.

Brewed In: Huddersfield, England
Brewery: Magic Rock Brewing
First Brewed: 2015
Type: American Porter
Abv: 5.4%
Serving: Can (330ml)
Purchased: Brewdog BottleDog (Glasgow)
Price: £3.09