Appearance: dark brown under a thick khaki head both foamy and bubbly. Head crawls up sides of glass while a flat foamy bubbly head lingers. Swirls with rich pockets of lace.
Nose: roasty and toasty. Smores – burnt marshmallow, burnt black chocolate bars, and burnt graham crackers. Touch of tar and char and black root – subtly weaves in and out. Smoldering woods. Ashen cinderblocks and old fireplaces.
Palate: toasted, roasted, burnt, bitter, barky, and grassy. Not as complex as nose implied. Burnt ash and cinders. Brittle chocolates. Lingering nondescript dryness. Burnt caramel and black bark.
Final Thoughts: if only the Porter from Red Brick had tasted as well as it smelled I might have enjoyed it more. The potential was there but far short of what I expect out of the classic porter.
(an original written work by Kristyn Lier. plagiarism is not tolerated)