Friday, September 16, 2011

Reserve Robust Porter ~ Firestone Walker

Appearance: clean dark browns with black designs under a small tan head of dense foam. Collar is bubby while thick swirls leave their mark along the glass.

Nose: roasted and toasted, cold coffee, prunes and dates and figs. Black cake. Chocolate graham crackers. Vanilla bean root.

Palate: creamy and chocolaty, chocolate covered caramel. Roasted finish much like a dry bar of rich cacao. Dense dark fruits – prunes, figs, and dates. Dense chocolate cake. Creamy mouthfeel never ends. Fudge, espresso, and a hint of smoke. Surprisingly not a very long finish, with most centered atop the middle of my tongue. Earth and burnt vanilla bean.

Final Thoughts: wow. Loved it…and I am not surprised. Porters are so often lost in the shadow of stouts and I find that sad. Of course, I too am guilty or porter neglect, a guilt I must strive to rectify. 


(an original written work by Kristyn Lier. plagiarism is not tolerated)

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