Appearance: clean and clear with blacks bordered by garnet and cherry woods. Tan collar but no real head to speak of.
Nose: roasted and toasty all around. Dark Ghirardelli cocoa powder. Roasted marshmallows with a nice char, just the way I like them. Vanilla bean. Rich black earth.
Palate: wet woods old and deep, ash, and scorched earth. Bark and twigs in the middle, burnt of course. Unsweetened pure black cacao Ghirardelli chocolate tingles and grabs sides of cheeks. Acrid burnt black root. Raisins and prunes for a touch of meaty goodness.
Final Thoughts: a solid quaffer of a porter perfect for slaking a hard working man or woman’s thirst. The last of my Amherst flight of four, I declined on any growlers to go but did get my lucky hands on a t-shirt.
(an original written work by Kristyn Lier. plagiarism is not tolerated)