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Reviews by Style: Porter

Porterluma Brown Porter

Roast coffee nose; bittersweet & malty on tongue; nutty mid; low carbonation; smooth; bitter finish.

Shot in the Dark Oatmeal Porter

Rich roasty malt & chocolate nose; sweet coffee on tongue; creamy palate; smokey mid; ashy finish.

Smoked Porter w/ Vanilla Bean

When did “vanilla” start to define the mundane, the ordinary, the conventional? After all, there’s nothing vanilla about the history of this rare spice. First cultivated by the Totonacs, residents of what is now Veracruz, Mexico, the tlilxochitl (“black flower”) is said to have first grown on the spot where Princess Xanat, on the lam with a forbidden lover, was beheaded, the vanilla orchids and vines sprouting from where her blood fell.

Icelandic Toasted Porter

Scent is toasted nuts and roasted coffee. Taste is malty, with bitter chocolate undercurrent.

Imperial Tanilla

Keep your eyes open for Imperial Tanilla, the Big Kahuna of smoky vanilla porters. Full review to come.

Victory at Sea Imperial Porter

Ballast Point’s Victory at Sea is a coffee vanilla imperial porter with a dreadlocked skeletal helmsman (complete with skeletal parrot) adorning its label. As a lifelong fan of undead pirates, I had to pick one up. But does the beer live up to the pure awesomeness of the artwork?