Monday, 31 July 2017

Brews Review 11 // Atlantic Coal Porter


So today we are heading back to a beer I drank in Boston last year (not that long ago really). Having only been to the USA a handful of times, I always try to grab beers I haven't heard off of or recognize. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't . So whilst looking over a pizza menu I came across today's beer 'Atlantic Coal Porter', so I grabbed a bottle and quickly downed it, maybe too quickly...

So I had to order a second to actually get some tasting notes.
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Details

Name: Atlantic Coal Porter
Style: Porter
Brewery: Atlantic Brewing Company
Country: Bar Harbor, Maine, USA
Price: $3 US Bottle.
ABV: 5.8%

Commercial Fluff:

"A superb porter, hearty & dark. This one is a staff favorite, made with pale, crystal, Munich, chocolate, and black malts. The darker malts give Coal its color and rich flavor. We use Target and Willamette hops to yield a very subtle hop flavor in this porter. We cellar this beer for close to six months before releasing it on the thirsty throngs of fans."

Own Opinion

Label: A tad on the side of looking homemade. It's hard to make out but it is overlaid on a map of the region it is from. Just lacks a standout feature.
Sight: The pour is a dark brown with a red hue when the light hits it. The head is tan in colour and overall a pretty standard looking porter.
Aroma: Strong roasted malt aroma to this beer, leading to hints of coffee, chocolate and mocha smells. I really do enjoy traditional porters, I feel breweries spend to much time on stouts and should head back to the humble porter.
Taste: Quite a burnt taste in the mouth, a little ashy and a hint of sweetness too. Leaves the mouth with a slight bitter finish. Quite easy to drink but after the second the ashy taste is building.

Would I buy it again? No. Even though I bought two back to back I doubt I would buy again. It is a good representation of the style but coming from a strong category, I have so many other porters that I prefer more. So I seriously doubt I would spend money on it again. Also I think other breweries do this flavour profile better. It has put the brewery on my radar and I look forward to trying out more of their beers.

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