Tuesday, March 31, 2015

New Belgium Portage Porter


Portage

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States

American Porter

6.00% ABV





Commercial Description:
A great porter just feels right in your hand. And carrying a glass of Portage Porter is no different. An opaque, brown pour, this beer presents with coffee and chocolate aromas, with hints of toast and smoked almonds. The taste follows suit, adding an upfront sweetness and a slight, roasty bitterness to back it up. Creamy and wonderful, this porter sips a medium body and finishes dry and delightful. Portage Porter carts itself towards perfection. Just tip your glass and keep smiling. Available January 2015. (RateBeer.com)

General Pricing:
12oz Bottles: ~$9.00 6 pack, $33.00 Case

Background:
I’m a sucker for a good porter. I don’t know what attracts me to this simple style of ale but I can’t get enough of Porters. I bought this at State Line Liquors back in January after the holidays. I managed to save one to review and figured I would get it done before it gets to old.


Review:
Appearance
The beer pours a very dark brown almost completely opaque with just a slight hint of ruby hues peeking through the edge of the glass and a very rich tan head.

Smell
The nose is very nice with rich roasted malt aromas with notes of oaky notes of cocoa.

Taste and Mouthfeel
Ahhh.. what a great first sip; pleasantly smooth, rich and satisfying. The experience starts out with a dark malt sweetness up front on the tongue followed by a smooth mouthfeel as the ale rolls over the tongue in the middle of the sip. The back-end is very easy drinking with just a slight hesitation at the top of the swallow. The finish is fantastic with rich but smooth, sweet roasted malt flavors followed by notes of chocolate with a touch of oakiness. The final aftertastes of roasted malts stay with you leaving you with a very satisfied experience. What a nice Porter. And like I said I’m a sucker for a good Porter.

The roasted malt flavors are perfect; dark and rich flavors without that overly backed roasted malt bitterness that you sometimes get in a Porter or Stout. Needless to say, I am very impressed with this beer.

As the beer warms it seems to get richer and smoother but still does not get bitter.

I’m going for an A for sure on this one, maybe even an A+. This may be my new favorite American Porter.

Before I get into my final impression I must comment about the lacing. The head on the beer never completely diminished and left some very impressive lacing on the glass.

A | New Belgium Portage is an excellent American Porter, smooth rich and satisfying with exceptionally dark roasted malt flavors followed by an almost silky smooth mouthfeel with a satisfying rich finish with notes of oak and chocolate.

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