12oz bottle from a trade some time ago! This one has been sitting in the DBF for a long time, but I am happy to report, that (as expected), this has aged beautifully. Notched (approx.) best before April 08.
Jet black pour and a huge, mocha head, this basically looks like a BIG RIS. (It lacks the depth of mouthfeel of a RIS, but outside of that it resembles one in many other ways). Head is beautifully maintained, creamy and produces some great lace.
Lots of roasted chocolate notes in the nose and taste. It does have a little hoppy edge that certainly makes it an “American” rather than an original Porter, but I can live with that (just!) VERY mild smoke, but smooth and clean – delicious!
If you are looking for a classic English porter, with a classic American twist (more hops) then this is a quintessential brew. Look no further. I’d prefer a creamier mouthfeel and less hops to bring it back to a “real” porter, but nevertheless this is a classic of a non-classic style.