59 / 100
330ml brown bottle purchased from the brewery by my Dad, and given to me as a gift.
Pours a surprisingly lightweight, and light coloured cola brown hue, with a coarse, frothy head of off-white that nonetheless settles out to a firm and persistent cap. Minimal lacing, although is sticks to the glass in spots. Carbonation is weak in a very thin-looking body.
Nose is relatively pleasant. There are nice notes of mild caramel, extra milky milk chocolate, and carob with a slightly brighter tone of smouldering wood. It's not a strong aroma, and there's nothing particularly complex about it, but it's pleasant.
The same can be said of the palate, which is somewhat thwarted by a very frothy, over-zealous carbonation in the feel. But aside from that it has a pleasant semi-savoury toasted grain character, which meshes well with aromatic carob and cocoa powder notes. But it is very light, and the frothiness in the feel makes it lighter still, meaning that even if there were more complexity to be had, it would be lost.
Overall, it's fine. It's the kind of beer you find on a tasting paddle at a nondescript brewery and go: oh yeah, bung that one on for me, why not. This isn't the best example, but it's not the worst example either. It's a serviceable porter that sits relatively well in the style.
330ml bottle purchased from the brewery by my Dad.
Pours a very slightly hazed pale golen colour, with a little weak ring of white forming the head. Body is very light, although it has a bit more oiliness than others of its ilk. Carbonation is coarse and swift.
Nose is very mediocre. It has an oily, unctuous wheat note, which gives a kind of sourness, without the weizen yeast notes to back it up. Instead, it goes more towards the body you expect from a saison—again, without the yeast notes to back it up. Minimal influence from the hops, which leaves it in this limbo state between sweet malt and mild acid.
Taste is a bit better, because it's brighter and lighter. Here, for some reason, there's actually some weizen yeast notes of banana and pastry, but why they don't appear on the nose is beyond me. These lend some breadth to the beer, which then takes it in a different direction, going crisper and cleaner—it helps the drinkability, and to some extent the beer overall, while not adding much in the way of complexity.
Finish has a slight popcorn overtone, which isn't amazing, but actually weirdly punctuates the beer quite nicely. Feel is clean and light.
Overall, in the end, it's actually a fairly drinkable brew. It's not an amazing brew, but in some ways, its weaknesses make up for its... other weaknesses.