Friday, February 27, 2009
Raven Mad Porter, Bridgeport Brewing Company, Portland Oregon
Bringing it all back home. I tried this beer a month or so ago - then lost my sampling notes. I just came across them yesterday, so let's give it a go. This beer comes with 3d glasses that enhances the label, especially after sampling.
This is an interesting beer - 59% Porter aged in Bourbon barrels, 33% aged in oak wine barrels, and 8% Porter...
It pours opaque with a caramel colored head.
The aroma is big roasted malt. Tones of chocolate and coffee are also in amidst a mild sweetness.
It starts mild, which quickly gives way to roasty and robust in the medium body. It has a slight hop character. It finishes smoky and the malt is characterized by a deepness that has to come from the barrel aging. It is robust and the sweetness is patient, only arriving in the end of the finish.
The sweetness dissipates in the aftertaste, leaving a roasty smokiness lingering on the palate.
This is a big robust beer that is definitely worth catching while it's around. It's available in the 22oz bottles - look for the blue and red glasses around the neck -