Friday, March 6, 2009
Moonstone Porter, Six Rivers Brewery, McKinleyville, CA
Our next beer comes from the Six Rivers Brewery in Mckinleyville in Northern California. It was a present from my sister, who was there a while back with her husband. They enjoyed the Six Rivers Brewpub, giving their beer, food and view a great review. Indeed I received a text picture and it did look great! I am looking forward to checking it out on our next drive down 101 - for now I will enjoy the Porter. This is my first from the brewpub that, until now, I didn't know about...
It pours opaque with a small tight caramel colored head.
The aroma is quite mild. There is subtle malt and sweetness with vanilla.
The moonstone porter has a nice full body. It has a characteristic smoothness that is complemented by a not-too-sweet vanilla flavor. Roasty malt arrives in the body along with some mild hop. It isn't too coffee or chocolate in the finish, but holds to the malt roastiness with a very very mild smokiness to it. A mild yeast holds lightly on the tongue.
The aftertaste is nice and malty. It leaves a roastiness in the mouth.
A great porter, it holds up nicely, with a personality to it. It is 6.9%. I'm not sure what kind of distribution they have, this was a 12 oz bottle.