Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Beer #153 - Coal Porter, Atlantic Brewing Company, Bar Harbor Maine
You gotta love it when you can match your glassware to your beer! Our next beer, a porter, comes from the East Coast - Bar Harbor, where a dark drink is necessary on those stormy coastal nights! Let's give it a try!
It pours opaque with a thin tight head.
The aroma is nut malt with mild chocolate tones. There is a very mild sweetness.
The initial taste is nut malt, but the chocolate tones quickly take over. It has a medium body and is fairly rich, though it finishes fairly clean. Vanilla builds while drinking, but the bitterness from hops and the nuttiness of the malt keep it from gaining too much sweetness.
The aftertaste is mildly hoppy, but mostly malt and vanilla - the palate clears quickly.
It's hard to get ahold of, but a nice porter to enjoy if you get it...and you gotta love the name!