Whitbread 1800s Porter tasting

20140816_211230This is a review of the very last bottle of this batch. I seem to do a lot of last bottle tastings of late, and kick myself for it. But, here goes. Oh, sorry for the crappy photo quality.

Appearance: Beautiful dense off white/light tan head. Deep brown with hints of red. Hop particles in suspension made it into the bottle and seemed to dance around to the tune of the carbonation.

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Aroma: I had a bit of a cold and cannot help feeling that I missed out a little.   Hops,lots of them, in a very resiny English way. Hint(only) of Brown malt,coffee and some twang of tartness.  Over ripe plums and warm pretzels without the salt. Brett.

Taste:  The carbonation made this beer feel very full in the mouth.  There is a deffinate tartness along with the restrained roasty/coffee from the large percentage of Brown malt.

Under sweetened autmn fruit preserve and a tartness to bitterness balance that is perfect,coats the mouth afterwards.  As the beer warms, a little more coffee comes through along with  a little black/white pepper corn and watermelon rind. There is also an earthy quality hat takes over from the fruit.

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The beer does very much seem to be at it’s best now. It is again one of those occasions on which I wish there were a few more gallons of this stashed in my “keeping cupboard”. It was, without a doubt worthy of a one gallon trial batch and will be brewed again,bigger this time(volume that is) and maybe oak a portion of it.

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