Tasty and refined, yes, but not to the calibre you’d expect given the name. In fact, the base beer often features as much white wine and stone fruit via a thoughtful dry-hop. This comes across as doing less with more. Not bad, just disappointing.
Gat damn that is supremely tasty. Rich and sweet with acidity and some roasted malt to cut back on the body before it gets cloying. Fantastic balance with enough aromatic character to stand up to everything else going on. A one-in-a-million beer.
There is a sophomoric vinegar-cask note that betrays enthusiasm over bottomless pockets, but dang, isn’t that just the mark of the underdog? Beautifully balanced for 8%, drinking quite smooth with a delicate ashy note that dries the back end delightfully.
Fruitiness from the roast and the yeast esters lend way too much perceived acidity in for my taste. It’s dry, so not decadent enough to feel like a dessert-y porter. On the other hand, it’s bold and unapologetic—not a sessionable beer. Leaves me puzzled!
Purchased at Sherbrooke Liquor StoreEarned the To The Port (Level 34) badge!