Archive for the ‘Porter’ Category


Day #360 – Real Ale Coffee Porter

December 27, 2011

I LOVE coffee beers. Absolutely love them. The more coffee aroma and flavor in my beer the better. So you can understand how excited I was when I heard that Real Ale was coming out with a coffee porter. I will be trying this both on tap and out of a bottle today!

Real Ale Coffee Porter


I am meeting with a very special guest today at the Ginger Man. You will find out more about this soon! Trust me, it will be very cool.

Real Ale Brewing Company came out with this beer quite recently, within a couple of years at least. It is a porter at 5.6% brewed with Katz Coffee.

This beer pours a very dark brown color with reddish highlights when put to the light. Foamy white head.

Aroma has lots of dark malts, roasted notes, dark Bakers chocolate and small bits of coffee. I want the coffee nose to be much more prominent.

Flavor is sweet and bitter chocolate. Some dark coffee as well with a bitter finish. Not bad at all but I want WAY more coffee!


6 to go…


Day #339 – Saint Arnold Donleavy Porter

December 6, 2011

Today I have a special treat; it’s a beer brewed SPECIFICALLY for my favorite bar, the Ginger Man!!

Saint Arnold Donleavy Porter


This beer is brewed by Saint Arnold Brewing Company. It is a porter at 6.4% ABV. As I mentioned before I believe it was brewed for the Ginger Man, for what I think is their 20th anniversary. I remember the Dallas location premiered it during Dallas beer week. I was there that night but didn’t stay long enough to try it. Glad I have it now!

Cask at the Ginger Man Fort Worth. Apparently this is the brew made especially for Ginger Man? Glad it made it over to this one. This beer pours a dark brown color. It has a creamy appearance like that of a nitrous stout. Light carbonation that makes a creamy tan head.

Aroma is chocolate and upfront roasted malts. Almost a toast nose.

Flavor is somewhat of the same but is a little bland. Chocolate and roasted notes again. Not bad but as I mentioned before, a tad bland.




Day #338 – Tommyknocker Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer

December 5, 2011

Tommyknocker Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer


This is the winter seasonal from Tommyknocker Brewery out of Idaho Springs, Colorado. It is a porter at 5.7% ABV that has cocoa powder and honey added to the mix. Let’s see how it turns out.

Bottle from Central Market. This beer pours a very dark brown color that turns to a clear tan near the top. It has a very light beige colored head.

Aroma is certainly chocolatey, with mocha notes coming through clear. It also is grainy and almost slightly metallic in nature. Not strong mind you but enough to give you a sense of it.

Flavor is soft chocolate and cocoa nibs with dark malts and a solid grain presence. Finishes lightly bitter, and a bit roasted. Not too bad.




Day #298 – Kona Pipeline Porter

October 26, 2011

Kona Pipeline Porter


A beer from Hawaii! Yay! Well at least another beer from there. I think I’ve reviewed a few in the past. This beer is a porter at 5.3% ABV.

Pours a dark brown color with a nice tan head.

Aroma is dark malts, coffee notes and chocolate sweetness. Very nice smell.

Flavor is dark malts, sweet chocolate and light coffee. Tasty most certainly.


Day #297 – Left Hand Fade to Black Volume 3: Pepper Porter

October 25, 2011


Left Hand Fade to Black Volume 3: Pepper Porter

This is a porter from Left Hand Brewing Company. It is the 3rd in the “Fade to Black” series. 7.2% ABV.

This beer pours a dark brown color with slight ruby highlights. Light tan head.

Aroma is certainly roasted and very smoky. Definitely some peat in this.

Flavor is dark roasted notes, smoke, and beef. Light chocolate and dark bitter malts.




Day #239 – Odell Cutthroat Porter

August 28, 2011

Day #239 and I’m all caught up!

Odell Cutthroat Porter


Odell Brewing Company is based out of Fort Collins, CO. They do not yet distribute to Texas but this beer was from a friend so I am going to review it!

This beer pours a very dark brown color with red highlights when held to the light. Slight tan head.

Aroma has slight metallic notes, small smoky notes, dark malts and bitter notes.

Flavor is dark malts that are fairly bitter. Slight roast. Finishes bitter, dark and roasty.


I promise to try my best not to fall behind again!!



Day #235 – Anchor Porter

August 24, 2011

Day 3 of full time teaching and working the late Rangers games has worn me out. I’m sooo ready for summer. Oh wait……crap.

Anchor Porter


Anchor Brewing out of San Francisco, CA. This is classified as a porter and holds 5.6% ABV. Pretty straightforward and easy enough? Moving on.

This beer pours a lot darker than I remembered it being. In fact it is so dark as I hold it to the light, I still cannot see anything coming through! Very interesting indeed. It is a dark brown to almost black in color and has a creamy brown-tan head that stays for awhile.

The aroma is everything you would expect of a good porter; chocolate, dark roast and heavy malts, some dry bitterness. Very good and textbook as far as I’m concerned.

The flavor is also very good. Dark malts and roasty notes come through at the beginning with a slight bit of chocolaty sweetness in the middle. The roastyness comes back at the finish with a dry bitter sensation. If you drink this one too cold it will come off very roasty, almost burnt but as it warms it subsides.


Goodnight. I mean Cheers.