Ahhh, it's like the moment when Santa stuffs the last stocking and hangs it by the final fireplace with care. All the emails have been sent connecting contest gift givers with contest winners. Now, it's Miller time - or, in my case, mocha porter time.
I am being especially lazy about my subject matter tonight. The photo is nicked from the brewery's website and even the topic is used as Josh Rubin ran his review of this beer by newbie brewers Lake of Bays Brewing in the Toronto Star today. So, on one hand, I thought I would compare my thoughts to his. On the other, well, it's nice to have a simple quieter evening.
This is the first time for me with this beer and brewery. I really like the painted bottle that I found when I opened the Ontario Craft Brewer's sample pack they sent over a couple of weeks ago. It pours the appropriate shade of cola and kicks up a swell mocha cream rim and froth. On the schnozzly sniff, java with an underlying date maltiness. In the mouth, the beer is a middleweight with a likable good dusty texture supporting its claims to coffee roastiness as well as a bread crust graininess to the malt. There is a fine balanced bitterness to this brew that kicks in a bakers chocolate idea. At 5.2%, this is no bomb and, frankly, that' s something to be thankful for. There is plenty in here to keep you interested without laying you down onto the floor, then pointing and laughing at you.
I like. BAers have questions but the average may be brought down by early cask issues which were solved by bottling time. I like this fine.