Ex­hibit ‘A’ Brief­case Porter

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine - - Porter -

LOC: Fram­ing­ham, Mas­sachusetts ABV: 5.4% | IBUS: N/A | SRM: N/A

What the brewer says

“This porter sat­is­fies with­out be­ing heavy. Toasted dark bread and nutty aro­mas start you off fol­lowed by light roasted cof­fee, dark choco­late, and a touch of black­berry. The fin­ish is dry, keep­ing you ready for an­other sip. All roasted malts come from Val­ley Malt in Hadley, Mas­sachusetts.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Light roast with a floral, al­most soapy hop­pi­ness. Hints of caramel, but oth­er­wise pretty sub­dued and clean.” Fla­vor: “Choco­late, caramel, and green cof­fee up front. The fin­ish is milk choco­late and fairly hoppy; the bit­ter­ness bal­ances well. Creamy through­out, though slightly puck­er­ing right on the swal­low from some lin­ger­ing as­trin­gency due to the roast and bit­ter­ness.” Over­all: “A rich, full-bod­ied, and com­plex porter. The hop­ping adds to the com­plex­ity and bal­ances nicely with the un­der­ly­ing choco­late sweet­ness, with­out be­ing over­done.”

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