Beer 147/365 – Atlantic Coal Porter

Style: American Porter

ABV: 6.5%

Purchased at: I honestly forget, but I think Jared sent this to me? amirite Jared?

What makes this beer different: Lots of flavor, and some charred action going on.

Will I be drinking this again: Its not readily available sooo probably not

Grade: B+

4/4/2010: Okay so I’m not going to lie, I thought I forgot to drink a beer on Sunday. I was freaking out on gchat asking the girlfriend if she could remember if I drank anything, and what it was. She is a bit more responsible than I am about those things haha. She mentioned that worst case scenario I drank a pint of Ballast Point Victory at Sea Porter a little after midnight at The Headkeeper. They are probably the most reasonably priced bar that has a good selection of craft beer in my area. Anyways turns out I drank Coal Porter late on Easter and forgot about it. I found my notes on it buried in my email, and the photo on my laptop. Maybe I need to stop drinking so much, or maybe I should start updating day after I drink the beer? haha. I would have been pretty pissed if I missed a day after going 146 beers deep into my journey.

So onto the beer. Smells of light chocolate and roasted malty goodness. It actually has a very rich taste for a medium bodied porter. Even amounts of chocolate and coffee flavor, and there is a bit of a “charred” taste i am getting. Charred but not quite burnt, but it gives this beer a uniqueness that I like. Very silky smooth mouthfeel which makes it very drinkable.

Picture of the day: Those New Yorkers are such rebels.

Published in: on April 4, 2010 at 9:40 am  Comments (4)  
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Beer 121/365 – Brooklyn Cookie Jar Porter

Style: American Porter

Purchased at: Won via superbowl block poll on beeradvocate

What makes this beer different: Really does taste like an oatmeal raisin cookie.

Will I be drinking this again: Hopefully they brew it again.

Grade: A

3/9/2010: Almost had a chance to try Cookie Jar Porter on tap at Regional Food and Drink in Washington DC. It was on the tap list, we ordered it, waitress comes back and said they JUST ran out. Don’t you hate that? So I was pretty pumped when I had this sent to me after winning the superbowl block poll on BA.

The smell is cinnamon, chocolate, and a sweet fruit smell I can’t put my finger on. The taste is very good, a lot of tart raisin, caramel malt/cinnamon/brown sugar fall in line second, and finishes of with a smooth oatmeal stoutlike texture with a dash of chocolate. Hides the 7.8% alcohol very very well. I doubt many places are still going to have this on tap but grab a pint if you see it!

Picture of the day: Babysitting is a rough job.

Published in: on March 9, 2010 at 9:43 am  Comments (6)  
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Beer 88/365 – Berkshire Coffeehouse Porter

Style: American Porter

Purchased at: In a trade with Jared from BA

What makes this beer different: Cinnamon, Caramel, and Pumpkin.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes

Grade: B+

2/04/2010: Another beer from Jared at BA. It was my first time doing a beer trade and we must have exchanged about 40 bottles total (20 each). I basically wanted anything that I could not normally get in PA. I am a lot more open now to trying pretty much any style, but as I have said many times imperial stouts are #1 in my book.

Coffeehouse porter almost smells like a sweet iced coffee. For better or for worse when I tasted this it reminded me of a beer my buddy brewed in college. Not sure if that means its an “amateur” beer, or the recipe just happened to be similar. Mostly a light coffee taste, with some roasted malt. I get a little bit of a nut flavor also. Mouthfeel is about average for a porter, maybe a bit heavier than the usual porter. Overall a pretty decent beer.

Funny Picture of the day: Ever wonder why you look up when you pray?

Published in: on February 4, 2010 at 10:38 pm  Comments (3)  
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Beer 78/365 – Founder’s Porter

Style: American Porter

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Lots of flavor for a light porter

Will I be drinking this again: Yes for sure

Grade: A-

1/25/2010: Dark. Rich. Sexy. That’s what the label reads and pretty much sums the beer up better than anything I can type. Although the lady on the picture by today’s standards wouldn’t be considered very sexy. Maybe 100 years ago that type of chick would be my cup ‘o tea.

Have yet to try a beer from Founder’s that I don’t like. This beer is dangerously drinkable. The smell is straight chocolate, and the taste is pretty similar. A nice amount of chocolate with a bit of coffee taste. Very creamy for a Porter. Mouthfeel is a little heavier than a typical porter, but still on par. It also hides the alcohol well for it being 6.5%. Overall its a solid beer and very drinkable.

Funny Picture of the day: Damn engineers are pretty slick. Check out how this guy is drinking his beer.

Published in: on January 25, 2010 at 5:42 pm  Comments (6)  
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Bonus Beer – HopCat Bumble’s Bounce

Style: American Porter

Purchased at: HopCat Taphouse

What makes this beer different: All spice and Cinnamon

Will I be drinking this again: If I ever end up back at hopcat yes for sure.

Grade: A-

1/02/2010: Had this on tap at HopCat in Grand Rapids. They recently started brewing their own beer, and I am always up for trying a new porter or stout. If you live in the area and haven’t been to HopCat, you need to stop by as they have one of the largest tap menus I have ever seen.

Smells a lot like Cinnamon Oatmeal. You can without a doubt taste the All-Spice right off the bat, with a little bit of cinnamon in the background. This beer was unbelievably smooth, and I sense they used some kind of oatmeal in the brew (even though thats not usual for porters). The spice taste fades away about halfway down and ends up drinking much more like a stout than a porter. Medium to Heavy mouthfeel. I was getting sick of your run of the mill porters, and this one was a nice change.

Published in: on January 2, 2010 at 7:53 am  Comments (3)  
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Beer 50 – Stone Smoked Porter

Style: American Porter

Purchased at: Vintage Estate

What makes this beer different: As the name suggests, smoked flavor

Will I be drinking this again: What was I doin again?

Grade: A-

12/28/2009: Dude, this beer is totally awesome.. Just look at the name bro! Smoked Stone man! I think I see some dragon looking dude with wings. Okay its late and I am lacking any type of comic relief so excuse me for the weak attempt at the funniez.

So this beer actually had a “drink by date” of 12/16/2009, but I doubt a couple weeks had any major impact on the flavor. I love any type of smoked beer, and this one did not disappoint. Not nearly as heavy as it looks, and not nearly as smokey as you would expect it to be. It actually is a very easy drink and has just enough of a smoked flavor without screaming “HEYYY LOOK AT ME I’M A BEER THATS SMOKEDDDD!!!1!~!.” Usually takes me a good while to finish a dark beer this size but it went down super easy.

Whats your favorite smoked beer? Post in the comments section below!

Published in: on December 28, 2009 at 9:30 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 28 – Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter

Style: American Porter

Purchased at: Vintage Estate

What makes this beer different: Super smooth coconut and nut flavor

Will I be drinking this again: If I can find it… yes

Grade: A+

12/6/2009: Longest beer name ever right? This beer was a three way collaboration between Stone’s head brewer, Maui’s head brewer, and a famous home brewer. Sets of three are usually a good thing, 3 stooges, 3 rivers (da burgh), 3 somes? Sure why not. Okay maybe 3 mile island didn’t turn out so well but theres always an exception to the rule.

When I purchased this I didn’t realize it was such a rare beer, and now I know why. I would have to say this might be the best porter I have EVER had. Mild coffee hits you first, then a savory nutty type flavor, and the aftertaste has a small hit of coconut. It all blends perfect. The only thing that would have made this better would be a smidgen more coconut flavor. If you come across this one, get a few because you will want more. I paid 6 bucks for one and it was WELL worth it.

Published in: on December 6, 2009 at 10:51 pm  Comments (8)  

Beer 27 – Rogue Mocha Porter

Style: American Porter

Purchased at: Vintage Estate

What makes this beer different: Good bit of hops for a porter

Will I be drinking this again: Only if I have a mug handy

Grade: A-

12/5/2009: Rogue always has some of the coolest graphics for their beer. I figured I had to drink this one out of a mug, because the guy with the fu-manchu on the label told me to.

If you have read some of my prior posts you may be catching onto the fact that I really like stouts/porters, and am not a huge fan of overly hoppy beers. Well this one is a porter, but also is pretty hoppy. Oddly enough its kind of refreshing to have a dark beer that has that kind of “bite” to it. Really gives the beer a bit more oomph than your average dark beer.

Published in: on December 5, 2009 at 10:39 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 2 – Anchor Porter

Style: American Porter

Purchased at: 3 Sons

What makes this beer different: Smooth with mild coffee taste

Will I be drinking this again: Absolutely

Grade: A-

11/10/09 This would be a great beer for someone who is just jumping into trying dark beers. Very smooth without a lot of bite. A little bit of hoppiness but not too much.

Published in: on November 10, 2009 at 6:22 pm  Leave a Comment  
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