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Sleepy Time Porter
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
On cask, via hand pump @ Iron Hill Lancaster on 11/23/11. This is the house Pig Iron Porter that has been infused with Chamomile tea.
Pours a deep dark ruby (almost a dark brown), with a rich finger or so of light mocha head. This retains with a ½ finger of sudsy foam that dots the sides of the glass with thick patches of lacing. The tea is right there in the aroma, with a bit of an astringent feel that seems to stick to the more roasted aspects of this. Light green citrus notes and a bit of chocolate sweetness sit along the back. This is decent.
The taste is similar, with the tea being front and center with a fresh herbal character that mostly controls the profile the whole way through. Like the nose, the tea really takes to those roasted malts here, with both combining to really bring an almost meat-like smoky quality out of this. The light green bitterness from the hops really sticks to the tea flavors here as well. Some malt sweetness rides along the back, with cocoa accents that help draw the palate away from that smokiness a bit. The finish is dry and roasty feeling with some leftover herbal flavor that trails away on the tongue. The mouthfeel is lighter to medium bodied, with mellow creamy crispness that glides along in the mouth easily. The tea does seem to add an extra touch of herbal slickness to this and works well with the already soft feel from the cask.
While I like the creativity of the tea-infusion here, I’m not quite sure if a Porter was the best style to showcase it. It just brought out too much of that smoked meat flavor from those roasted malts that overall just a felt a bit weird compared to what else was going on in the profile. It’s definitely interesting but I’d like to see it used in something else next time. Might I suggest an American IPA? By the way, I’m not sure if was the couple of beers that I had on this visit or the tea itself but I did feel a little drowsy after this LOL! Glad I didn’t go for a full mug!
Serving type: cask
11-28-2011 19:08:00 |
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