From: Londonderry, NH
The beer pours a milky dark brown with a light tan head of smaller bubbles. As it sits, it kind of reminds me of a good root beer in the glass. In body, the beer is opaque with milky cloudiness. It’s not gorgeous, but it has a muddy intrigue to its appearance. On the nose the beer is decadent with dark fruit notes of prunes and blended with a gorgeous bouquet of light roast coffee, dark chocolate, dark breads, subtle marshmallow, and nougat. On the tongue, the beer tastes fruity and chocolaty sweet, with a dry and bitter middle that evens into a swirl of soft bitters and rich bready sweetness in the finish. Subtle dark fruit acidity pops in the middle of the sip, and a slight alcoholic bite crackles at the finish. In flavor, the beer begins as sweet prunes, raisins, and then dark oatmeal bread dipped in coffee. Mallow, peanut brittle, and nougat flavors cascade into the middle and finish of the beer, bringing further levels of complexity to this easy drinking dessert. The finish brings herbal bitters, alongside roast coffee bitters, tobacco smoke, as well as milk chocolate sweetness that lasts into the aftertaste. In the mouth, the beer feels medium bodied with a soft prickle from the carbonation that seems to die off, alongside a creamy mouthfeel. It’s not quite as substantial as I want it to be though, and I feel like the brewery could dial in their carbonation a touch more so that it fluffs the palate gently. When the beer leaves, the mouth is left dry and coated with papery stickiness that begs for another sip. Overall, this is a superbly complex, yet drinkable porter. FtB has really impressed me with this beer. They’re a new nano from the middle of New Hampshire, and this is the first beer I’ve tried from them. Color me impressed. The mouthfeel isn’t quite there yet, but the rest of the beer is superb and interesting to sip. I can’t wait to try some more from the brewery.