Swanny Boy (The Tap)

Swanny Boy (The Tap Brewing Company) Style: Maple Porter 5.20% ABV From: Haverhill, MA Brewer’s Note: “This viscous, semi-sweet brew is named after our friend Jason. We add local maple syrup from Ben’s Sugar Shack in Temple, NH. after fermentation to warm you up during the colder months. ”   The beer’s label is simple and elegant. I love the silhouettes of the maple leaves, and … Continue reading Swanny Boy (The Tap)

Edmund Fitzgerald (Great Lakes Brewing Company)

Style: American Porter 5.8% ABV 37 IBU’s 15˚P Brewer’s Note: “Named for the great ship that tragically sunk in Lake Superior in 1975 with many Northeast Ohioans on board, our Edmund Fitzgerald is the dark, brooding type. One sip of this complex, flavorful porter inspires lavish bar napkin poetry and spirited closing-time soliloquies. It’s a meticulously crafted love letter in a bottle, an epic and … Continue reading Edmund Fitzgerald (Great Lakes Brewing Company)

Farm-to-Barrel: Bourbon Sour Porter (Almanac Brewing)

Style: American Wild Ale/Sour Ale aged in used Bourbon Barrels 6.0% ABV From: San Francisco, CA Brewers Note: “The life of a Kentucky oak barrel is one of giving: first to bourbon, then to dark strong ales, and finally we inoculate it with our Dogpatch Sour culture and fill it with robust porter. This inky black ale blends flavors of coffee, chocolate, dried fruit and … Continue reading Farm-to-Barrel: Bourbon Sour Porter (Almanac Brewing)

Chai Tea Porter (Throwback Brewery)*

Style: American Porter with Chai Tea added 5.0% ABV OG: 1.049 29 IBU’s From: North Hampton, NH *Formally the White Heron Chai Porter Brewer’s Note: “Chai Tea Porter is a very smooth porter with a rich aroma and a warming, palate-pleasing spiciness that comes from Cahi Tea made by NH’s White Heron Tea. This velvety beer pairs well with desserts like cheesecake and crème brulee, … Continue reading Chai Tea Porter (Throwback Brewery)*

People’s Porter (Foothills Brewing Company)

Style: American Porter 5.8% ABV 42 IBU’s SRM: 30. From: Winston-Salem, NC Brewer’s Note: “An English style robust porter-dark brown with a ruby hue- Chocolate and sweet toffee aroma – Firm unsweetened chocolate flavor with moderate notes of caramel and toffee, and herbal hop bitterness up front a slight note of espresso in the finish” The beer’s label is clever and crafty.  I like communist-flair … Continue reading People’s Porter (Foothills Brewing Company)

Walker’s Reserve (Fireston Walker Brewing Company)

Style: Robust American Porter 5.8% ABV 45 IBU’s Fermentation: Selectively fermented in the Firestone Union oak barrel brewing system Malts: Premium Two-Row, Maris Otter, Crystal 77, Crystal 120, DH Carafa, Chocolate, Wheat, Oat Flakes Hops: Bittering—U.S. Goldings Late Kettle—East Kent Golding Whirlpool Hops—Cascade Bottled in 2011 Brewer’s Note: “A singularly distinctive beer that represents our finest brewing efforts, Walker’s Reserve is a elegant dark ale … Continue reading Walker’s Reserve (Fireston Walker Brewing Company)

Genghis Pecan (Clown Shoes)

Style:  Pecan Pie Porter 7% ABV Brewer’s Note:  ”Our new Pecan Pie Porter no longer uses extract, but rather brown sugar and pecans roasted by friends at The Gallows in Boston.” This bottle is strange, in true Clown Shoes fashion, but I’m not really a fan.  I like the turkeys wearing clown shoes, but why the hell is Genghis Khan throwing pies at them, and … Continue reading Genghis Pecan (Clown Shoes)