*BOTTLES – Poor Soldier Porter

Our first batch of Poor Soldier Porter of the year (May 2015) was aged in fresh-emptied rum barrels from our friends at Albany Distilling Co (June 2015). Our robust porter spent 6 months soaking up delicious notes of rum, oak, vanilla and chocolate. We blended it back with fresh brewed Poor Soldier Porter, conditioned it further on fresh split/scraped Madagascar vanilla beans and bottled it.

Allowed to bottle condition for 6 weeks, this big flavored porter has a wonderful soft carbonation. When poured into a glass subtle aromas of vanilla and chocolate are up front, with support of rum and coffee from the barrel and malt, respectively. The flavor is rich like a rummy chocolate milkshake.

($13.00 + tax 500ml Bottle) $70.20 per ½ case (6 bottles) (10% discount)

The nose is complex with big notes of chocolate and vanilla getting support from more subtle hints of rum, oak and coffee.

The porter pours a rich dark brown, almost black. With moderate carbonation and a large amounts of malt the head is tight and firm, medium brown and leaves a heavy lacing.

An otherwise fuller mouthfeel is lightened up by the oak, which acts to dry out the finish a bit. The aging on vanilla beans paired with the moderate carbonation helps to smooth out the dry oak.

The nose gives way to a rich and complex flavor beginning with notes of chocolate, vanilla and oak from the barrel. The rum comes through in the end with further malt support of coffee.

Stats:

O.G. 1.076 (18.5 P)

A.E. 1.013 (3.3 P)

ABV 8.2

CALORIES 190 (per 250ml serving)

BU 31

SRM 36

MALT: Pale, Munich, Chocolate, Crystal, Smoked

HOPS: Cascade, East Kent Goldings

YEAST WLP001 (American Ale Yeast)

Storage: This beer should be stored upright in a cool, dark place, such as a cellar or cool closet. With proper care this beer should age well.