Holy crap! It's been over a week since I last posted on the blog and it's been since right before Christmas when I last posted a beer review!! I am incredibly busy with my job and life at the moment but this is something that must be rectified! Here is a review of one of the last beers I had in Austin last year before I moved..
Real Ale Brewing Company - Shade Grown Coffee Porter
Beer Type: American Porter
Appearance: 12 oz. brown bottle with a Real Ale style logo that looks a bit like a bag of coffee beans. Beer poured a dark brown/dark red color with a thin head.
Smell: Coffee, chocolate, and something nutty. Smells a little subdued for a porter.
First Drink: A lot more flavor here than the aroma hinted at. First up is the coffee, followed quickly by dark roasted malt and chocolate flavors.
Mouthfeel: Thin and carbonated in the style of all the Real Ale brews I have had but it has a nice smooth quality.
Last Drink: The chocolate flavors really come through as the beer warms up and the coffee sticks around for a long time.
Drinkability: I can't complain. Not the best porter I have had but this is certainly one of the best Real Ale beers I have tried.
Notes: This beer was a limited edition brew. I only saw it in the stores in Austin for a few weeks before it vanished. I hope I get the chance to drink it again some time!
Verdict: 4 out of 5. Left me wanting more.