Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Rock Art Brewery Double Porter Smoked - Gus #34

Today's brew (should have been yesterday's) comes from a brewery in Morrisville, Vermont.  This is my first brew from them but, I have heard some good things about this and other brews.  This one is a double porter that has smoked malt in the brewing process.  I have been getting more into smoked beers so this should be interesting.  It has been the perfect weather around here for a dark brew with some heft behind it.  This 8.0% ABV should help warm things up.  This is the review of Rock Art Brewery's Double Porter Smoked.

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Information from the website:

About the Beer:
Style:  Smoked Imperial Porter
Alcohol by Volume:  8.00%
IBUs:  60

"This deep dark brew may help to tame those cool evenings and put a little spunk in the long nights.  You'll flavor the sweet caramel malts, roasted grains, a big mouth feel and a touch of smoked grain.  Serve this baby up with a nice grilled salmon steak and lemon butter sauce (easy on the sauce, a light brush or two) Continuing to grill, wedge up some previously baked potatoes heat them through and crisp up the edges, slightly burnt on a few.  Slice some eggplant about 3/4 of an inch and put some nice diamond grill marks on the sides.  On the side mix up a baby greens salad with a little mescaline mix, spinach leaves, thin sliced carrots, a few cherry tomatoes sprinkle with balsamic vinaigrette, a few capers and a little fresh grated parmesan cheese."

I poured this brew into my Cigar City snifter glass.

Appearance:  The brew poured a somewhat clear, somewhat muddy brown into the glass.  The pour yielded an almost two finger head.  The head was off white almost khaki in color and had a mixture of sizes of bubbles.  After a few minutes all but a ring around the glass and a floating island of bubbles was all that remained.  The brew definitely was brown not black.  It was opaque but the edges of the glass did allow some light to come through.  Retained it's dark brown color after the pour was complete. Alcohol legs were around the glass mixed in with a little bit of brown film as you swirled it in the glass.  Overall a nice looking porter.  I would have liked to see a little more color or what color there be a little darker.  It gives the impression of a light mouthfeel which I don't prefer in a brew like this.

Aroma:  The nose opened up with light smoke, hints of caramel and just a little bit of a woody aroma.  Minor hints of some toffee and just a little bit of coffee.  I kept looking for some chocolate and bigger hints of coffee but it wasn't there.  It had some hints of smoked tobacco and actually maybe a little hint of a dirt smell.  The smoke came out more as it warmed up but it nothing was just a huge player in this one for the aroma.  No traces of alcohol were picked up at all.

Taste:  Taste brought out some of the chocolate I was looking for.  Still had the caramel and hints of toffee.  Not much coffee aroma at all.  A slight dark chocolate bitterness that could possibly be called a coffee bitterness I suppose.  But the big thing was the tobacco flavor in this one.  It was very nice.  Slight hints of smoke but nothing just too overwhelming.  The tobacco was very interesting to get out of it but I guess it could be expected out of a smoked brew.  Mouthfeel was as expected, light and carbonation was medium.  No hint of alcohol even as the brew warmed up.  Just more tobacco flavors.

Verdict:  This was a nice brew.  It was nothing outstanding but it was good.  The tobacco was something I really liked and made me want to try this brew paired with a nice cigar.  I think it would go well with something off of the grill just like website said.  I'd go more with ribs or a brisket over the salmon though.  While it was an above average brew it was nothing spectacular and I wouldn't break the bank or your back trying to seek it out.  For a score I'm going to give it a B-.  Slightly above average.

Thanks for reading and let me know what you think if you have had this or any other smoked brews.  I'm not sure how popular they are yet but I have had some really great ones and some I wish I hadn't drank.  Remember to comment, subscribe and follow!