February 27, 2008

Piedmont Porter.

Three down and three to go in ďThe History of Beer in AmericaĒ collection my father gave me for Christmas. Tonight I thought Iíd be a little wild and go for the porter. I was tired of the lighter beers and wanted something that was a little heftier. Tonight Iím reviewing the Piedmont Porter by MDII in Rochester, NY. Sorry, I still donít have any reputable information about this alleged brewery.

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We have our standard 12 oz brown bottle with a yellowed label made to look like paper from the 1860s. There is a lot of information on the label; the main thing is that there is a logo of an eagle at the top with the name of the beer under it.

When poured into a glass it has a very nice dark brown color with rich garnet highlights. A half in thick tan head consisting of a mix of fine and large bubbles formed that faded slowly into a film on the top of the beer. There was some lacing on the side of the glass that lasted for the duration.

The smell was a little weak. What was detectable was a combination of malts, coffee and a touch of sweet molasses. There were other aromas mixed in, but they were too weak to be able to discern. The taste was mostly coffee malts. There was a slight bitterness to it of burnt grains that really wasnít all that flattering. This really didnít taste like a porter.

This is a medium bodied beer. It really didnít have the typical coating or mouth feel one would think of in a porter.

If Miller or Anheuser-Busch made a porter, it probably would be like this. Nothing all that special, itís darker in color and has a slight porter taste. Over all I give this beer a 4 out of 10.

Posted by Contagion in Alcohol at February 27, 2008 06:57 PM | TrackBack