Name of beer
Brass Castle Brewery
Malton, North Yorkshire, England
What the brewer says
“Robust dark porter, enhanced with vanilla.”
I’m half way through this 500ml bottle and I’m still not sure of something. To make matters worse, I’m not 100% certain what that ‘something’ is.
It’s not the rather odd label. I’ve got over the fact that the brewery’s logo typeface needs deciphering. I’ve come to terms with the rather Ann Summers*-esque colour scheme, as well. (*I’m told they do some things in pink and black.)
It’s not whether I like the beer. I do.
I wonder, perhaps, if I’m over-thinking it. Yes, it’s a nice porter. I like porter. It’s possible that I am trying to rank it with other porters and give it a hierarchical place.
The first sniff is full of promise, with that lovely roasted aroma that comes with a porter.
To taste, it’s slightly sharp, almost fizzy, on the front of the tongue, but the roasted flavours linger for a very pleasant aftertaste.
I’ll be honest, I don’t get the vanilla particularly strongly, but that doesn’t detract from an overall nice porter. If you spot it on a shelf, put aside expectations of baby oil, it’s not a sexy drink.
This is a beer you can savour. If you wish to rank it among other porters, go ahead, but don’t let it stop you enjoying it.
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