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7% ABV, Draft

Appearance: Dark brown, essentially black (as the name implies) with a small, creamy head.
Aroma: Fungal and smoky.
Taste: Spices and a hint of vanilla almost disappear behind a tyranny of peat.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a clean finish.

This provocative beer is a love-it-or-hate-it, but well worth the experience either way. The smoky, earthy flavor comes from the peat-roasted malt and will give you plenty to talk about at the office on Monday.

7.2% ABV, Bottle

Appearance: Black with a medium tan head that lingers.
Aroma: Primarily smoky, with some chocolate and coffee.
Taste: Very bold flavors — smoke, chocolate, caramel, coffee and some vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Greenbush Distorter — the brewery’s version of a porter mixed with a stout — is a surprisingly lighter version of the dark brews I’ve come to love. Smoke and a coffee bitterness are the dominant flavors, but there’s also some chocolate, caramel and vanilla present. Overall this is a very smooth, enjoyable brew, and gives new life to the style.

6.5% ABV, Draft

Appearance: Black with a medium tan head.
Aroma: Some coffee and roasted nut.
Taste: Rich coffee flavor. Vanilla and nut, along with some subtle smoke.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Roasted nut and coffee is the name of the game here — Founders Porter combines well-balanced flavors that work together to make one of Founders’ most popular brews. It’s creamy, easy-drinking and a great porter that’s rich and enjoyable.

7.0% ABV, Bottle
Appearance: Predominantly black with reddish tint. Virtually no head.
Aroma: Chocolately, cherry and smokey.
Taste: Roasted flavor with hints of tart cherry.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and clean. Light to medium body.
Short’s Brewing Company is know for off the wall concoctions and a flair for the dramatic with its brews. But its Black Cherry Porter is simple, yet has just enough presence to distinguish it from the rest of the pack. The dark appearance compliment the roasted flavor giving you exactly what you’d expect. The mouthfeel and finish leave a tangy cherry taste that’s just sharp enough. Overall, this porter is a good one to pick up for your fall or winter repertoire.

7.0% ABV, Bottle

Appearance: Predominantly black with reddish tint. Virtually no head.
Aroma: Chocolately, cherry and smokey.
Taste: Roasted flavor with hints of tart cherry.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and clean. Light to medium body.

Short’s Brewing Company is know for off the wall concoctions and a flair for the dramatic with its brews. But its Black Cherry Porter is simple, yet has just enough presence to distinguish it from the rest of the pack. The dark appearance compliment the roasted flavor giving you exactly what you’d expect. The mouthfeel and finish leave a tangy cherry taste that’s just sharp enough. Overall, this porter is a good one to pick up for your fall or winter repertoire.

6.1% ABV, Draft

Appearance: Black with a small tan head.
Aroma: Coffee with some roasted qualities.
Taste: A slight coffee start which leads to some roasted bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied; very little carbonation.

The Hideout’s Leap Day Brown Porter is a different take on a coffee-style porter, featuring a decent malt profile and some roasted qualities that are typically found in brown ales. Don’t think of this like a coffee-crazy beer, though — Leap Day is a peculiar beer in that its flavors don’t dominate the palate. The taste starts out with some coffee, but then lends itself to more of a general roasted feeling with some bitterness.

4.8% ABV, Bottle

Appearance: Black with a small head.
Aroma: Smokey, chocolate and coffee.
Taste: A bit of a sour feature to it, but otherwise smoke, chocolate, vanilla and coffee.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Schmohz Mad Tom’s Robust Porter holds something I didn’t expect from a porter — a bit of a sour element. But surprisingly, it works. The smokiness of the brew offsets some of the sour qualities, and other flavors like chocolate, vanilla and coffee shine. Definitely a unique porter, and worth a try, if nothing else.

4.8% ABV, Bottle
Appearance: Black with a small head.
Aroma: Smokey, chocolate and coffee.
Taste: A bit of a sour feature to it, but otherwise smoke, chocolate, vanilla and coffee.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Schmohz Mad Tom’s Robust Porter holds something I didn’t expect from a porter — a bit of a sour element. But surprisingly, it works. The smokiness of the brew offsets some of the sour qualities, and other flavors like chocolate, vanilla and coffee shine. Definitely a unique porter, and worth a try, if nothing else.

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