In this spring seasonal beer blog, we are going to sample the new spring seasonal, which is Portage Porter, from New Belgium Brewery. This craft brewery is always changing it up on all their seasonals. They normally switch seasonal brews every two years but they have been switching them sooner if they are not selling. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know New Belgium Brewery. Let us get into this porter.
It has a jet black color with a constant tan head on this porter. The aroma has a chocolate to coffee notes. The taste of this American porter has a nice creamy chocolate to toffee notes. The aftertaste has a dry chocolate to coffee finish. It is kind of drinkable beer.
Here is a description from their website (www.newbelgium.com):
A great porter just feels right in your hand. And carrying a glass of Portage Porter is no different. An opaque, brown pour, this beer presents with coffee and chocolate aromas, with hints of toast and smoked almonds. The taste follows suit, adding an upfront sweetness and a slight, roasty bitterness to back it up. Creamy and wonderful, this porter sips a medium body and finishes dry and delightful. Portage Porter carts itself towards perfection. Just tip your glass and keep smiling. Available January 2015.
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Ending, I did not see a normal American porter coming from New Belgium Brewery. On top of that, it is a spring seasonal. Now, my head is starting to spin. This spring seasonal as a porter makes some sense. This is why. It was released about the half way point of the first quarter. I am talking late January and early February. I know here it is still winter. This is one reason this beer makes some sense. It is a light body porter and this is a second reason. It is not like most porters that are pretty heavy. I like it but it is not the best porter that I have had in my lifetime. I give credit for trying to do something new. I can see some craft beer drinkers loving this beer. I recommend it. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser