Stone Smoked Porter

As I sit here with a beautiful porter and an Xbox headset around my head I am writing a somewhat rushed review. I don’t want to miss out on reviewing this lovely beer. I plan on writing it in between rounds, let’s see how it works out.

First of all, I remember drinking another brew from Stone called Double Bastard. It was pretty damn strong and pretty damn good to say the least. Stone takes a lot of pride in their beer. They leave a lovely description on each different type of brew. I’m partial to porters and stouts, well anything darker really. I do enjoy a good IPA every now and then though… Alright, alright I’m partial to good beer.

Anyways… This beauty pours out extremely dark. Oh shit the round is starting, I’ll brb.

Excellent, just had the last kill. For those of you that don’t know, if you get the last kill on the winning team they replay it for everyone to see. Needless to say I feel fantastic.  Now back to the beer.

The head on this brew was pretty damn thick as you can see. It faded at a moderate pace though. God this beer is dark, almost black. It looks delicious to me, a heady dark beauty for sure. How does she smell though?

She definitely smells smoked, that’s one thing for certain. I can’t smell much else, very dark smelling if that makes sense. I smell the smokiness more than anything else, and maybe the malts.  Ah well, taste was always my forte.

The taste…Wow very, very nice.
The smokiness is there but not overwhelming. I’ve definitely had some overwhelmingly smoky beers before, and this is far from it. It’s a well-balanced satisfying taste with just a hint of light-heartedness. Another drag…wow…simply superb porter right here. It goes extremely well with the subtle smoky flavor. I mean,  it’s a beautiful combination, one you should definitely experience if you like darker beer. This beer feels serious but flavorful at the same time.  She has great body as well, smooth and silky like a good porter should be. The carbonation is pretty nonexistent but that’s expected of porters.

Overall a great beer. It shares many qualities of a great woman. A lovely full-bodied beauty that isn’t afraid to give an excessive amount of head.

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Fuller’s London Porter

**NOTE TO READERS** I write these reviews while drinking and don’t post them until later, that is why the post date doesn’t line up with any date cited in the review itself. **NOTE TO READERS**

Ah, another beautiful Sunday morning is upon us. What better way to start my day than with a nice London Porter….Ok, so maybe I am a borderline alcoholic. Or perhaps I just have a profound appreciation for excellent beer. Regardless, here are my rantings about this particular brew:

First of all, the bottle entices me with its presentation. A very appealing motto: “Rich, Dark & complex”
You sold me Fuller’s! Now let’s see if you can make good on these claims.

It pours very very dark brown, almost black. Well that’s one adjective confirmed, looking good so far! The head is 1 finger at the most and dissipates quickly, quite expected for a porter.

As I refrain from drinking to simply smell this brew I have to say it reminds me of a Guinness Stout.  Perhaps a little lighter smelling with a hint of chocolate Ah yes! In fact upon inspecting the bottle it states: “smooth and creamy with delicious chocolate and coffee flavours” Notice the UK spelling of flavor… ah yes my friends we are in it now!

This is in fact an import direct from Britain herself. I must say I do have an underlying built-in appreciation for imports, simply due to the fact they travel so far to reach me. I should be amazed by No. 2 pencils in the same way but they don’t taste as good.

“Taste?”, you say, “My, I wonder what it tastes like!” Well you’re in luck friend! This blog is all about beer so lets take a taste of this porter:
Ah yes, the bitterness in there quite reminds me of a Guinness Stout, but it’s not as prominent, it takes a back seat to the coffee and chocolate. In fact I cannot taste the coffee and chocolate separately, they merge into a nice mild flavor. It’s definitely not overwhelmingly flavored it’s more of an aftertaste mixed with a slight bitterness.That sounds like complex flavor to me, that’s 2 out of 3 so far!

The body is in fact rich. I’ll skip the drumroll and tell you that’s the first thing that hit my mind about the feel (Or mouthfeel for you snobs out there) so congrats to Fuller for making good on all three claims! It’s also very smooth with just a hint of carbonation and bite. I believe porter is closely related to wine so it does feel a bit more like wine, ah let me check Wikipedia quickly.
Now this is truly funny, if you look up this site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porter_%28beer%29
That’s the exact beer I am drinking, THE definition of Porter according to Wikipedia! My my what a gem I’ve stumbled upon. Now to check the details on Porters…

Ah I was wrong, it is the weakest version of Stout. In fact, Guinness Extra Stout was originally called “Extra Superior Porter” They changed the name in 1840 so I doubt any of you remember when that was true! If you can please contact Guiness…the World Book of records that is! (Sorry I won’t ever make a joke like that again I swear!) So I’ve learned something about porters today and I will continue to learn and enjoy fine beer.
Not for you readers out there, no, this is for my own enjoyment. But why not share that enjoyment like a nice beer?

Until next beer this is Brian signing out!

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