Beer Style: Porter

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Ranging in colour from light brown to almost black, Porter is a beer style with a long and interesting history. Born in 18th Century Britain, the industrial revolution was in full swing and most documentation from the day claims that Porter evolved from a blend of three different beers: old ale, new ale and mild ale. This older combination was known at the time as “Entire Butt” or “Three Threads” and was supposedly very popular with London’s Porters (men who carted goods around the city).

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Harviestoun Old Engine Oil

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

The founder of the Harviestoun Brewery is said to have spent much of his working life before brewing crafting wooden prototype designs for Ford. Legend has it after he made the switch to brewing the appearance of this brew reminded him of  the engine oil he had spent his former years working around. This Porter style beer is 6% alcohol hails from Alva in Scotland and is the perfect winter drop from some folk we assume would know a thing or two about the cold.
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Murrays Dark Knight – 4.5% Alcohol

Friday, March 19th, 2010

This brew poured into a glass dark almost black in colour with an off white coloured head around 1cm in height on top, which settled down to a generous lacing over the space of 1-2 minutes. On the nose coffee, roasted nuts, chocolate predominate with the odd mild hint of aniseed.

On the palate the Dark Knight has a very creamy mouth feel, and a low level of carbonation. Cherry, chocolate and burnt caramel flavours are plentiful ending slightly sweet with a a hint of dark chocolate.

Verdict: This is the third time I have had the Murrays Dark Knight Porter and it doesn’t seem to get old! Its balance is perfect and is and all round ultra smooth drop.

Rating: 8.3 / 10

Link: Murrays Brewing Co

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Bright Staircase Porter – 5.7% Alcohol – Vic

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Its that time of year again in Sydney when it gets cold, and our drinking preferences change from super chilled light easy drinking lagers to something a bit more refined with plenty of body. Something to sip on slowly and ponder the flavours on a cold winters night.

The Bright Staircase porter is the perfect match to the genre, emptying the bottle into a glass you are greeted by a brew, black as the ace of spades accompanied with a white creamy tightly packed headed which slowly dies down after a few minutes. This beer’s aroma predominantly features toasted coffee with hints of cocoa. On the palate it come across slightly sweet with on at the start, followed by blast of flavour comes through mid way featuring sweet oatmeal and coffee flavours with the odd hint of chocolate leaving an after-taste which is predominated by toffee and caramel notes

To drink i found this beer to be somewhat similar in flavour to a Coopers Stout although a fair bit smoother.

**Best enjoyed around 8 – 9 Degrees Celsius to let the full range of flavours shine though.

Verdict: An excellent dark beer, great to sip on a cold rainy winters night. Order yourself a case online from the brewery you won’t regret it!

Rating: 8.3 / 10

Link: Bright Brewery

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