Good Evening Ladies and Gentlemen,
As per Interest with in the community, I have decided to share with all of you my passion for beer. I've been saying I was going to start doing
reviews for a while now, due to work, family, and my overburden of Hobbies I have been slacking off a little.
How ever, slacking off and enjoying a beer go hand in hand. Now that I'm not sanding a guitar, or dragging in a 5lb rainbow trout I have plenty of
time to go forth and review.
Today's Beer is Called Black Death, Porter. It's brewed by a company called Russel Brewing company.
They have been around since 1995, but share many recipes with their sister company Fort Gary Brewery which has been bringing delicious unpasteurized
micro brews to consumers since the 1930's.
Porter, is a dark beer originating in london in the 18th century, and is a descendant of Brown Ale. Traditionally they are well hopped, and made from
brown malt. It shares many similarities with stout, and many differences.
Introducing Russel's Black Death Porter.
I will admit, the name entirely enticed me into this beer. I absolutely lust of dark hearty beer, and being a porter this beer was immediately
attractive to me. The Name Black Death, immediately inspired thoughts of a deliciously contagious beer ready to make it's outbreak into the world.
I decided to enjoy this beer in a stout glass, as dark beer should be plenty of room for head, and a wide mouth to present the nose with it's
This beer poured really smooth, as dark a beer as they come. How ever I was really disappointed in the head of this beer. It was really, light with a
color similar to that of a mild oatmeal stout. This could be due to the fact the beer may have been slightly over chilled. I decided to have this beer
at about 14C which is fairly typical of a porter.
Many of the porters I hold in high regard tend to have a lighter fluffier head, that lingers well into the first few sips. I found the head almost
disappeared once I dove in for my first taste.
As far as the sent goes this porter is right up there. Very light aroma, not displeasing to the senses at all. You can smell the Malt, with an almost
toasted marshmallow/coffee aroma.
As far as the taste goes, it's an average porter. Hints of coffee, mildly bitter, with a hint of caramel aftertaste. It feels nice in the mouth, very
silky doesn't coat the tongue or throat.
All in all, it is a pleasant beer. I would absolutely drink it again, and though I may not recommend it to first time dark beer drinkers it is a nice
beer. It doesn't sit heavy in your stomach, and it is more than palatable.
I think this beer would go very nice with beef, or salty foods as it would counteract some of it's bitterness.
Well ATS, this is my very first review. It was not my first choice as a review, and it's a tad rushed but I have to break the ice some how. I had
begun work reviewing an Amber ale, but have seemed to lose my word file, and could not give it the appropriate review so many days later.
I do have a stout I will be reviewing another day. I am open to all requests and suggestions and would love to hear some feedback. My reviews will be
more in depth as they go along. I am not sure of a rating system for the beer as my tastes are likely incredibly different than everyone else. This in
part is why I would love to try some beers many of you enjoy so that I can perhaps give you a better understanding of my own experience.
Please enjoy responsibly,