Broke this bad boy out on Thanksgiving. This beer is absolutely
Toffee, plum, and mild Cascade hop aroma gives way to toffee, plum, cherry, raisin, chocolate, and honey notes. Well balanced with a full body and smooth hop bitterness you would expect from a porter. A dense, milk chocolate head quickly falls but leaves a ring all the way to the bottom of the glass. Finishes with a nice alcohol warmth which is the first hint of the 10.5% ABV in this beer. Somewhat chewy but dangerously drinkable, it finishes dry enough you keep wanting to go back for another (half) pint.
This beer would be utterly fantastic to serve on Nitro (a project for when I do it again for next winter!).
I like this beer so much I will be scaling down the recipe to make a normal strength porter.
I would not change a thing with this recipe, it accomplishes everything I wanted. Those of you who are fans of English hops could certainly use them. I prefer the American hops myself, in the style of the porter produced by the west coast breweries.