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ABC Brewing Driftwood Porter

ABC Brewing Driftwood Porter
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ABC Brewing (Andrimne/Black Cat)
Brewed at Valhalla

Style: Porter
Stavanger, Norway


on tap


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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.15/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
The malty richness of a British porter married with tell tale signs of American citrus hops. This beer was designed to capture the best of two worlds and to be an easy drinking and enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (14057) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 21, 2014
On tap at Henriks. Red dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is smoked, roasted malt, hop, coffee. Flavour is smoked, roasted malt, hop, coffee, chocolate. Full body. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cmc619 (501) - California, USA - AUG 23, 2014
At a nice little restaurant in Bergen - tried this with meatballs dish. Awesome dark chocolate thing going, plus smoke and wood. The Norwegian brewers have the smoke thing down. Excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Meilby (10934) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 21, 2014
Draught @ Henrik Øl og Vinstove, Bergen
Pours dark reddish brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate and hint of smoke. Taste is light to medium sweet, light bitter and light sour with a long slightly sour and roasted finish. Body is medium, texture is thin, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (16483) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 15, 2014
On tap at Henriks. It pours a creamy finger thick beige head over a clear dark brown body. Lacings. Lots of roasted malts on the nose, bordering bonfire, with dark dried fruits and blue plums. It’s dry and bitter on the palate, with a nice carbonation level. Roasted malts and bonfire notes in the flavor, some bitterness. Lasting finish. A tasteful and easy drinkable beer that I could easily drink a few of. 140516

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MartinT (9292) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Chestnuts and caramel move into a fruity second half in this lightly tart Porter.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the dark brown.
-Carbonation is soft, but drinkabilty is hindered by the clashing specialty malts and tartness.
-Mouthfeel is lean.
-This is the second ABC brew I had on this evening which felt slightly off...

On tap at Henrik Ol & Vinstove.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsga (7251) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 6, 2014
Small creamy beige head. Clear deep dark red body. Roasty perfumy chocolate aroma with mealy wooden notes. Dry, faintly acidic, roasty earthy plastic taste with linoleum and fruity notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft, mealy mouthfeel. Dry roasty burnt fruity aftertaste with blackberry and toffee notes. Sooty flavour lingers. It’s mostly good, but the burnt and blackberry combination does not appeal to me. (0.2l draft at Henriks, Bergen.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
abemorsten (3508) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - APR 3, 2014
On tap at Henrik, Bergen. Clear deep mahogany body with a light brown head. Malty, toasted, smokey nose. Smokey, light sour malty flavor with a long fireplace finish. Medium to full bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClubGonzo (5406) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 19, 2013
On tap @ Henrik, Bergen. Pours a deep brown, near-black body with a deep red taint. Nose is licorice, dark chocolate, cold coffee, hints of wood and tar. Taste is burnt sugar, bitter herbs, coffee, hints of smoke, tar and dark chocolate. Light body, almost a bit watery, with a parching, dry mouthfeel and soft to medium carbonation. Not too bad, but far from the best from ABC.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ej (1233) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - DEC 12, 2013
On tap @ Henrik. Close to black with a small, tan head. Roasty and hoppy aroma, some liquorice and hints of tar. Taste is roasty, leathery with loads of liquorice. Finishes slightly dry and bitter.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Inbreak (4426) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - DEC 9, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2013 07.12.2013, tap @ Henrik Øl og Vinstove:
Cencored version. Original rated "6 ft. under"; apparently grown up people has to be protected against the hard truth:
Tiny shortlasting head. Aroma is slightly neutral and sour, dark malts, chlorine, grass, sour coffee, caramel. Taste is kind of harsh and sour, dark malts, chlorine, sour coffee, soap, grass, cardboard, butterscotch. Longlasting harsh bitterness. Sorry ABC, blame Henrik and the bad tap lines, yet again! And this was even the better one from two glasses, having to argue to getting a new glass for free, while they claimed there was nothing wrong with the beer. Serious pubs beeing proud of sering good beers, empty their tap lines for old beer every day before opening, Henrik don’t....

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