Cole's Porter was named to celebrate the birth of Brewer Skip Virgilio’s first child, Cole Steven Virgilio. Cole was born on September 12, 1997 and the bittersweet chocolate porter which bears his name is released every winter. There is nothing like a rich, dark ale at the fireside to warm the toes and spirit.
Appearance: Deep brown, almost black until held to the light when it becomes deep ruby. Dense tan head leaves foamy lacework on glass. Flavor: Rich chocolate and malt flavors to start. Finishes dry with some bite from a liberal dose of hops. The hops blend well with malt flavors and make their presence clear in the slightly bitter finish. Aroma: bittersweet chocolate and slight roasted coffee are the main contributors. Malt and subtle fruit aromas from hops and yeast fermentation play in the background.Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium-bodied, almost creamy.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2000
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A top 10 Porter on my list. Nice malt and hop nose, Caramel and roasted grains and a nice dry finish.
CE619 (81) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
a very nice porter, especially when served from the cask, which really allows the hops to blend nicely with the smoky, roasted malt.
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