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Buzzards Bay 1602 Colonial Style Porter

Buzzards Bay 1602 Colonial Style Porter
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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
OK, hereís a dilemma that the colonies dealt with: we order some Porter from our cousin in England and when the hearty brew arrives via boat, well, it isnít like it was back home; the rish sweetness has dried out and the beer is decidedly tart. And so it is with our special release small batch 1602 Colonial Porter. This slightly soured beer has lots of dark roasted malts and plenty of rich layered complexity. Great brew for hearty winter fare like yankee pot roast, beef stew or robust venison dishes. Oh, and in case youíre wondering, 1602 was the year that Buzzards Bay was discovered by the English explorer, Gosnold.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (19648) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2012
31st August 2009
Tasting at Mes and Sims flat. Opaque black porter. Short lived brown head. Light dry palate. Sourish light malt, very lightly toasted. Tangy licorice. Finishes airy and dry and with mild fruit sourness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2010
Bottle via Beth and Jeff. Dark pour with purple highlights. Aroma has some roasted malts, fruit, red wine and a faint sourness. Flavor has more sourness right away, some more red wine and hint of chocolate. Light roasted malts and some grape skin. A bit thin overall and kind of odd. Wasnít really expecting sour but according to the deScription it is what is says. I kept sipping and still after I finished a glass I wasnít sure if I like it or not so I poured some more. Still canít decide.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 10, 2010
750ml bottle. Deep coffee brown with a small bubbly beige head. Light sour notes (another infected one from buzzards bay??). Some toasted malts, bitter sweet chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of roasted malt and earthy. Tastes roasty and nutty with some chocolate hints and a lactic sourness on the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
harrisoni (15792) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2009
Bottle at MesandSimís tasting Aug 09. Black, tan head. Liquorice on aroma and in flavour. Over carbonated so difficult to drink and even trying to de-gas it didnít make a huge difference. A little thin in the mouthfeel. Some coffee flavour on the swallow. Not great and a bit thin overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (10255) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2009
750ml bottle shared courtesy of Josh. Poured a dark brown color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of roastiness, caraeml, and some nuttiness. Tastes of roast, chocolate, nuts, and had a tart and light sourness that grew on me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5697) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Dark brown with a large, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, some chocolate, caramel, and wood. Taste of roasted malts, cocoa, smoke, and tart cherry / bacteria. I questioned this being a true porter, but having read the deScription, they really nailed this one! Thanks Josh!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 26, 2009
Pours a deep brown with a small bubbly tan head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, tobacco and nuts. Flavor of nuts, caramel, toffee, tobacco an tea.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2009
A Mes rate. Bottle at home.
Almost black with a thin beige head. This is actually really good. I honestly was not expecting much from this but I have to say this is a really good US take of an English style done in a traditional and very authentic way. Maybe it lacks a little body but the roast malt and slight sourness are spot on. Faint liquorice and nutty notes. Lovely and dry. Maybe a little too carbonated but itís not too much of a problem. Very good all round.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 7, 2009
Really only rating 2. surprised. 750ml, that I got via trade a ways back, canít recall exactly from who shared with dalekliz. Pours blackish brown with a tan head. Nose is sweet tart and sour in there too. Taste is tart funky, wow really pretty damn good and interesting. yum, weird, yum.

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