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Church-Key Basil Chocolate Porter

Church-Key Basil Chocolate Porter
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Formerly brewed at Church-Key Brewing
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Campbellford, Canada


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RATINGS: 3   MEAN: 2.93/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
One-off cask version made for Volo in early 2006.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
fullers (269) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2010
Cask Sample Toronto Beer Experience 2010 Had over ice. Not much aroma. Awful muddy flavour and texture. Couldn’t finish the small sample glass. End of the evening, I had saved this to the end, so probably not a fair appreciation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomthompson89 (1977) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2006
love seeing breweries that are not afraid to do new things!!!! great basil flavour almost like a chocolate chai beer. had it at Volo

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2006
From my original notes: Thanks to John from Church Key for experimenting and to Ralph at Volo for having this cask on. Had it moments after it was first tapped, and this is when it was surprisingly at its best. I’m not sure why, but basil totally worked in this aroma. It dominated, but it added a nice sweetness to the thin chocolate. The appearance was the same as the standard chocolate porter, thin dark brown, small beige cask head. The taste didn’t work quite as well as the aroma, but still worked. Again, the basil, instead of sticking out of place, blended nicely and made this very sweet. As a sample it worked. As a point after a day on, not so much. The spic dominated and became almost undrinkable. By the third or fourth day, this went off, showing what a delicate balancing act these can be. But again, kudos to John for the experimentation!

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