Ball Tick Porter. This beer was made at beer camp, yes, Beer Camp. The 25th Beer camp that Sierra has offered, included only 12 prominent beer folk from Philadelphia.
This cast of Publicans(Tom, Fergie, Spanky, Scoats, Bruce, Adam, myself and token Terry), beer writers (Don and Lew, sorry Jack), and craft distributors (Matt and Greg) rolled into Chico full of ideas; some agreeable to all, some agreeable only to one. The original name for the beer was D. Port Her. In honor of Terry, of the London Grill, who the boys constantly and unanimously voted against her style and ingredient choices 11-1 time and time again... We didn’t want almonds in our beer. So, we ended up with a Philly-Style Porter; drinkable, balanced, ultra subtle hints of smoke. Roast and hops find balance in this much overlooked and unappreciated style. Try one now, and try one next year after Vinnie ages some for us in Dumol Pinot Noir barrels. Say wow. 5.8%ABV.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at SN, listed at 5.8%. Black with clear Ruby edges and a one finger dark beige head, fair retention. Aroma is mainly mixed roasted nuts with some soy, chocolate following. Flavor turns more milk chocolatey but still has the elements of soy, light vanilla is added. Light alcohol noted. Finishes semi-dry with some grainy notes, bitterness at a 4 and kinda burnt. Moderate carbonation with a medium body. Not bad, but seems more like a big robust brown than a porter.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at TND: Aroma of roasted malt, slight chocolate, slight hops, and a hint of vanilla. Poured extremely dark amber/dark brown in color with a large, creamy, dense, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and medium to heavily bitter. Tastes of roasted malt, slight chocolate, slight vanilla, grains, bitter hops, slight piney hops, and a hint of smoke. Medium body. Tingly, then dry texture. Average to lively carbonation. Roasted malt and slight chocolate finish is bitter and dry.
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