infinitetease (13) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at 1702 (of course) on 2/8/12. The beer arrived almost black with a rich, dark head. Its nose is roasted malt with aromas of chocolate, coffee and subtle hops. These flavors come through on the tongue. The body is full, malty and mildly sweet, with a slight fruity tartness on the finish. The beer is hoppy without being bitter, well balanced and not hot.
Overall, Down Pourter is a very drinkable beer, with everything you’d expect in an Imperial Porter, without being way over the top.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2012 Sampled 1702, Tucson; February 2012
The beer arrives from the tap with a nicely browned head, that sits on top of a deep black colored beer that has some concentrated brown hues to it. The aroma has ample chocolate aromatics (mostly evocative of dark chocolate), sweet coffee liquor like aromatics, and some burnt prune notes as it warms up.
The flavor is quite bitter, with burnt, black malt up front, that couples with a solid carbonic bite, and lots of dark chocolate flavors. Underneath the sometimes too expressive carbonation is a rich body, that is quite a bit more noticeable after the excessive carbonation is shaken forcefully out. Roasted plum flavors mixes with the alcohol flavors towards the finish and there are other, more mellow fruit notes that get contributed as the beer warms up. A huge roasted flavor, coupled with an ample dark malt sweetness, makes me think of this beer as a huge stout more than a porter. Ample roasted coffee flavors, a burnt nuttiness, whole grain brown toasted flavors all contribute to the complex, dark malt profile that dominates this beer. The beer is actually somewhat hoppy, though this struggles to come through the rich, dark malt; mostly it is slightly herbal and somewhat bitter in its hop accent.
I probably like this a bit more than the mescal-oak version; this is a great base beer, and even though the mescal / oak added interesting character, I like the balance of this version a bit more.