Buzzards Bay 1602 Colonial Style Porter



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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
OK, here’s 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 isn’t 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 you’re wondering, 1602 was the year that Buzzards Bay was discovered by the English explorer, Gosnold.

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madmitch76 (26413) - , 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.

auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2011
750mL bottle. Labeled "Gosnold’s Hope: 1602 Style Porter" purchased at the brewery - Westport, MA. Aroma has a nice roasty dark porter edge and a slight hint of acid. Pours black-brown. Flavors are mild, but solid. Gentle porter chocolate roast, burnt bits, and a gentle, soft mild lactic acidity. Very suave. I really enjoy the level of funk in this porter, it’s just the right amount to notice, but not too overbearing. Balanced. Very nice!

MaBeer1972 (2205) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 23, 2010
750 ml corked bottle. Labeled "Gosnold’s Hope: 1602 Style Porter", Just Beer (post Buzzard’s Bay version). Pours out jet black with a thin coffee colored head. Aroma is very malty and roasty. The flavor is quite interesting - unlike any other porter I’ve tried - starts out rich and malty but it has a surprising tartness on the backside, like tart cherries.

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. Wasn’t really expecting sour but according to the description it is what is says. I kept sipping and still after I finished a glass I wasn’t sure if I like it or not so I poured some more. Still can’t decide.

Snojerk321 (2984) - 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.

Cletus (6368) - 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.

harrisoni (19536) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2009
Bottle at MesandSim’s 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 didn’t make a huge difference. A little thin in the mouthfeel. Some coffee flavour on the swallow. Not great and a bit thin overall.

hopdog (13199) - 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.

egajdzis (6830) - 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!

TomDecapolis (4636) - 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.

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