I tried Schell’s Stout while over at Josh’s on Saturday night. It was important to me that I drink a thicker man beer as we were being coaxed into watching Baby Mama with our ladies. Actually I had wanted to see that a bit myself, mainly because Tina Fey is awesome, and hot. Anyway, the beer was really good, very sweet and chocolatey, which now as I’m typing I’m realizing means that it is probably not very manly at all. But at least it’s dark. Ok, I guess the jig is up, I like girl movies and sweet chocolate beers.
My wife is laughing at me because I took the thermometer out to check the temp of the beer after I poured it. I like my Stouts and Porters warmer. So instead of putting the bottles in the fridge, I put in down the basement. Usually, I leave them down there for a awhile to cool, but in this case I didn’t so I wanted to know the temp—60 degrees a little warm, but not too bad. Anyway, I found this to be interesting Porter. It has a great chocolate aroma and taste. I agree with the bottle–a nice beer to drink next to the fire on a cold winter’s night!!
“Not a fan of Rush/ a bit too trippy for me / this porter rocks, though.”Haiku #5, collect ’em all.Pouring this into a Flat Earth snifter, maybe not the perfect vessel, but my FE pint glass is dirty. Dark, fairly black, nicely toasted tan head. Roasty, bittersweet nose, some espresso notes, cocoa, vanilla & cream. Rye really comes through.Solid. Good entry on the palate, even, smoothish, well-balanced, dry finish. Roasty, some coffee feel, some chocolate, hardly any sweetness, ultimately dry. Medium bodied, long, dry finish. Like they say on the label, it really is a porter like no other, and I’ve got to give it up for that. Very satisfactory. I’m partial to porters, and I think they’ve got a winner, here. 6.5% alcohol, a bit high for a porter, but when it’s as cold as it is tonight, I’ll take all the heat I can get!This pleases me the more I drink it. Great to have another well-done locally-brewed porter, and an acceptable alternative to Surly Bender!