A: Deep amber with a faint tint of ruby, then a precious stone like shine. Delicate bubbles in dark tan.
S: Brown sugar, little coffee.
T: None of the sweetness suggested in the nose. And then the next surprise is the dryness. Dark fruit but not typical sweet profile. Thick mouthfeel is balanced by the small bubble carbonation. There a kind of bitterness but I couldn't nail the potential sources.
O: Like this brew. Not a typical Porter in any way, but I'm know that's where the brewers were headed. My fav part is the balanced of the dryness, low sweetness, and complex background flavor notes. Makes me want to find more beers from this place.
"Well ya see, Norm, it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers." - Cliff Clavin, of Cheers