Happy Sunday Funday ya’ll! I love college football season. I spent the weekend hanging out with some of my best friends and tailgating for far too long. With the heat index in the triple digits, we learned that we are now old and washed. However, we rallied and made it to the game to watch UCF absolutely dismantle Stanford. Even though we were up 38-7 at half, we got no love in the polls unlike the “vaunted” UF which barely hung on to beat an unranked Kentucky with a backup QB in. But that’s another blog for another day.
As this is my first porter and five gallon batch, I’m excited to see how it turns out. Either I will have a lot of good beer, or a bunch of beer to dump. This style happens to be my dad’s favorite, so I named it for him. Growing up, he called my brothers and I roaches whenever we acted up. Since he was the head of the household, he called himself King Roach. Without further ado, here is my review!
Appearance: This pours a midnight black with a latte colored head that started at about an inch, but is still hanging around with about a quarter inch. It is also extremely clear. Since this is about 5% ABV, you will see longer head retention.
Aroma: I also experimented for the first time with fermenting over spices. The aroma is dominated by clove, star anise, and wintertime spices. There is a touch of bitter cooking chocolate on the end that tells me there will be some roasted malt to this. For my spices, I added star anise and cinnamon, but didn’t have as much as I would’ve liked to add. With a lower addition of the spices, I did not expect these spices to be so prominent.
Taste: Wow, the taste is almost the opposite of what the aroma profile is. You get a ton of roasted and chocolatey malts up front that transition to a slightly spicy and minty finish. The flavors are more subdued than a high gravity stout such as an Old Rasputin, but it makes it much more drinkable. For my next batch, I will definitely boost the mash bill which should boost not only the flavors, but also the ABV. However, I will keep my spice addition the same so it stays balanced.
Mouthfeel: This is a bit thin to me. King Roach Porter is a great choice for a 95 degree Florida summer day when you want a dark beer, but as it cools off (if it cools off), this would leave me wanting more.
Value: I got a yield of (53) 12 ounce bottles, and it ran me about $1.50/each. So it suffices to say, I’m not doing this to save money.
Overall: Trying to be unbiased, I would put this at a 5 or 6/10 depending on how you like your porters. The aroma is spicy with some chocolate hops sneaking through and the flavor is mostly chocolate and roasted with a crisp finish of spice and mint on the back end. For anyone wanting to try it, we are having a UCF vs Pitt watch party some come on by ya’ll!
Until next time, tight lines and cheers!