Brew Mountains Brewery ‘Black Stuff’ Porter


52532784_1040907969426681_6305920225787248640_n“This full bodied twist on an English classic results in a creamy roasty-toasty Australian porter. The hop bitterness range is wide but well balanced and the grains strong and reassuringly present.”

Glassware: English pint.

Appearance: Dark brown with light cola hues. It produces a wispy overlay which gradually retreats to the rim. Laced well considering the lack of head.

Aroma: Almost like a sweet coffee and caramel syrup character initially. Reminds me of the caramel latte’s I used to drink when I was 18! Quite a strong mixed berry note to it as well – somewhat artificial at times and similar to blackcurrant roll ups and grape jubes. Very unique. Almost no typical porter qualities to it though.

Flavour: We’re struggling to work out where the beer is going. It’s sweet and fruity upfront, full of dark berries and forest fruits. It hits a very delicate roasty note midway which rolls in to a dry and toasty finish with subtle bittersweet chocolate on the rear.

Mouthfeel: Kind of creamy texture. Mild-moderate body with a hint of the 30 IBU coming through in the swallow.

Overall: After trying their pale, IPA and now the porter we can see a bit of a pattern with this artificial sweetness that persistently comes through. As a whole the brewery shows promise but the beers need some tweaking.