Saturday, July 9, 2011

Porterhouse Brewing Company - Red Ale; XXXX Wrasslers Stout; Oyster Stout

The Porterhouse Brewing Company is in Dublin, Ireland.  They say they are off kilter six degrees, whatever that means.

Red Ale - This 4.4% ABV beer pours reddish-brown with a half inch of thick, creamy off-white foam.  The aroma is smokey grain, slightly burnt caramel sweetness, and a touch of lager funk.  The taste is malty, peat smoke, with a very dry and somewhat bitter finish.  I really want to drink this on tap in Dublin; it must be a marvel fresh out of the tap.  This beer uses pale malt, crystal malt, wheat malt, chocolate malt, Galena hops, Nugget hops, and East Kent Goldings hops.

XXXX Wrasslers Stout - This beer pours coal black with a rapidly dissipating head that is coffee with cream in color.  The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, with a sweet/sour tang and an initial touch of peat smoke.  The taste is dark, strong bitter coffee, dark chocolate, and a bitter and dry finish.  A fine and full-flavored dry Irish stout.  Made with pale malt, roast barley, black malt, flaked barley, and Galena, Nugget, and East Kent Goldings hops.

Oyster Stout - This 5.2% ABV stout is brewed with actual oysters.  It pours black with a bit of brown at the bottom where the light shines through.  There is a small head of very light brown foam.  The aroma is strangely fruity, almost like currants, with the dark roasted malt more in the background.  The taste is reversed, the dark roasted malt is primary and the currant-like fruitiness is in the back.  A light drinking and unique stout.

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