Analog Porter Fandango

Reviewed by on October 11, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Analog Brewing

  • Origin: Edmonton, AB, CA

  • Rated On: October 11, 2018

  • Best Before: canned September 26, 2018

  • ABV: 4.9%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Spiced Vanilla Porter

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

(The Amazing Tales of) Porter Fandango is a ‘Mexican interpretation’ of their vanilla Porter, in honour of Mexican Independence Day, which occurred last month.

This 473ml can pours a murky, orange-highlighted, and very dark brown colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly tan head, which leaves a bit of scattered soap scum pattern lace around the glass as it quickly evaporates.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, cinnamon toast, those vanilla cookies that I had when I was a kid, and some faint earthy, musty, and floral hop bitters.  The taste is gritty and grainy cereal malt, medium cocoa powder, vanilla pods, sort of metallic cinnamon spice, and more well-understated leafy, floral, and herbal green hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly restrained in its bored-seeming frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, with a hint of spice intransigence maybe taking things down a notch or so here.  It finishes trending dry, the malt wavering in the face of some lingering cinnamon heat.

Overall – well, if they were going for the Mexican chocolate sort of effect, they’ve certainly succeeded.  Full of flavour, and rather spicy, as already noted, this is an adequate foil to the early Autumn snowfall that we’ve had to deal with in my neck of the woods.

Brady White

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