Bench Creek Justice Smoked Rye Porter

Reviewed by on November 9, 2017 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Bench Creek Brewing

  • Origin: Yellowhead County, AB, CA

  • Rated On: November 9, 2017

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.7%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Smoked Porter

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Justice Smoked Rye Porter is the first release in this brewery’s Villainous Series.  I presume that the label theme here is from Smokey and the Bandit?

This 473ml can pours a clear, very dark brown colour, with four fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves some amorphous blob pattern lace around the glass as it quickly books it outta town.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, a bit of spicy rye graininess, some free-range char, bittersweet cocoa powder, an oily nuttiness, subtle cafe-au-lait, and very tame earthy, herbal, and floral green hops.  The taste is semi-sweet chocolate, roasted and grainy caramel malt, a lesser rye astringency, day-old coffee, bar-top nuts, a further damp ashiness, and more understated earthy, leafy, and musty hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly restrained in its lackadaisical frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and generally smooth, with a wee airy creaminess arising as things warm up a wee bit around here.  It finishes off-dry, the mixed malt and mocha essences predominating.

Overall – this is one heady and rich porter-drinking experience, with flavour abounding.  The smoked part of the equation is actually rather subdued, which just adds to the betterment of the whole.  Definitely worth checking out, and I am already anticipating the next in the series.

Brady White

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