Blindman Oaked Robust Porter
Reviewed by Brady White on March 29, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide
- Brewery: Blindman Brewing
- Origin: Lacombe, AB, CA
- Rated On: March 29, 2016
- Best Before: N/A
- ABV: 6.5%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: American Porter
- Rating: GOOD !
This 650ml bottle pours a clear, very dark brown cola colour, with two fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy tan head, which leaves some hovering Vogon constructor ship lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.
It smells of slightly smokey pale and caramel malt, a further free-range wet ashiness, subtle generic whisk(e)y barrel notes (vanilla and a rye-like boozy astringency), bittersweet cocoa powder, some berry-forward red wine notes, subtle cafe-au-lait, and a faint earthy and musty hop bitterness. The taste is grainy and bready caramel malt, more independent char, wet n’ sauced-up wood (with a sense of ‘blended’ wine and whisky that would make the most hedonistic of the 80s Sunset Strip types blush), wan medium chocolate, some understated black licorice-laced coffee, and more underdeveloped earthy and dead leafy hop bitters.
The carbonation is quite easy-going in its gentle and glad-handing frothiness, the body an adequate middleweight, and generally smooth, none of the barrel or roasty essences really taking that much of a toll, as such. It finishes off-dry, the singed chocolate and further fading barrel notes the lingering order of the day.
For 3 months pressed to the wood, this comes off quite well – the graininess of, well, let’s just say some sort of aged alcohol woodiness (though they do indeed specify French Malbec), does a grand job of keeping it on the down-low, while still informing the whole. I made light of the ‘robust’ nature of this brew the first time around, but I suppose I should now keep that part of my impression to my bloody self, eh?