Okanagan Spring Chili Porter

Reviewed by on December 30, 2015 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Okanagan Spring Brewery

  • Origin: Vernon, BC, CA

  • Rated On: December 30, 2015

  • Best Before: bottled September 3, 2015

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Chili Beer

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

The Chili Porter is the latest winter seasonal (released earlier last fall – got in early, I see) from Okanagan Spring Brewery in Vernon, BC. Nice to see them getting a wee bit more experimental beyond their typical Teutonic leanings.

This 341ml bottle pours a clear, very dark, black-adjacent brown colour, with two chubby fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat fizzy beige head, which leaves some melting snowbank lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds off.

It smells of bready, grainy caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa powder, roasted chili peppers, a twinge of black licorice root, and plain earthy, leafy, and weedy hop bitters. The taste is bready, doughy, and slightly toasted caramel malt, dark, gritty chocolate, musty chipotle-esque pepper spice, a faint cafe-au-lait sweetness, and more understated earthy and weedy hoppiness. The carbonation is quite active in its probing and at times prickly frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and pretty much smooth and creamy, with but a minor spicy edge – no matter. It finishes sweet ‘n tingly, the embodiment of the simply rendered name on the label – yeah!

Looks like Okanagan Spring has stepped up their game for this offering – lots of chocolate, caramel, and smoky spice abound here, especially for a brewer relegated to the macro craft section of yer finer Canadian bottleshops (I see you there, counting on one hand). Anyways, definitely worth checking out, especially if your thoughts of seasonal spice turn to the more spicy side of the spectrum.

Brady White



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