Porterhouse An Brain Blásta

Reviewed by on March 16, 2015 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: The Porterhouse Brewing Company

  • Origin: Dublin, Ireland

  • Rated On: March 16, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 7.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: English Barleywine

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Dublin’s Porterhouse is one of the few independent Irish craft breweries – and they package their product with clever labels, and a potentially deep gash accident prone cap enclosure. What gives – is this a draconian Irish countermeasure to binge drinking, or something?

This 330ml bottle pours a clear, dark red brick amber hue, with three fingers of densely foamy, bubbly, and slightly rocky pale beige head, which leaves a stellar array of sticky, holey cheese lace around the glass as it gently sinks away.

It smells of somewhat biscuity, sweet caramel malt, toffee pudding, complex dark fleshy fruit, demarara sugar, sultana raisins, and floral, leafy hops. The taste is rather bitter up front, but in a certain mirror-world, obfuscated way – floral, perfumed hops, mostly – with a further untethered grassiness, caramel and toffee malts, moderately sour store-brand raisins, restrained brown sugar, and a bit of stony flintiness, perhaps from the well sublimated alcohol. The bubbles are tamed to the point of obsequious banality, the body a sturdy medium weight, and mostly smooth, in an equally unfurnished manner. It finishes off-dry, the gritty caramel malt shedding its initial biscuit goodness, while the lingering dark sugar and somewhat boozed up leafy and weedy hops round things out.

A decent tipple, in the way of the England’s finer strong ales, for certain, with the same UK malt and hop sensibilities that this brewer may not be altogether comfortable with admitting. Maybe not my favorite, vis a vis the same concept so prevalent over here on our shores, but the name is cool (it translates to ‘a tasty drop’), and if I were to find myself in Dublin town center, this would be a stellar alternative, to well, anything, excepting the whiskey, of course.

Brady White

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