Central City Red Racer Fly By Night Porter

Reviewed by on December 24, 2016 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Central City Brewers + Distillers

  • Origin: Surrey, BC, CA

  • Rated On: December 24, 2016

  • Best Before: bottled August 31, 2016

  • ABV: 6.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American Porter

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Fly By Night Porter is day 24 of the 2016 Seasons Greetings holiday mixer from Parallel 49 and Central City – and now we come to the end, with good ol’ Betty assuming the reins of the sleigh in what I can only imagine to be a trial run (it being early Christmas Eve, and all).

This 330ml bottle pours a clear, dark orange-brick brown colour, with one chubby finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly tan head, which leaves some distant volcanic island profile lace around the glass as it quickly sinks out of sight.

It smells of roasted caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, rich cafe-au-lait, a subtle black stone fruitiness, some mild bar-top nuts, and a very plain earthy, weedy, and gently floral noble hoppiness. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, a hint of free-range ashiness, chalky cocoa powder, sort of soured cream, day-old coffee grounds, still muddled dark fruity notes, some ethereal oily nuttiness, and more understated leafy, herbal, and grassy verdant hop bitters.  The carbonation is fairly tame in its quotidian frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, with an ephemeral airy creaminess there from the onset. It finishes trending dry, the malt and cocoa trailing off, while the hops and sneaky warming alcohol attempt to grasp the metaphorical reins.

Overall, this is a pleasant enough version of the style, with the proclaimed flavours all present and accounted for, if not particularly in your face, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Not really all that sweet, which would work as a salve alongside those myriad holiday treats that seem to be everywhere for the past while. Ho Ho Ho!

Brady White

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