Theoretically Geminid Gingerbread Porter

Reviewed by on December 21, 2016 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Theoretically Brewing Company

  • Origin: Lethbridge, AB, CA

  • Rated On: December 21, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Spiced Porter

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

L.A.’s (Lethbridge, Alberta’s) Theoretically Brewing have released this ‘holiday porter’, made with ginger and molasses – hence, the name.  Oh, and Geminid is apparently a meteor shower that occurs in the first half of December.

This 650ml bottle pours a clear (I think), very dark brown cola colour, with three fingers of puffy, caked, and somewhat bubbly tan head, which leaves some crooked hanging curtain lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of slightly spicy ginger root, gently roasted and bready caramel malt, thin brown sugar syrup, discount store chocolate bars, faint cafe-au-lait notes, and a touch of earthy, weedy, and dead floral hop bitters.  The taste is grainy and bready caramel malt, some consistently sassy ginger heat, sort of attenuated brown sugar, bittersweet cocoa powder, ephemeral black coffee, and some understated leafy, citrusy, and wet grassy hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly tame in its lackadaisical frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight, and more or less smooth, once you get acclimatized to the peppy ginger spice.  It finishes trending dry, as the molasses and malt seem very tuckered out, with the lingering ginger and hops ready to hit the town.

Overall, while Geminid (the beer) contains all of the constituent parts for the titular holiday confection, they don’t exactly coalesce to evoke memories of the stuff I would always take one bite of and then look for something else.  Not a bad brew, and certainly one of this outfit’s better offerings – it still works well enough as a salve to all the blowing snow and ice out there right now.

Brady White



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