A blog of two mates who like to drink and make beer. Find tasting notes, flavors of the month and other information of the latest home brews.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Zywiec Porter, Poland (9.5%)
...And Now For Something Completely Different...A Polish Porter. Actually, i am glad to be having this second, as there is quite a strong smoky taste, and the alcohol is quite high. not a session type of beer. There is little head but a very dark body to this beer. there is smells of chocolate and is almost port-like as well. there is a definite alcoholic tingle on the tongue that reminds me of the Gulden Draak I had recently. After the previous beer this one is really hitting me with the alcohol, so is definitely a winter warmer. not so necessary in summertime. the alcohol tastes is definitely more pronounced in this beer over the draak, but it hasn't lost any smoothness in texture which is quite appealing, and may be why i am able to drink it so easily. this is therefore a massive warning to others like myself tempted by a smooth bodied beer. respect this beer for what is can do to you. even my lips are starting to tingle. a couple more of these and i reckon i could cope with a polish winter...well, maybe for not very long. ok, as i get towards the end not feeling the alcohol slightly as much as the Draak, but much of a muchness at this level. still, the malt really helps the mask what it can and keep the smoothness of the beer intact.
Anyway, better stop writing before i babble anymore into noncoherence.
Beef: Likes: MALT (and dark malt at that), creamy texture, chocolate/caramel.
Dislikes: overuse of hops, overly complicated tasting beers/mixing styles of beer (ie Hahn Commemorative Ale).
Summer - Little Creatures Bright Ale, Boag's St George (with lolly banana), Faro
Winter - Guinness, Chocolate Stout/Porter (Rogue's/Holgate), Brewdog Tokyo
Early Spring/Late Autumn - Abbey Ales/Trappist, Scotch Ale (Moonshine)
Sessional Beers - Toohey's Old, Cooper's Pale
Favourite Beer Pubs/Stores - Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide (Australia). Brugs Beerjte, Brugge (Belgium). Kulminator, Antwerp (Belgium), Royston, Melbourne (Australia), Slowbeer (Richmond), City Beer Store (San Francisco), Bier Spezialtaten Laden (Berlin)
Favourite Beer Experiences/Events - St Patrick's Day (1999, 2008), Australia Day, Pix Patisserie (Portland, Oregon, 2009), Moo Brew Tour (Hobart, Tasmania, 2010), Belgian Beer Weekend (Brussels, 2010), My first day working in a brewery for Mountain Goat (Richmond, Victoria, March 2011), anytime trying out beers with friends.
Worst Beers: Foster's, 'Sex in a Canoe' Lagers (US, Mexico. Wherever)
Stass: Like all types of beer* (*there are a few exceptions). Sometimes it's an ale, sometimes a stout and sometimes it's a larger. Is willing to give anything a try and enjoys tasting something new.
A good beer to Stass is one that sets out with a clear goal in mind and achieves that. Whether that goal is to be a thirst quenching beer to be had around the barbecue with a few mates, or to explore the depth of flavours in a detailed scotch ale.
3 boutique beers Stass likes (but not limited to):
- Grand Ridge, Supershine (Victoria, Australia)
- Blond, Triple Karmeliet (Belgium)
- Moo Brew, Dark Ale (Tasmania, Australia)
3 everyday beers Stass likes at the moment:
- Little Creatures, Bright Ale (Western Australia)