This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at New Belgium's Portage - an American Porter.
Yes, this is not a beer with a unique, non-descriptive name. When I took this out of the fridge and showed it Mrs KB she deadpanned - "how creative."
But what the beer lacks in creativity, it makes up in taste. The Portage is bursting with chocolate malt and not the kind that comes in candy form. Its also more than a one note brew as there are some caramel hints as well as coffee and even a bit of an herbal after taste.
The beer has a 6% abv which is slightly on the low end for the style. Having said that, the beer was smooth and easy to drink and I could see having a few of these as a meal replacement (and being quite full).
New Belgium Portage is under the Kosher Supervision of the Scroll-K of Colorado. Although the beer does not bear the kosher symbol on the label, the Scroll-K kosher symbol can usually be found on the bottom of the six pack holder (as I bought this is as part of a mix your own six pack, I did not see the holder, but I have found that to be the case with all the NB beers under the Scroll-K).
Please note that not every brew produced by New Belgium is under kosher supervision. For a list of the New Belgium brews currently under supervision, please click on the link on the left side of my home page for my latest Kosher Beer List.
To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about New Belgium Portage, please follow this link beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/192/139172. As always, please remember to drink responsibly and to never waste good beer unless there is no designated driver.
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