This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Saranac S'More Porter.
Readers may recall that last week I reviewed a Hard Apple Cider which I admitted was not truly "suds" within the meaning of beer. Well, this week I reviewed a brew which indicates that it is a Porter but did not taste anything like beer.
As noted by the gurus at Beer Advocate, an American Porter
Inspired from the now wavering English Porter, the American Porter is the ingenuous creation from that. Thankfully with lots of innovation and originality American brewers have taken this style to a new level. Whether it is highly hopping the brew, using smoked malts, or adding coffee or chocolate to complement the burnt flavor associated with this style. Some are even barrel aged in Bourbon or whiskey barrels. The hop bitterness range is quite wide but most are balanced. Many are just easy drinking session porters as well.
The Saranac S'More Porter has taken the additions to the traditional English Porter to a completely different level. The beer is brewed with a complex assortment of caramel, biscuit, brown, and roasted malts but then they age the beer with chocolate and vanilla. The resulting brew actually has a strong resemblance to a S'More as the foam has a graham cracker sweetness. I had thought that when I got down to dark brown liquid (which bore the resemblance to a traditional porter) it would taste like a Guiness, but it almost tasted like chocolate milk.
Saranac S'More Porter is under the Kosher Supervision of the Va'ad of Detroit as is every other beer produced at the Matt Brewery plant in Utica, NY. Keep in mind, Saranac has begun to brew some of its High Peaks series off site and these bottles do not have kosher certification from the Va'ad of Detroit.
To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about the brew, please follow this link www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/99/206755.
As always, please remember to drink responsibly and to never waste good beer unless there is no designated driver.
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