Peated Porter by Meilby Brewing, Porter, 6.8 % ABV, 29 IBU.
As soon as I open the bottle the contents slowly starts to expand, so I pour rather quickly in order to prevent a gushing accident. Before I start pouring however, I notice some yeast sediments inside the bottle neck. In the glass the body is close to black, and the large, brown frothy to creamy head has a decent life-time and laces the glass well.
The aroma is quite strong and very smoky. No sausages or cured ham, just plain wood smoke. Just how I like a smoked beer! (Let’s forget for a while that this isn’t a smoked beer) In addition there are some very obvious peaty notes, some coffee, a bit too much yeast and a pleasant touch of dark berries. The general feel of the aroma is quite sweet.
The taste is light sweet with a light bitter finish, and there is also a very light sourness, like sour smoke from a camp fire. The flavour is dominated by smoke and peat, with additional coffee and some alcohol in the fairly long-lasting finish. Again none of the dreaded meaty notes are present. The dark berries are more evident as a flavour than as an aroma. I think the yeasty notes are a bit too strong, but this still is a very tasty brew.
The body is medium, the texture is quite dry and the carbonation is moderate to lively.
Conclusion: A nice porter that I find more smoky than peaty, with dark berries making it even more interesting.
Aroma: 7 Appearance: 4 Taste: 7 Palate: 3 Overall: 12 Ratebeer score: 3.3