Meilby Brewing Peated Porter

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.

Meilby Brewing Peated Porter, batch 007, bottled 23.01.2012

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
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