|Meantime, Chocolate Porter (England) |
There's a great tradition of chocolate beers, with some fantastic examples like the delicious Brooklyn Brewery's Chocolate Stout, but this home grown example is one of our favourites. Renamed as Chocolate Porter having previously been 'Chocolate Beer', it is brewed with four different chocolate malts and the addition of real chocolate.
It is beautifully packed in Meantime's mini-Dom Perignon bottle, and pours a very dark ruby/mahogany colour with a coffee-coloured head. On the nose there is plenty of milk chocolate and toasty, roasted plum and
dark fig fruit, some chiaroscuro achieved through lighter, brighter notes of raspberry. On the palate it is surprisingly light and crisp given the alcohol and depth on the nose, the flavours veers towards
roasted grain rather than pure chocolate, with a dry, refreshing finish of clean citrus hops. Different from Brooklyn's weightier example, but deliciously so. 6.5% ABV, 33cl, 12 for £19.99, Meantime web site.