Thursday, March 3, 2011
Stoudt's Brewers Reserve 2X Chocolate Porter
Two friends and I were halfway to TJ’s in Paoli to get Pliny the Younger when it kicked, so we decided to stop into Stoudt's rather than just turn around. While there, i ordered a glass of the Brewers Reserve 2X Chocolate Porter. The beer pours a black color with a tan foamy head. The aroma consists of chocolate and toasted malts; not overly complex, but it tells you what’s in the beer. The taste is smooth at first before a toasted bite kicks in on a carbonation wave. There is smooth and very tasty chocolate finish with hints of oak and caramel. As the beer warms, a delightful licorice flavors peaks through. The alcohol content is 7.0% ABV. I really enjoyed this beer, especially as it warmed and left a lingering licorice flavor in the mouth. It isn’t overwhelmed by roasted flavors and the chocolate perfectly balances the malts.