- Style: Porter (D'oh!)
- ABV: 5.6%
- Season: Year Round
- Ease to locate: Very easy in the following states-AZ, ND, MN, IA, MO, IL, WI, IN, MI, OH, KY, (hang on, I need a breather...) PA, VA, NC, SC, GA, AL, FL and Washington DC. Here's a link to their beer finder
- Color: Solid dark brown with no hints of other tints
- Head: Two finger head with lovely small patches of lacing
- Aroma: Scents of dark chocolate, coffee and some roasted grains. Hint of dark fruit layered into the scent.
- Mouthfeel: Moderate with a good amount of carbonation
- Finish: Medium with some welcome roasted bitterness that linger
- Food friendly: Yes. This would be delicious with any sort of barbeque or grilled beef. Think hearty but not too heavy. Serve it with buttery cheeses like Swiss or Brie
Porter and Stouts are often unfairly delegated to winter season imbibing. Come Spring (and Spring will come, even if the weatherperson is calling for a rouge snow shower in Chicago. But what does she know? She spends her days pointing at an imaginary map while trying to come up with a new way to describe news that a normal person can figure out for themselves just by sticking their heads out a window. ) Anyway, come Spring most people gravitate towards lighter beer. And I mean lighter in in body, not LITE beer. Please never, never, never confuse the two. Because if you do, the terrorist win. As soon as the temperature warms up and the patio grill gets a decent Spring scrub down, many beer fans break out seasonal styles such as Bocks, Wits and, the rightfully increasingly popular, Saisons. I'm guilty of this too. I've got a DuPoint Saison bomber sitting in the
Poor Jerry really needs a drink
I think that we may be doing a disservice to our friends of the dark in hue variety. Porters are especially tasty with barbecue foods. The sweetness of the molasses and the tanginess of the tomatoes in a Kansas City style mop sauce work brilliantly with a lighter Porter, such as Bell's Brewery's Porter. I think that the key to finding the right sort of food friendly, summer welcoming sort of porter is to locate a beer that is simple in flavor and lighter in body. You'd think that this would be an easy task. But the funny thing about creating something that is straight forward in design, it takes a fair amount of work to achieve delectable simplicity. When you have very few details to brood over, the notes that are there must be relatively perfect. And there lies the rub.
|Don't just dismiss a Porter like this because it's 90 degrees in the shade. A simple Porter can be your best friend while you are sweating over a grill. Mainly because your real best friends are inside the house enjoying the air conditioning|
|Heat stroke is no joke. Better make sure that you have a back up Porter to keep hydrated.|
|On, second thought, make sure that you have a back up for your back up. Barbeque safe out there, people|
Sometimes a beer is just made to be eaten with a meal. What may just be an OK brew when sipped all by it's lonesome self, becomes something pitch perfect when drunk with the right combination of flavors on the plate. Bell's Brewery's Porter is such a beer. I drank my pint with a barbeque chicken pizza crisped up on a pizza stone on my trusty grill. The molasses and brown sugar in the sauce melded with the bitterness of the porter's chocolate and coffee notes. Yet the beer wasn't so enchanted with it's own flavor profile that it worked against the red onion or cilantro on the crust. I could also see this porter being delicious with just about anything smothered in a Kansas City sort of sauce (here's a great recipe, try it with a whole cut up chicken or some grilled, pulled pork.) Bell's Porter is exactly as simple as it's name. It doesn't pretend to be anything that it's not. And, if you ask me, that's exactly what makes it such a beautiful and simple summer option.