Review by Rob
Sainsbury’s are at it again with their over informative descriptions of their beers, I hope someone is not getting paid to add these War & Peace type introductions.
Step aside Sainsbury’s and leave it to me again… a rich, dark beer packed with intense flavours of chocolate and spicy liquorice. This style of beer was very popular in London during the 18th century and can trace its roots back to 1720. It is brewed with charred malt and English hops to give this a truly unique flavour.
This is Shepherd Neame’s delicious interpretation of this classic beer. Serve lightly chilled, this beer will happily complement the richest of chocolate puddings.
Oooh I was slightly excited about pulling this one out of the fridge, it’s not an IPA! In fact it’s as far right from IPA as you can get, supermarkets usually stop when they get to stouts, but I’m pleasantly surprised to find this, I do hope that it lives up to my expectation, brewed by Shepherd Neame is a good sign.
Porters are deep and dark like a Guinness but are thinner and inkier to the taste and usually are brewed with liquorice and chocolate flavours to appeal to the masses, this offering ticks both those flavours, smell is a little non-distinct, the inky flavour is well reined in for a porter with a good hint of chocolate and liquorice.
In fact I like this, it’s a good honest interpretation of a porter brewed for a supermarket, after day three I’m guessing it’s going to be a softer version of whatever I drink, and that is not a bad thing for the uninitiated, a porter is polar opposite to a lager and would certainly scare a non-ale drinker off ale for life.
This is quite a good introduction to a porter, recommended, go and find.