For my 2nd beer of Xmas my true love sent to me…
So, #12BeersofXmas launched yesterday with more people getting involved in the spirit of things than I thought – check out our collection of most of them in our latest Storify post by clicking here.
Hop Stuff ‘Gunners Porter’ (7.4% ABV / 750ml)
This is a BIG bottle. With a cork and everything. A cork that doesn’t want to come out. A cork that REALLY doesn’t want to come out.
When I eventually got the cork out, I was greeted with a very winey aroma. On the pour there was very little carbonation, leaving almost no head but a thick black glassful of traditional English porter (so the bottle & Untappd tells me).
Initial taste is smooth with an instant hit of liquorice and aromas of roasted malts. The after taste is very bitter at first and then gives way to the bittersweetness of dark chocolate and treacle. As it warms (and there’s a lot in this bottle so it did warm) there’s the beginnings of smooth but sharp coffee. I’m picking up no hop profile at all, which could be a good thing as the hops have been used for flavour rather than as an assassin.
My one issue with this beer has been the lack of carbonation. It’s lifeless and has no body and I think that this, in the end, is it’s downfall. It’s a great winter warmer but 750ml of this on your own is hard work and I found it a real challenge getting to the bottom of the bottle.
#12BeersOfXmas – leave a review of your beer for today below (or a link to your blog) and your Twitter name so we can give you a shout out. Merry Beermas!