For the Seventh Beer of Christmas, we continue our trek east with a stop in Blanco, TX, for a beer that would not disappoint if it were poured from a coffee pot (I’ll have to see what they think about this at the office).
But once you close, Real Ale’s Coffee Porter gives off a smell that
combines rich, roasted coffee with bitter chocolate. There’s a light
suggestion of vanilla as well as a hint of the strong alcohol content
As you probably expected, from both the name and the smell, the taste
is strongly influenced by the coffee used in brewing this beer.
Although the strong alcohol content comes through, there’s a smoothness
to the brew. I drink my coffee black (unless I’m at Starbucks and then I
have to cut the strength with sugar and half & half … or if I’m at a
convenience store, where I have to disguise the flavor with half &
half and sugar). And I like the sharp, astringent taste of the coffee.
But this Coffee Porter has a creamy taste, like a coffee cut with half
& half (definitely not cut with the fake stuff).
This was tasty beer that gave me flashbacks to my first (heavenly) sip of coffee that I have each morning at work.
Aubrey says, “It’s decent, but I’d rather have a coke.”
And tonight we have special guest commentators Betty and Lisa. Betty
says, “It tastes like coffee.” However, I think she would have
preferred the coffee. And Lisa says, “It’s good.”
Brewer: Real Ale Brewing
Location: Blanco, TX
Style: Porter (American)
Alcohol Content: 6.3% ABV
Interesting Note: The Coffee Porter is actually brewed with coffee, which comes from Katz Coffee Roasters (http://www.KatzCoffee.com) in Houston, TX.