Last year I fell in love with Deschutes Brewery's Black Butte Porter. Since we picked the theme of holiday/winter beers for the Twelve Beers of Christmas this year, I was excited to see Jubelale sitting on the shelves.
The beer pours up a deep cherry brown. Lisa (the soon to be Mrs.) and I went looking at hard wood flooring the other day to replace the carpet in my living room. This is almost exactly the shade of the cherry flooring we saw. A nice, light tan head develops on top from the pour. As I drank it, thick lacing clung to the sides of the glass.
The aroma is earthy. Like moist soil and long, uncut grass back from a river in Cimarron Canyon, New Mexico. Yes, I know, that's kind of specific. But that's what I got from it and I haven't been there in 20 years. That's just the memory it pulled up. There's also a low undertone of dark fruit and alcohol from the high ABV that comes with the Winter Warmer style.
Like the aroma, the strong alcohol content comes through in the taste, but subtler than last night's Christmas Ale. It's definitely a warmer, but a complex malt character of bitter-sweet chocolate, medium roasted coffee, and dates masks the alcohol. This medium to full bodied beer finishes clean and crisp and leaves you warm and satisfied.
Lisa ... can we go to Oregon for our honeymoon?
On the other hand, I don't think Wyatt cared much for this one. What makes me think that? He said, "I'm gonna need at least two beers before I enjoy this one."
Aaron: 5.5 (also precise)
Brewer: Deschutes Brewery
Location: Bend, OR
Style: Winter Warmer
Alcohol Content: 6.7% ABV
Interesting Note: In the about page, I mention being a former homebrewer. Well, that was two years ago. Over the summer I got back into it and am brewing all grain batches. Given my absolute love of Black Butte Porter, I cannot tell you how excited I was to find that Deschutes has posted a Black Butte Porter clone recipe on their website. Seriously, how freakin' cool is that?! I'll be brewing that up soon and drinking some original BBP while doing so.