Saturday, November 26, 2011

Beer Review: Old Clybourn Porter (Cask Conditioned)

Reviewing a cask-conditioned Old Clybourn Porter from Goose Island Brewing Company.
Score: 79

Fresh pint served in an imperial nonic tumbler glass (the British version of the tall pint glass).

Appearance: A thin quarter finger of creamy cream-colored head. Dark black colored body that is mostly opaque with ruby highlights around the perimeter of the beer. 3/5

Smell: Subtly creamy coffee aromas. Unsweetened cocoa powder. 3/5

Taste: Very creamy, subdued-flavor beer (most British-style porters are). Faint coffee with a roasted malts. Hints of smokiness. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, medium carbonation. Creamy-smooth mouthfeel. Finishes very dry. 3/5

Overall: A very average, disappointing Guinness-like brew.

Recommendation: If you like Guinness, then you will probably like this beer. I personally would not recommend it, however, and I would not order it again. It is not a bad beer, but it is not very good either.

Pairings: Oreo cookies.

Cost: $6.50 for a pint.

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