Thursday, July 12, 2012

Beer Review: Currently Incarcerated Black Currant Porter

Reviewing the Currently Incarcerated (Black Currant + Porter) from Great Lakes Brewing Company out of Ontario, Canada (not to be confused with the Ohio brewery).
Score: 90

Batch 2, bottled less than a month ago. Served in a Goose Island silver goose Matilda glass and enjoyed 06/03/12 with Robbie Moy (who brought this back from Canada).

Appearance: Pours a black color with a thin layer of brown highlight at the top and bottom of the glass. A few fingers of light brown foamy head at pour slowly recedes to a thin foggy layer atop the glass. Excellent lacing, really good retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Chocolate covered cherries and currant. A little alcohol heat and burnt/roasted brown sugar. Roasted coffee and earthy oats. Unsweetened cocoa too. 3.75/5

Taste: Primarily chocolate covered cherry and a little sweet fizziness. Some coffee flavor in the finish. Very straightforward, slightly sugary. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied, minimal carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. Modestly sweet finish. 4/5

Overall: A very solid porter that gets the cherry-chocolate flavor balance just right.

Recommendation: If you like chocolate covered cherries, seek a bottle of this out if you get the chance. Just do not go too crazy in your hunt for a bottle.

Pairings: Brownies.

Cost: $15 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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