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Nitro Porter

Brues Alehouse Brewing Co

Our Inspiration: 

This past January we travelled to London to better understand English beer styles.  Historically, English styles have never been an inspiration at Brues, so we thought this would be a great opportunity to infuse some of the brewing magic of our old British mates.  We sat in old pubs and drank beer straight from the cask.  We had bitters and ESBs, IPAs, and Milds!  The truth is that the English beers we encountered were all quite average.  Even from the coveted English brewery Fuller's, we failed to find anything worth reinterpreting or reproducing. The silver lining was that Ireland had every bar covered with delicious pints of Guinness Stout.  Even England agrees that it's the best of the lot, given it's the highest selling beer across the country!  So, long story short, we are now on a journey to brew a dark beer along the lines of Guinness. 

Our Impression:

This beer is definitely on the right track to the Irish stout that is so iconic and distinct.  It has the low abv and silky profile.  The roast is mild, and in our case it is more mild than Guinness.  In our opinion, it lands in English Porter territory as opposed to Irish Stout.  So, even though we just talked a lot of trash about English beers, we pretty much just brewed one.  And it's good.  Have a couple and let us know. Cheers. 

Style: English Porter

Malt- Vienna, Carafa I Special

Hops - Perle, Hallertau Mittelfrüh

Yeast-  S-04

Adjuncts- None

Water- Reverse Osmosis Base with CaSO4, CaCl2

Original Gravity: 11.2 Degrees Plato

ABV: 4.3%

IBU - 16 IBU

Color: 22 SRM 

Aroma: Mild chocolate and toasted malt. No hop aroma.

Appearance: Pours dark ruby with creamy, tan nitro foam. 

Flavor: Initial impression is very smooth and delicate roast with a light, but malty body. The nitrogen lends creaminess and silkiness.  Very little bitterness.  English yeast accentuates the earthy and malty tones.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy mouthfeel provided by nitrogenation. 

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