Saturday, December 22, 2012

3 Beers to Christmas: Scottish Midnight Sun

The porter has long been one of my favorite beer styles.  However, in the beer world, it is often underrepresented.  Dating back to the 18th century in England, the porter practically went extinct in the early 20th century.  It was not until the United States craft beer explosion in the 1980s and 90s that it made a comeback .

The porter was originally a blend of three different beer styles and was a mainstay of workers in central London.

Today, porter's can be found under the flags of many brewers, but it still seems to take a backseat to more popular styles and interpretations.  There is just something about the roasted dry character of the porter I love.  I always seek them out.

3 Beers to Christmas: Scottish Midnight Sun

Tonight's brew, finally, is a porter.  It comes from the William Brothers Brewing Company in Scotland.  

As the name suggests, the beers pours a dark, dark black.  The nose has hints of chocolate.  Upon my first taste, I was immediately met by that wonderful flavor of roasted malt.  It worked really well with a mild sweetness that followed all the way through.  The mouthfeel wasn't as full as I expected and I was stumped as to the strange taste "bump" in the middle.  It turns out, it was ginger.  I loved it.  

This was one of these beers that seems to drain a glass before you realize the glass is drained.  A great beer for a frigid night and a setting sun.  I do love my porters.