Beer Review- McNeill's Pullman's Porter

I mentioned that a few bottle offerings from McNeills' Brewery hit the Nashville market a few weeks ago. Although they are a very small brewery, they have a good reputation among online beer aficionados. I had never tried their Pullman's Porter, so I gladly picked up a bottle to share my thoughts.

McNeill's Pullman's Porter -
McNeill's Brewery, Brattleboro, VT

Commercial Description:
This bottle of Pullman's Porter is hand-made from choice domestic barley malt and fresh whole-flower hops. This rich, dark, hoppy brew is made in the style enjoyed by porters in Nineteenth century England. ABV: 6.4%

Smitty's Review: Sampled at 50 degrees. Pours a very dark brown with a two finger retentive beige head. The aroma smells like an IPA, with lots of floral hops and some fruity ale esters. Lighter side of medium bodied with average carbonation. The malt core has subtle notes of roast and mild chocolate, but the hop grapefruit bitterness really dominates here. Semi dry and piney hop finish with some slight astringency. Mouthfeel is a little lighter compared to most porters, and this is extremely hoppy for the style.There is an unofficial style that that has been emerging over the last few years called a "Black IPA." In my opinion, this beer leans more toward that as opposed to a typical Porter. Either way this was an enjoyable beer.

Rating*: 8 out of 10

Recommended Food Pairing: Chicken, Pork Chops, smoked foods, white cheeses (brie, gouda, havarti )

Moderate at $4.99 per 22 ounce bottle

Beer Audience: Hop Heads, Porter and Stout drinkers who don't mind extra bitterness

Where To Buy: Specialty beer stores. This was purchased at Midtown's Beer Store

* rating system based on aroma (1 pt), appearance (1pt), palate (2 pts) flavor (3pts), comparison to other commercial examples of the style (3pts)

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