Charlo, NB’s Shiretown reopened this past Summer after a priori of suspended operations and we couldn’t be happier. Reds, browns, IPAs — Shiretown runs the range, but their new Venezuelan Express Porter is a great addition.
Appearance: Inky black, with faint ruby highlights around the edge when held up to the light. Thick, creamy beige-brown head that’s long lasting.
Aroma: The nose is coffee and milk chocolate dominant. Theres a light fruitiness that sneaks in.
Flavour: The first thing is dark roast coffee, right up front. Then there’s dark chocolate with just a hint of booze. The finish is a lingering toasty-fruity flavour on the tongue.
Mouthfeel: The texture is creamy and smooth. Medium-light body with light carbonation.
Overall: A very nice drinking porter. Coffee and roast malt flavours blend very well together. The light carbonation adds to the creamy texture to create a pleasurable drinking experience.