Melbourne never fails to deliver a dose of lousy weather on the days I plan to be out on the golf course. But there is always a silver lining to be found, and on this day, the golf clubs stayed dry and clean in the corner of the room, saved by the sacrifice of two mouth-watering bottles of dark beers.
The Sierra Nevada Porter is not on my favourites list, but is a tasty brew nonetheless. A med+ mahogany colour, it holds light aromas of malt, slightly roasted rice tea and sarsaparilla. Medium bodied for an easy drinking Porter, it has a sense of freshness to it and is not weighed down by heavy flavours. Notes of toasted grains, hint of bitter chocolate with a grippy bitter finish. 5.6% alc.
In comparison, I’d be happy to quaff the Holgate Temptress Chocolate Porter all day long, even during the summer season. No need for cool weather and I certainly don’t need to be asked twice if I’d like a second pour. A deep med+ mahogany colour, the core of its aroma profile holds bitter chocolate, coffee roast interwoven with sweet wheat mash. It has a rich, velvet texture, med+ bodied, with sweeping flavours of espresso, 70% Lindt chocolate and a hint of vanilla pod. All that mixed with the bitterness that comes through on the finish. 6.0%, geez I miss Holgate’s Ladyboys!!