Thursday, 13 October 2011

Indie Alehouse-Breakfast Porter

The Indie Alehouse is a newly-opened Toronto brewery located in the Junction, an up-and-coming west-end neighbourhood.  I recently had occasion to sample their Breakfast Porter on tap at a local restaurant.  The BP contains a robust 6.7% alcohol.  Unlike conventional porters, it is not opaque.  Rather, the BP is a very dark brown that allows some light.  The beer is topped by a moderate cloud of tan head.  There is some lace, but not tons.

The Breakfast Porter sports only a very mild scent.  There is a slight nutmeg smell that, while seemingly out of place, is quite enjoyable.  The flavour has a nuttiness that augments the typical the typical porter molasses taste.  There is a relatively thin mouthfeel.  The aftertaste is also nutty and surprisingly brief.

While this beer is styled a porter, it tasted to me more like a hybrid: a mix between porter and bitter.  It wasn't my favourite beer ever, but I've got to hand it to the Indie Alehouse for producing an innovative and unconventional brew.  The Breakfast Porter is unlike any dark beer I have ever sampled, and that is worth something.

Rating: 7.0 out of 10.

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