Thursday, June 10, 2010

Kettle House Belgian Imperial Porter

Brick & Mortar Belgian Imperial Porter
Served at the brewery Missoula, MT

Aroma: Phenolic clove and banana notes highlight a dominant chocolate character. Honey and light raisin. Sweet Caramel and light black pepper. Despite the 10.5% ABV there is no alcohol aroma. No hop aroma.

Appearance: Ink black with but a trace of light brown head along the edge of the glass. No lacing. Dark, nearly brown Ruby red high light the top end edge of the glass.

Flavor: Spicy alcohol upfront. Clove and pepper contributing to a very prominent spice without the heat. Initially anyway, we'll get to that... Light chocolate malt and an earthy hop character push through the ever present black pepper and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with light carbonation. Alcohol presence warms the palate and back of the throat with a strength that just misses the 'too hot' mark. Carbonation and alcohol sting the back of the throat and sides of the mouth. You know you're drinking a big beer here.

Overall: This beer has the presence of a spicy Holiday Ale that only lacks the identity of the more predominant spices of fig and nutmeg. Add those and you've got a winter warmer to beat the band. As it stands there is a lacking to the malt profile because the alcohol dominates nearly every aspect of the palate. That's not to say this isn't an interesting beer. But it does lack some depth.

Kettle House is brewing some very tasty beers and I would welcome their presence in the Seattle market.

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