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I picked this up on whim the other day while browsing at a local store.  I’ve been seeing the brewery around a lot lately and was curious to check this out.

Beer Name: Spring Heel Jack

Brewer: Down the Road Beer Company (Everett, MA)

Style: Porter

ABV: 6.5%

Description: Described as rich and malty by the brewers, you can find some more of their notes and specs by scrolling down to the seasonals section on their website.  My four-pack of tall boys cost $13.99.

Appearance: Thick black body with about a finger’s worth of dark tan foam.

Smell: Slightly sweet with hints of rich dark malt.

Taste: light coffee roast started out upfront and peaked towards the end where the beer became noticeably more bitter.  In between I found the dark malts alluded to by the smell mixed with a creamy sweetness.  At warmer temperatures a touch of alcohol could be picked up on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Body started out medium-plus but ended up a bit thinner by the end.  Low carbonation overall with a little bit of tingly bubbles to close out the sip.

Hype: I was really curious to try out more from this brewery after really liking their Seventh Star IPA and finding out they will be opening a taproom close by in the near future.

Overall: I liked this just fine but wasn’t really blown away, especially in comparison to some of the beers I’ve had lately with similar taste profiles.  The roasty bitterness on the finish seemed just a bit out of line with the rest of the beer, especially after it sat for a few minutes and the alcohol came out a bit.  Solid, but not spectacular.