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As I mentioned in my introduction yesterday, my daily reviews the next two weeks will be a mix of winter and holiday themed beers.  It’s been pretty cold in the Boston area lately, so finding this hot cocoa-inspired porter really got me excited.

Beer Name: Folktour

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

Style: Porter

ABV: 5.2%

Description: Per their release, this beer was created to celebrate the friendship between the brewery and the folks at City Brew Tours.  I couldn’t find anything on the brewing specs, but it is described there as featuring notes of sweet chocolate, vanilla, and dark malt.

Appearance: Poured a deep, black body with a thin coating of white bubbles that never quite came together to form a head.

Smell: Inviting aromas of sweet cream, fudge, and dark malts.

Taste: It started out with hints of cream, light roasted coffee, and bitter chocolate.  From there it took on a slightly yeasty presence before coming to a finish of bitter dark chocolate and roasted malts.  While none of these flavors where particularly overpowering in any way, they never quite achieved a balance with one another either making the overall experience seem a bit inconsistent.

Mouthfeel: Thin, slick body with low-level carbonation.

Hype: Just my enthusiasm for the season.  I like that this brewery is almost literally down the road from me, but I’ve had just as many misses from them as I have hits.

Overall: I wasn’t a fan of this. As I mentioned above, the beer was particularly balanced and I felt like the tastes were kind of all over the place.  Not to pile on, but I feel like this missed its mark as a hot cocoa-inspired brew as what I imaged from that descriptions (sweet and chocolately) was very different from what I got (roasty and bitter).  The smell was great, but unfortunately the rest of the beer didn’t live up to it.