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)
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.