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Case Swap: Sam Smith Taddy Brown Porter Clone

This post is part of a series of twenty-three discussing beers brewed by members of the Merri Mashers brewing club for their 2015 case swap celebration.

Brewer extraordinaire Mark Connors is responsible for this excellent beer. The label indicates a malt bill of 79% Maris Otter, 8% Brown Malt, 8% Simpson Crystal Pale and 5% Chocolate Malt. An OG of 1052 went down to 1012 with Wyeast London Ale 1028. The beer was cold crashed and fined for “a few weeks”.

This porter is reasonably light for the style, a clear garnet-colour with a bare but sustaining cap of white-beige head. Waves of chocolate and honey undulate from the cup’s surface; an intoxicating and mature combination sensation. On drinking a big caramel malt push is backed up by that readily identifiable rich, chocolate malt flavour.

A medium body keeps it together with low-moderate bitterness and a very slightly dry finish. This is one of those beers you want to suck up with your nose with every single sip. Delicious. I have never tried the Taddy Brown Porter so I can’t compare it to the original unfortunately.

Case Swap #14: NTC ESB

This post is part of a series of twenty-three discussing beers brewed by members of the Merri Mashers brewing club for their 2015 case swap celebration.

This beer is labelled as “an ESB variation with an experimental upped hopping schedule”.  It has an OG of 1040, 39IBU, with Windsor yeast and was brewed by Merri Masher Baz Fletcher.

This odd ESB settled in the glass with a bright orange colour under a patchy head that quickly disappeared. Little aroma announced itself, perhaps faint notes of grassy hops, a little non-descript malt – but thoroughly low levels. A medium body carried great peppery notes that controlled the beer’s flavour with fresh spicy hops – that are almost herbal – in second command. The malt contributions are muted and disappeared in the dry, medium-bitter finish.

Good work Baz, this is an interesting take on an ESB.

Case Swap: Cherry Ripe Porter

This post is part of a series of twenty-three discussing beers brewed by members of the Merri Mashers brewing club for their 2015 case swap celebration.

The description of this beer states it is a brown porter recipe base that was split, racked onto 1kg sour cherries, 1l sour cherry juice, 60g toasted coconut, 100g toasted cacao nibs, 2 tsp raw cacao powder, one vanilla bean then blended back with the rest of the beer that was racked into an oak barrel in the meantime. A bit confusing. OG of 1.052, FG of 1.014, not taking into account fruit sugars.

This porter is an auburn-hued dark brown and is well carbonated, but produced no head. I may have used an oily glass unintentionally. There is definitely a huge cherry bomb in the aroma, with a sort of blue-cheese thing going on in the background. Only the faintest hint of malt is there.

The mouthfeel is quite thin but delivers big fruit flavours. Sumptuous cherry juice merges with a nice dry chocolate porter base. This is much better than a cherry ripe; in fact it puts confectionery to shame. The only thing that could improve this beer is a big, rocking head. I don’t know if its absence can be attributed to the cherry juice or the glass or something else.

Case Swap: Beauregarde’s Revenge

This post is part of a series of twenty-three discussing beers brewed by members of the Merri Mashers brewing club for their 2015 case swap celebration.

This beer is a blueberry porter with a label stating it contains fuggles hops and was fermented with Nottingham yeast. Two kilograms of thawed frozen blueberries were added to primary fermentation when SG was 1020. 5.5% ABV, 25 IBU, 68 EBC.

This is a dark black EBC porter with a touch of red at glass’ (narrow) base. A rolling tan head fires the imagination, with peaks and valleys suggesting faraway mountainous lands. The aroma is a tight relationship between blueberry and roast malt, neither overwhelming, both clear and bright: sharp blueberry highlights and smooth burnt bread.

The beer is carbonated highly and sweet marshmallow malt character hits the tongue with a dry finish. Nothing from the hops. It’s a stunning combination for an eminently drinkable porter. I did pick up a bit of oxidisation, but it could be my imagination. Congratulations to the brewer, who has recently launched a gypsy brewing operation, Old Wives Ales.