Oatmeal Porter : Brown Porter
Appearance – Pours a jet black color with a two finger head that slowly dissipates to a fine ring. Leaves some lacing down the glass.
Aroma – Medium roast and chocolate with some sweet, dark crystal. Esters are very low to none and no hops. Not the most complex aroma, but it is still smells inviting.
Taste – Mmm... Dark chocolate and mocha coffee with a lingering caramel sweetness on the finish. A bit of dark roasted malt is noticeable, though without an ashy or burnt character. Bitterness levels are low and balanced with a slightly dry character on the swallow that balances the sweetness quite well. Very "moreish," as my Brit friend would say.
Mouthfeel – Carbonation is just about perfect. Creamy, silky, full mouthfeel, and goes down almost too well. Low carbonation makes this very drinkable - I've had two full pints just typing this up. :)
Drinkability & Notes – Low gravity with a big flavor. Everything I love about British beer can be found in such a pint. I am very happy with how the beer turned out, especially since I am using a new water profile for my porters. Improvements for next time are to work on aroma and better head retention. I bet 5% or so of brown malt would be a great addition and I will be sure to go back to a more characterful English yeast next time. Originally brewed as a 4.5 gallon batch, I'll be surprised if this keg lasts until the end of the month.
O.G: 1.045, F.G: 1.010, 4.6% ABV, 22 IBU, Wyeast 1728 Scottish Ale