Nos. 288 & 330 – Brasseurs du Monde Porter Selection & Marshmallows
I bought myself a Brasseurs du Monde giftpack a month or so ago with two porters, an opener and a couple of small glasses. I then for some reason added marshmallows to beer…
No. 288 – Robust Porter Vanilla
This is unsurprisingly a standard porter with a hint of sweetness. The head was rusty brown and the aroma was everything that you would expect from a decent porter but with a little dab of vanilla. To taste, the sweetness comes through and builds nicely leaving an unusual aftertaste, but other than that there just seems to be something missing. It’s by no means a bad beer, but it’s not up there with many of the other porters I’ve enjoyed so far. I gave this one a 6/11 for being good, ok for the price, accurate, for having something different, and for drink-again-ability and recommend-ability.
No. 288 with Marshmallows
I’ve tried pairing certain beers with snacks throughout the year, this is the first time I decided to make some notes on it. The idea originally came from the gorgeous coffee and chocolate stouts I tried earlier in the year. Espresso biscuits and a Le Trefle Noir Stout are a great pairing for example. Something told me that marshmallows would go well with a thicker, creamier stout or porter so I decided to try them with this porter as the vanilla may have also worked with the sweetness of the marshmallows.
I don’t recommend putting marshmallows into porter. I shall however, continue to try different combinations and whenever I stumble upon something great I will write it up.
No. 330 – Robust Porter Chipotle
This is an odd beer indeed.
It looks and smells like a nice porter, more chocolate in the aroma in this one than anything else and it even tastes like a nice porter initially but then there is the chipotle.
A mild spiciness stays in the throat and builds with each gulp. I don’t particularly like spicy things so choosing this beer was really an attempt to try something different. Unfortunately, I just did not like this. The curious thing is that I like scotch ales and imperial stouts and they usually leave a warmth in your throat and chest through sheer alcohol content. The warmth from this was just unpleasant. I’ve given it 3/11 for being accurate and different, and also as I would recommend it to anyone wanting a spicy beer.
Any suggestions for snacks that go with beer are welcome!