This is the final of the four beers from Michelob‘s Specialty Sampler pack, and overall, the one I like best of the four. At 5.9% alcohol, it’s also the strongest of the bunch (though not by much). It’s a pretty straightforward porter.
Appearance: Pretty dark—black brown (dirty motor oil) with the barest tinge of ruby at the edges. Tan head, faintly cocoa-y.
Smell: Dark roast coffee and chocolate; smoky astringent aromas. A little rye bread, maybe. Nice smells here.
Taste: Dry with roasted (slightly burnt) grains. Dryness is the big characteristic here. Bit of sourness from this as well. Some deep bitter cocoa flavors and dark coffee in the background.
Mouthfeel: A bit watery, lighter than medium-bodied. Dry and clean.
Overall: Good, a bit lighter than I’d like for a porter, but still very passable.
On BeerAdvocate, it scores 82 out of 100, with 86% approval—a good score, higher than their score for the Bavarian Wheat (which I commented was—until now—the highest I’d seen for a macro brew from them). On RateBeer, it scores 2.78 out of 5, and is in their 28th percentile.