The SessionThe Session #109: Porter

Today being the first Friday of March means it’s also time for another round of The Session! The Session is a collaborative beer blogging project whereupon we bloggers write a post predicated on a given┬átheme or topic of the month, suggested by our host who will later aggregate all the … Continue reading

The next Session has been announced: Porter

Over on By The Barrel, my friend Mark (AKA the Bend Beer Librarian) is hosted next month’s Session and he has announced the topic: Porter. Yes, Porter—a style topic I couldn’t believe we hadn’t covered in a Session before, but here we are. Mark writes: I am not talking about … Continue reading

Tuesday Tastings: Stupid Stout, Imperial Porter, Doppel Dinkel Bock

This week, I’ve got three strong beers for my Tuesday Tastings reviews, fitting since we’re solidly into winter and strong, warming brews are what you want to drink on those chilly days. I’m even going international, with a beer from Canada. Coronado Brewing Stupid Stout 2015 This is the 9% … Continue reading

Received: BlackWatch Cream Porter

These two bottles came just in time for the weekend: Portland Brewing’s BlackWatch Cream Porter, their winter seasonal release. This is a “classic porter” that comes in at 5.3% abv, which you can read more about from head brewer Ryan Pappe here. I posted a review from a four-pack earlier … Continue reading

McMenamins Black Widow Porter (2014)

Since we’re solidly in the Halloween season (what, you haven’t seen the pumpkins and black cats and strange lights in windows lately?), one beer you can and should seek out here in the Pacific Northwest is McMenamins’ Black Widow Porter. It’s their Halloween seasonal beer, on tap through the 31st, … Continue reading

Received: McMenamins Black Widow Porter

McMenamins fall/Halloween seasonal beer, Black Widow Porter, is released tomorrow (the 15th), and the company sent me out a bottle that arrived today: This is a tasty brew that’s 7.35% abv and will be available through Halloween. It’s brewed with licorice root and the company says: Originally created at the … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2012: Day 10: Three Floyds Alpha Klaus

We touched on Santa Claus very briefly in a roundabout way back on the 6th (St. Nicholas Day, with St. Nicholas being a northern European precursor/version of Santa), but the Beer Advent Calendar hasn’t yet featured a Santa-themed beer. Three Floyds Brewing from Munster, Indiana to the rescue with their … Continue reading

McMenamins Black Widow Porter

Last week McMenamins sent me a fresh bottle of their Black Widow Porter, their Halloween seasonal that hits the taps in October. I believe this is the first year that it’s been bottled, and certainly the first time McMenamins has sent (to me, at least) samples for review. I have … Continue reading

Received: Black Widow Porter

This arrived yesterday: McMenamins‘ newly-bottled Black Widow Porter, their Halloween seasonal. It’s also the first time I believe that McMenamins has sent out review samples of their beer (or at least the first time I’ve received one). It’s a porter brewed with licorice and was brewed by every McMenamins brewery … Continue reading

Deschutes Black Butte XXIV

Deschutes Brewery’s Black Butte XXIV: their anniversary ale, an Imperial Porter brewed with dates, figs, chocolate nibs, and 25% aged in bourbon barrels. At 11% alcohol by volume, it is essentially a doubled-up version of regular Black Butte Porter with all those fun additions, and this bottle is the one … Continue reading