12 Beers of Xmas – Day 4 – To Øl, Smoke on the porter, fire in the rye

Time to up the abv tonight, with a 13.2% smoked imperial porter with chipotle chillis.

There’s a good fizz on cracking the cap off, pouring with a strong light brown head that falls back to an espresso-like crema that sticks around. There’s alcohol and smoke on the nose.

Chocolate, espresso, black pepper, a little bit of caramel sweetness and obviously a healthy dose of smoke. It’s smooth and creamy in the mouth. The chili isn’t immediately obvious, for the first couple of sips at least. Then it starts to build up a bit, never to the point of being overpowering, but it’s a nice warming tingle in your throat.




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