Bootleggers Mint Chocolate Porter
I’m totally stoked that Tony invited me to be a part of the 12 Beers of Christmas!! I usually spend my days, creating and finding the best gifts and gadgets for beer lovers, which is awesome! But drinking beer is always a welcome distraction. Over the years, I have done a review here and there(usually on YouTube with Beer Coaster Toby @beercoastertoby), but after all the drinking and tasting I’ve done, this might be my first ever written beer review. So(insert knuckle cracking), here goes...
About the Brewery: Bootleggers Brewery is from Fullerton, California and was started in 2008 by experienced homebrewer and entrepreneur, Aaron Barkenhagen. “Drink Fresh, Drink Local” is the motto at Bootlegger’s Brewery.
Style: American Porter
Appearance: Dark brown in color with amber ruby highlights. There is a small tan head that doesn’t stick around for long.
Aroma: It smells of mint with whiffs of roasty chocolate and maybe a doughy-woodiness.
Taste: Dark chocolate with mint in the middle and finishes with a bitter roasted flavor.
Mouthfeel: Thin, but creamy--nice for a porter.
Food Pairing: Christmas cookies, no question. Buttery, sugary, preferably shortbread cookies. They will balance the chocolate and mint.
Summary: This beer is reminiscent of an Andies mint. A nice chocolate porter with mint in the middle and a roasty chocolate finish. The most exciting part is that they didn’t ruin it with the mint. It so easily could have been a disaster of mint extract proportions, but it isn’t. They created something that is approachable for the beer novice and complex enough to intrigue the beer geek.