Epic – Galloway Porter

Tasting: November 20, 2011
Style: Porter

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My Mount Rushmore of craft beer has only two breweries enshrined…Stone Brewing and Founders Brewing. In no particular order – I’ll put these two in the role of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. There are plenty of other brewers that might get consideration to be my “Teddy Roosevelt” on the mount – like Lagunitas, Troegs or Bells — but I’m missing that solid number three – my Abraham Lincoln. I’m starting to think that I may have found the one. If you’ve read this blog for the last few months, you know how smitten I am with Epic Brewing of Utah and how much I’ve gushed on and on about their beer.

Here’s my Epic scorecard so far:

Big Bad Baptist 94 points
Exponential Imperial IPA 93 points
Hopulent 91 points
Copper Cone 90 points
Hop Syndrome 88 points
Exponential Imperial Red 88 points
825 State Stout 80 points

That’s an average score of 89 points — not bad.

This one is a porter and it checks in at a modest 5.4% ABV. It’s from their “classic” series — which is a year round offering. A porter is an old English style ale said to be of “three threads” which is a combination of three types of ales: Old Ale, New Ale and Mild Ale. It is also said that this type of beer was popular with those in the transportation business — or “porters”. Stout is related to porter as Stout’s original name is Stout Porter. So, think of porter as a “lighter” version of stout. It has similar “roasted malt” characteristics. This one pours a light cola brown. It has very subtle aroma of roasted malts. The first flavors that hit my taste buds are of a very watered down expresso. It is a decent example of the style — as it’s easy to forget that it’s not meant to be as robust as a stout. But, still flavor is key and this one is still a little underwhelming and a bit diluted. I have to call them as I see them — and part of that includes my opinion of the style as well. It’s like judging a pale ale — when I love Imperial IPA so much. It certainly doesn’t do much to diminish my opinion of Epic — I’ll put it at 82 points and the average score for these eight beers. Abe is still a solid 88.

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