Tasting: January 31, 2016
Style: American Porter
Beer # 890
I have a trade proposal in my inbox. I’ve traded with this particular trader many times. He wants to trade me futures on two bottles of Last Snow by Funky Buddha (to be released in February) in exchange for eight cans, in some combination, of Heady Topper or Sip of Sunshine. Dollar for dollar and rare for rare – it’s a fair deal. I do have a bottle of Last Snow in my fridge from last year and I’d better try it before agreeing to parting with some very tradable IPA. I can’t put my finger on when I acquired this bottle and I fear that time may have taken a toll on some of the reported coconut and coffee flavor and I’ll keep that in mind.
Here we are a week removed from an epic twenty-four inch blizzard and the warm weather has taken its toll on our snow cover. The forecast is for a warm first week of February. So, who knows? Maybe the blizzard was our first and last snow of this el Nino influenced winter.
As I pour this porter, the aroma of coconut is astounding. My son seated about eight feet away asked why he smelled coconut. While the coconut in the flavor isn’t as pronounced as the aroma, it certainly makes its presence known shining above a mellow roasted, vanilla and coffee bean flavor. Last Snow does come up a little thin in the mouthfeel. It does tire itself out a bit, so I’d recommend a bottle share.
I’m happy to have two more bottles coming. I’ll peg Last Snow at 93 points.