ATLANTA RED BRICK DOUBLE CHOCOLATE OATMEAL PORTER


American Porter | 7.70% ABV

What is the difference between a Stout and a Porter? There’s a very fine line that each style walks. It all boils down to the amount and types of malts used to make each style. The variations in the amount and use of certain malts will impart different flavors. Take a Stout for instance, they possess more coffee, chocolate and caramel flavors than a Porter and that is all derived from what malts are used. Aside from those three flavors there really is much of a difference between a Porter and a Stout.

A little history of the Stout takes us way back to Old Europe and the establishment of Guinness. At that time Guinness was actually named a Porter and rightly so. When Guinness began to export to the Americas their beer was relabeled as Stout Porter and eventually lost the Porter part of it’s name. Given the light mouthfeel and the absence of coffee flavors I would personally be more prone to calling Guinness Stout a Porter, but that’s a whole other discussion.

Atlanta Brewing Co. put a delightful spin on the traditional Porter by applying several adjunct ingredients usually added to Stouts. With the base of a Porter they’ve added chocolate and oatmeal which will impart characteristics usually associated with a Stout. Red Brick Double Chocolate Oatmeal Porter is a refreshing and drinkable dark beer. With a moderate body and low hop bitterness the majority of flavor is the sweetness of the malt. The chocolate notes add a delightful flavor, while the oatmeal gives the beer a silky smooth mouthfeel. Given this beer does not posses the coffee notes like a Stout gives it the ability to pair with foods that a Stout can’t touch.

When I took the first sip I initially thought desert, but isn’t that what everyone usually thinks when they hear oatmeal and chocolate. The further I made it through the bottle I started thinking Mole sauce. The Mexican sauce made with chocolate and hot spices. I could see this beer standing up nicely with a hot, spicy Mexican dish. The chocolate would link well with the spice while all the malt tames the spice. It would definitely be interesting and something I’m going to test. Overall, very good and drinkable Porter with endless pairing opportunities.

Pairing Suggestions: Yes! You can do desert. For more excitement try a hot and spicy Mexican dish.

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Beer reviewed by Lep Himself

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