01 March 2007

Snake Bit by the Snake Pit

See, this is the problem with being the last geek to post your review - everyone else has already said everything that needs to be said. But because it's been eons since I last posted anything meaningful on here, I'm going to move ahead anyway.

As previously noted by Jim & Jason, we hit the Oaken Barrel last week to review the Snake Pit Porter. Obviously, it's a porter, I liked it. Not the best porter ever, but still a very solid dark beer.

As everyone has mentioned, this is a very smokey beer. My first thought on the nose was that it smelled like smoked gouda cheese, which, coincidentally, is my favorite cheese. It's nose also lead me to compare it to Schlenkerla Rauchbier from Germany. If you want to make the comparison, too, you can find the Schlenkerla Rauchbier in bottles at The Rathskeller, and I think The Hop Shop carries it, too.

Obviously, the beer is dark - you can't see through it. But the mouthfeel was what got me. I would have to say it was medium-bodied, yet very chewy.

The aftertaste was a bit smokey, but also didn't linger too long.

I give it 3.5 mugs.

1 comment:

  1. great blog. i thought about doing something similar with the two guys i brew with. if you guys want to try some excellent (at least in our minds) all-grain, get in touch with us.

    brent from tuxedo park brewers