Total Score: 7.75/10
Tonight on I Hate Macros watch as Doc struggles through another beer review – searching for humorous metaphors to describe beer flavours and more! Follow Doc, and his self-deprecating inner voice inserted cleverly in square brackets [like so!], as he continually mocks himself for our entertainment! Witness the general meandering shambles of Doc’s thoughts captured online for all to see! Only on I Hate Macros *theme song plays* The beer: Wind in the Willows JSP Johnny Smoke Porter – I like the fox on the label – I think that will be my new avatar on BA. Done!
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.
A: Dark and dirty reddish-tinged brown with a thin tan head on top – this is one pleased fox in a dinner jacket with a meerschaum pipe right here. Although, if one were to nit-pick, the head is a wee bit miserly… just saying. 7/10.
S: Beech wood smoke up front, lingers around like that characteristic Schlenkerla bacon sandy (Oztralian for “sandwich” – we abbreviate every word we can in case you hadn’t noticed). Earthy tones and some light chocolate malt notes give off a scent of sweetness as well. 8/10.
T: Yep, it’s Australia’s answer to Schlenkerla! Smoked bacon, earthy/chocolate sweetness and a light medicinal bitterness in the finish – this is one damn tasty Rauch Porter! Much like Schlenkerla’s brews the smoke lingers on like a dying campfire in the aftertaste. Flavour could be a touch more amped up – but that’s coming from someone who used to drink a steady supply of the mighty Schlenkerla Urbock – so I do have somewhat a dense Rauch palate. 8/10.
M: Mid to light bodied with a thin(ish) carbonation: This is the lowest point of the JSP experience – if we’re comparing JSP to the Schlenkerla brews (and let’s be fair that’s like comparing a young up-and-coming country wrestler with Hulk Hogan) JSP definitely needs more body and a creamier carbonation. 6/10.
D: Overall an impressive effort of a Rauch from an Aussie brewer, it’s amazing we can put up a brew like this in a style the German’s have been brewing since Roman times. It just goes to show how decent Wolf of the Willows are as a brewer – they’ve definitely got street cred in my books… plus JSP can tide over my Rauch cravings until I find a Schlenkerla stockist here in Brisbane 😉 8/10.
Food match: Bayrischer Krustenbraten mit kartoffel und Dunkelbier soße.