Blackman’s Brewery Arthur Smoked Porter

Total Score: 7.7/10 Chocolate1Smoke1Coffee1Nonicpint1

SPOILER ALERT: I’ve drunk 3 of these already. I took a 4-pack of this on a camping trip. It’s pretty good, however I suspect I may be cutting and pasting from my review of Feral Smoked Porter: Smoked porters, they tend to be quite similar, it’s just the nature of smoked porters you see… please don’t hold it against me, unless it’s an IPA, then you may hold it against me and I may drink it (the lesson being: Never hold an IPA too close to me). Blackman’s is a nice little Torquay brewer (Torquay Victoria, Australia, not the English one), thus far I’ve had Reginald IPA and Angry Reg DIPA – they’ve been rather tasty and Arthur is no exception. So let’s have at Arthur already!

Poured from a 330ml can into a nonic pint.

A: Deep cola body, fairly opaque, with a billowy 1 centimetre tan head that sustains for the good 15 mins it takes for me to write a single sentence (I have to read from a dictionary as I write, my thing of the English something isn’t very ummm… something). Anyway, good looking Porter, stout-like in appearance. 8/10.

S: Chocolate and dark fruits with a hint of campfire, tres err, stuff [you shouldn’t try French Doc, learn English first]. Sweetness from a heady malting mingles with a touch of roasted coffee bean – it’s a smoky, chocolatey, earthy playground… someone should do something about that – maybe hire a caretaker? I’m going to drink it anyway. 7/10.

T: Upfront smoke notes, not too jarring for an old Rauch drinker like me – but noticeable to the uninitiated – you’ve been warned. The smoke in this one is less hickory and more beechwood compared to Feral’s offering, and a bit more prominent, along with a some bitterness and a hint of alcohol spirit towards the finish. Still it’s a tasty drop with its chocolate, roast coffee and cigar smoke character – I will get this again for sure. 8/10.

M: Mid to light, almost medium bodied with a fairly creamy carbonation – kicks Feral’s watery Smoked Porter right in that soft fleshy part us males avoid receiving kicks in (yes, I’m talking about our duodenums – very sensitive area there!). 7/10.

D: Solid, solid Smoked Porter, and yet another high mark for these Blackman’s chaps – they’re killing it with a solid core range here. Killing. It. Keep up the good work, and brew some more Angry Reg FFS! Can’t seem to find it anywhere in Queensland anymore (admittedly I live in Brisbane and visit like 2 bottleshops so I haven’t been extensive in my quest). 8/10.

Food match: Cigars and campfire pie… or cigars by a campfire eating pie, that one.

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Wolf Of The Willows JSP Johnny Smoke Porter

Total Score: 7.75/10 Bacon1Earth1Chocolate1Nonicpint1

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.

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