Alcohol Content: ?
Malts: 2-Row Pale, Crystal, Chocolate & Black Patent
Hops: Northern Brewer & East Kent Goldings
Medium: 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass - served a little warm at 56 F.
Price: $14.00 for a 12-pack Rock Art sampler
Aroma: Possesses clear smokey and chocolatey qualities with a nice fresh earthy hop aroma that is quick to clear after only a few seconds of pouring. There are also some underlying hints of sweet malts as well.
Appearance: When held up to the light it shows a brilliant dark ruby red/ mahogany with good clarity. Poured for minimal head and poor retention with absolutely no lacing. However, the carbonation appeared to be strong and fast flowing. Pours more like a coca-cola as it loses its carbonation rather quickly. Yeast sediment in the bottle.
Flavor: A nice chocolatey/ smokey flavor dominates from start to finish with hints of burnt coffee as well. A pleasant bitterness balances the smokey characteristics well.
Mouthfeel: A rather lighter body for a porter, this beer also feels a little "watery" and contains low levels of carbonation (contrary to appearance). Perhaps a little boozy and a minimal degree of harshness in the aftertaste.
Overall Impression: As much as I liked to drink this unique porter, I expected a little more from Rock Art. Despite requiring some fine tuning, it is still better than Otter Creek's Stovepipe porter as it finishes a little smoother and leaves more of a pleasant aftertaste. This is surely a beer that will not fill you up, and it would pair nicely with heavily smoked meats.