Thursday, April 21st, 2011
So it’s Easter time again and what better beer to review then a Chocolate Porter.
The Holgate brewery aka Holgate Brewhouse is located in Woodend, Victoria, which is just over an hour’s drive from Melbourne’s CBD. There you will find a restaurant, bar, hotel and the brewery which is the pride of business owner, Paul Holgate. The 100 year old hotel Paul acquired is somewhat of a local icon and is known to many as the Keatings Hotel. Holgate produce five different types of beer all year round including this one, along with a further nine brews that are seasonal and limited release. If you’d like to visit the Holgate Brewhouse further details can be found here.
The creamy chocolate flavour in this beer is huge and it dominates all other flavours – it would be ideal for a chocolate lover. This brew is very warming when consumed which would make it perfectly suited to a cold winter’s night. This beer wafts a beautiful aroma of chocolate combined with hints of coffee and vanilla, a very pleasant smell indeed. It pours pitch black with little head, my first bottle had no head whatsoever which was a little disappointing. The head is tan in colour and disappears rapidly with no lacing. In my opinion there’s a little too much carbonation to this beer. The trick to this Porter like any other is to actually let the bottle warm a little before drinking, generally anywhere between 8-12°C is appropriate and this gives the beer more flavour.
This is an amazing porter that should be savoured rather than quaffed and at $6 a 330ml bottle you wouldn’t want to be rushing it anyhow. This beer really grows on you, I recommend purchasing at least two bottles to get the full experience from it and there’s no need to drink them both in the one sitting.
I’d like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Easter!
Rating (out of five):
Quick Facts: 6.0% alcohol – 330ml brown bottle – Pop top
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