Happy New Year from the southern most contingency of Virginia Brew Review. I know we are about a week and a half into the year and I’m just getting around to review #1, but I spent the last couple of weeks reviewing some of the things we did and didn’t do in 2015. The hardest thing as a still young site and with few personnel is to try to paint a complete picture of the Virginia Craft Beer scene. It is easy to us to sit back and review the breweries and beers that are close to us, but getting away from our areas and finding new beer is one of the things we are going to strive to do more in 2016. The flip side to trying to being so diverse is I personally found that I have been missing on some brews here where I live. What better way that to start the year for me with a winter beer that has been canvasing Hampton Roads this winter.
Winter Pecan Porter, O’Connor Brewing Company (Norfolk, VA)
Porter, ABV: 6.5%
Presentation: Tap pour into pint glass.
Appearance: Super dark brown, just a shade under black, enough to show a little haze, rich brown head that sat up for a while but dissipated out as the glass warmed.
Aroma: Dark roasted malts, hint of chocolate. Roasted malts vs. pecans is a judgement call as one probably contributes to the other on the nose.
Taste: Deep malt front met quickly by an almost vanilla taste mid front to mid back along with a coffee/chocolate presence. Pecan flavor most noticeable late middle through finish.
ABV/IBU Mouthfeel: Medium body with a dry finish, elaborated by the addition of pecans. The finish is similar to that of actually eating pecans, very nutty. ABV does kick a little in this porter. IBU for balance.
Overall: While I harped in the beginning about location balance, I also forgot to mention my winter beer balance. I use this time of year for stouts and porters, but I always felt that I just didn’t want to review them exclusively. Well I moved away from the darker beers for that reason that I plum forgot to really get into them. If you are a nut brown or dark beer fan, this beer is right up your alley. Winter flavors, but not spiced. Nut, but not over the top. Porter, but not too heavy. Great with stews or chowders. You can find this pretty much everywhere in Hampton Roads on tap or in bottles through out the winter.