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FuzzyBrew Review: Atlantic Brewing Company’s Coal Porter

September 15, 2011 By: mike Category: FuzzyBrew Review

Atlantic Brewing Company's Coal PorterBrewery: Atlantic Brewing Company

Location: Bar Harbor, Maine

Style: American Porter

ABV: 6.5%

IBU: n/a

FuzzyBrew Rating: 5 of 5

With a name like Coal Porter, I somewhat expected to sip a smoked porter after I cracked open this beer.

But this craft brew, made with pale, crystal, Munich, chocolate and black malts, is a good ol’ hearty and rich American Porter; the “Coal” a reference to its dark brown – almost black – color.

This beer ages in cellars for close to six months before it’s released, and the result is a highly drinkable porter.

The brewers use Target and Willamette hops, which produce only a subtle hop flavor. What really shines are the roasted and chocolate malt notes that linger with a slight bitterness at the end.

From New England, with love: The gift of beer

July 22, 2011 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Travelin'

New England beer haulNew England beer haul

My parents just got back to Memphis after a lengthy trip to New England and back down the East Coast, and they surprised me with a nice haul of beer from their travels.

Here’s what I got:

→ a 6-pack mixer from Bar Harbor Brewing Company in Bar Harbor, Maine.

→ a 12-pack mixer from Woodstock Inn Brewery in North Woodstock, New Hampshire.

→ a 12-pack mixer from Smuttynose Brewing Company in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. (I’m hoping to take a quick trip to NH next month and stop in for a tour of Smuttynose, which is the Granite State’s leading craft brewer.)

→ a 22-oz. bottle of Black Radish Beer from Weeping Radish Farm Brewery in Grandy, North Carolina.

Thanks to my uncle Harry for sending down the Woodstock and Smuttynose, and thanks to my parents for the Bar Harbor and Weeping Radish and for driving it all back.

I’ll do my best to write as many reviews as I can while I sample these brews over the summer.