Russell Brewing Company Naughty & Spiced Porter – American Porter at 6.5% ABV

Russell Brewing Company Naughty & Spiced Porter American Porter at 6.5% ABV (C$4.37 at Quarry Park Calgary Co-Op, 650 ml, no bottle date or best before, reviewed 28-Dec-2015)

Appearance: clear brown with amber-brown highlights, one finger of fluffy light tan head, moderate retention and patchy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: nutmeg, cinnamon and the usual suspect spices, coffee, chocolate, roasty malts, vanilla. (6/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate bitter, moderate spice. (6/10) Palate: medium slightly oily body, moderate sustained carbonation, and a lingering spicy finish. (3/5)

A bit heavy-handed with the spices, which are pretty similar to typical pumpkin spice beers. As a result, it doesn’t seem very “christmasy” to me. A sweet, spicy mess on top of a fairly middle-of-the-road amber. OK, nothing thrilling. (13/20)

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