Harviestoun Raspy Engine – Porter at 5.3% ABV | 40 IBU

Harviestoun Raspy Engine Porter at 5.3% ABV | 40 IBU (C$4.07 at Willow Park Wine & Spirits, 330 ml, best before 30-Apr-2018, acquired 13-Dec-2017, reviewed 6-Jan-2018)

Appearance: clear ruby brown with one finger of fluffy beige head, good retention and moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: raspberry, chocolate, caramel, coffee. (8/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate-high bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium slightly slick body, moderate-soft carbonation, off-dry building bitter finish. (3/5)

Fairly pleasant raspberry leads the way upon decapping, followed by typical porter aromas of chocolate, caramel, and mild coffee. On the tongue, though, the raspberry is much less pronounced, behind a caramel sweetness. Ends up being a little too sweet, actually, although that’s largely balanced by the bitter. Good, but not great. (15/20)

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