Russel Naughty & Spiced Porter

russel_spicedpporterJust in time for Christmas, and in the spirit thereof, my neighbor purchases a bottle of this seasonal beer by Russel brewing to thank me for doing him and his family a solid. And I was quite pleased, seeing as how it’s one that I’ve been meaning to pick up for myself. I love it when beer-related plans come together!

And as the name would suggest, this spiced porter is precisely what one would expect from a holiday beer. In addition to some dark, heavy porter malts, which come naturally equipped with notes of espresso and cocoa, this beer also has some discernible licorice flavor, and a palate loaded with cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, allspice – your basic Christmas seasonings. It also weighs in at a respectable 6.5% alc/vol and has a

Appearance: Black, opaque, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Dark malt, licorice, mild cocoa and espresso
Taste: Rich, dark malt, licorice, cinnamon, allspice, malt and hop bitterness
Aftertaste: Lingering bitterness and spice palate
Overall: 8/10

Admittedly, I also wanted to sample this beer because of how long its been since I’ve had a sample from the Russel operation. Give their range of product, this is definitely something I should remedy in the New Year! Peace and happy holidays to you all!

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