12 Days of Beers Across the World – Day 5

The fifth beer of the set.  Fif.  I plead the fif.  I says there are…..so many amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America.  I can only choose one…I can only choose oneeeeee. I plead the fif. One two three four fif!  Anything you say; fif!  Sorry.  The fifth beer that we’re looking at from the Beer Camp Across the World set is Campout Porter.  Beer Camp Campout Porter is a collaboration between Sierra Nevada and Garage Project out of Wellington, New Zealand.  This Porter comes in at 7.7% ABV and 32 IBU and is packaged as a twelve ounce bottle.

Pour:

Dark.  The beer pours very dark.  I would have said black until I held the glass up to the light. It’s actually a deep dark brown with a mahogany touch.  I was going to say about 2 fingers of light brown head but light khaki head might be closer to the color.  The head is soapy and never really dissipated.

Aroma:

This might be a good place to mention that I’m still very much on the beginner end of the spectrum when it comes to really tasting beer.  There are times when I have a hard time pulling aromas and such from beers, and this was one of those times.  I don’t know if I had the beer too cold or if I was just off but I didn’t get much on the aroma at first.  After really working at it I picked up some smokiness and maltiness.  I guess there could have been some chocolate notes but they weren’t strong to me.

Taste:

The taste is interesting.  A combination of smoke and malt hit first followed by a pleasant sweetness, maybe like a vanilla.  There’s some nutty, cocoa, and barely a coffee like flavor in there too.  A decent bitterness finishes up the sip.  The mouthfeel on this one is not what I was expecting, it’s thinner than I would have anticipated just looking at the beer.

Overall:

I wasn’t blown away by this Campout Porter but I’m nearly positive that’s my own fault.  I think I really should have let the beer warm up before attempting to really experience it.  I didn’t follow porter/stout 101 and my experience suffered for it I think.  I will say, as porters go, this was very drinkable and I’d like an opportunity to drink it again, just…..you know……correctly this time.

2.5 out of 5

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