20 February 2016

Plum Porter (Waitrose) [By @SpectreUK]

This Plum Porter was brewed by the Titanic Brewery in Stoke on Trent, and was established in 1985. This is a fairly young brewery compared to other brewery's beers I've blogged about in the past. I like to say fairly young as I'm ten years its senior! Anyway, I've tried a few of their beverages in the past and certainly have had no complaints. This Plum Porter aroused my interest as I don't think I've ever had a beer with natural plum flavouring added before. This 4.9% volume porter also had Goldings hops added in the brewing to lend a little bitterness to its advertised fruity plum flavour. On opening the beer there was a strong fruity plum smell that quickly overshadowed any aroma of beer that I could find. On pouring this beer had a dark ruby colour. From the rich fruity plum smell from the beer I had already made my mind up that the plum would completely drown out any beer flavour, leaving me with something like a fruity plum wine to drink. How wrong could I be? There was a sumptuous malted barley flavour to start with and a little plum poking politely through before it was told to wait its turn by the bitter hops. The plum waited a short while and jumped in with a "taadaah!" straight after the bitter hops leaving my mouth with a rich fruity flavour that travelled into the aftertaste. This is definitely a beer with natural plum added, and not a plum wine. Try it and don't be put off. Another sturdy beverage from Titanic that won't sink into the abyss!
By Spectre

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