Man, Orlando Brewing is picking up some speed.
They have two contract brew bottles getting distributed statewide, their kegs are starting to reach out big time, and now it looks like they have a small, regional in-house bottling line, because I found a few new varieties of theirs available in Central Florida ABC stores.
I’ll get the other one soon, hopefully, but for this review I’ll mention the six pack of Blackwater Dry Porter (Porter, 5.1%) that I got my hands on.
I like porters, and I really like the grizzled old prospector on the label. And the old guy’s beard.
And I like the porter, too. There’s not a lot of head left in the beer on the picture above, but it poured with a great, dark brown caramel-y color. That’s always the best sign of a good porter. When you taste it, the first thing you’re going to notice are very strong notes of coffee with the beer. It uses a light Magnum hop for a slight bitterness and floral character, but it’s very well in the background. This is a beer in which the roasted chocolate malts take center stage. It’s bold, slightly chewy, and quite excellent.
And organic. I must mention that Orlando Brewing is completely organic. It’s pretty cool.
I really do need to get there…
Drink Florida Craft,