Life can’t always be peaches and cream

It’s so true. You can’t glide through life focusing only on the positives. As wonderful as peaches and cream can be, you’ll eventually have to deal with the other side – Peaches and Herb – I think that picture sums it up nicely. Seriously the next time I have to suffer through some godawful rendition of “Reunited” I might have to off myself…..Okay…Okay my feelings towards bad 70s music should be left for a different blog and a different time…..Point being is that for all the great beer I have had the joy of consuming, there have been some less then pleasant quaffs. Here are a couple of those missteps from the beer world:

Brewery: Tommyknocker Brewery
Beer: Coco Porter
Style: Porter
ABV: 5.70%
Rating out of 5: 2.65
Reviewed on: 12-12-2007

Appearance – Deep dark mahogany brown, with a tan head that quickly dissipates.

Smell – Very light aroma. Cocoa dominates, with a bit roast in the background.

Taste – Where to begin. There is a dominate artificial chocolate flavor with hints of roast. Also strong lactic and metallic flavors abound. Very little discernible malt flavor.

Mouthfeel – Thin and watery.

Overall this is a big fat disappointment. I have generally liked Tommyknockers offerings, but this was a dud. The lactic and metallic flavors don’t work with the chocolate flavor at all. This was the first drain pour in a while for me.

*Edit 2009*

Looking over some notes from a retasting – the initial bottle I bought must have been from a bad batch. The last bottle didn’t have the lactic/metalic taste. Artificial faux chocolate flavors still abound. This is still a dud, just not as bad as initially thought.

Brewery: Guinness Ltd
Beer: Guinness 250th Anniversary Stout
Style: Irish Stout
ABV: 5.00%
Rating out of 5: 2.9
Reviewed on: 06-25-2009

Appearance: Dark brown almost black. Light for a stout. Tan head eventually settles to a ring. Leaves some lacing.

Smell: Roast and dark chocolate. Bit of coffee and fruit.

Taste: Coffee upfront. Followed by some light roast and light chocolate notes. There’s a definite fruitiness throughout. The finish is roasty and dry.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a watery quality.

This is a step up from the draught Guinness. I like the fact that they didn’t let nitro muck things up. All in all, I’m glad I tried it, but wasn’t that impressed.


~ by thebrewgeek on Friday, April 23, 2010.

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