883: Eel River Organic Porter

Name: Eel River Organic Porter
Brewery: Eel River Brewing Co.
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Fortuna, California
Style: American Porter
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5%
First Brewed: 1995
Price: $1.49

Tasting Notes
Deepest mahogany in color, with a solid buff head, Eel River Organic Porter has a milk chocolate nose with a touch of caramel and espresso. The mouthfeel is very creamy with flavors of cocoa and roasted coffee with underlying nutty notes. The finish is smooth and velvety.

Ricky’s Thoughts

I had this beer a few months ago… and I don’t remember much about it. I had a long day today, and I am sore, so regardless what it tastes like, a beer is needed tonight. When I first tried this, I did know it was organic… but I didn’t realize that Eel River was the first certified organic brewery in the United States. Learn something new every day. Now, let’s drink.

In the Glass: For a porter, it’s not as dark as I expected. It has a tan head, a light tan head, and a weak lace. Now that I think about it… I don’t really know what makes a beer organic. Anyway, the beer doesn’t look like a porter in the glass.

Nose: It smells like a porter! Man, that smells good. I am getting some dark chocolate notes, and am really digging the aroma. A second sniff, while it still smells like a porter, is changing a little bit in the nose. It is a complex aroma, and while not overpowering, it’s nice and malty.

Flavor: The flavor is just OK. Actually, it’s not even OK. It’s pretty bad. It tastes like rusty copper. Imagine a dirty penny you find on the ground… put that in your mouth. That’s what this beer tastes like. I am going to blame that on the fact it’s organic… and while that might not have anything to do with it, I haven’t had an organic beer that I like. The burp isn’t much better. This beer smells a LOT better than it tastes.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is that of a typical porter… thin, and moving quickly across the palate. I just heard Sheryl say, “I kind of like it.” Not sure why… because I can’t dig anything but the aroma… and that’s decent at best. I really don’t want to dog a beer like this, especially coming from such a historic brewery.

Aftertaste: There isn’t much of an aftertaste. With a porter, I expect that smoky… somewhat chocolatey aftertaste, and while those chocolate notes stick around for a little while… they are quickly gone again.

Hey, it’s cool that this is the first certified organic brewery in the United States. But this beer just doesn’t do it for me. I have been getting into bigger more malty beers lately, and I expected this to impress me… it didn’t. Oh well, they can’t all be good!

Eel River Organic Porter – The bottle says: “NA”

Rating: 2/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts

I’m not really sure what beer it is we are doing tonight, but it looks tasty in the glass.  It doesn’t have much head, but looks pretty dark and thick.  It’s not transparent at all, and looks like a dark coffee in the glass almost.  It smells a little like coffee too.  It has a sweet, syrupy type of smell to it.  I’m really not sure what to expect from the taste.  But let’s find out!

The beer almost tastes like a bitter coffee, honestly.  It has a very unique taste to it.  Ricky already said he doesn’t like it, but I kind of do.  It tastes a little bit like espresso beans to me.  But he said it doesn’t have any coffee in it!  Maybe I’m crazy.  But that is the best way I can think of to describe it.  Maybe over-roasted espresso beans.  But it is strong, bitter, and flavorful, just not what you would expect in a beer.  I’m not sure why I like it, but I do.  This is something I would buy again to sip, but definitely not chug, and I think I would likely get tired of it quickly.  But tonight, it’s a keeper.

Rating: 3/5

882 bottles of beer on the wall…

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