Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Smuttynose Going on Tap at the Inn

It's on the truck and should arrive any minute:
Smuttynose Robust Porter!
Forgive the name. It sounds a little unappetizing at first but apparently it is the name of one of the islands off the coast of New Hampshire. The cute little guy in Smuttynose Brewing Company logo is one of the inhabitants of the island. Anyway, we'll be putting their Robust Porter on tap later today. Have you tried it yet?

Here is the brewer's description,"This hearty, mahogany colored ale is brewed to evoke the dark, full-bodied ales that were a favorite of dockworkers and warehousemen (hence the name “Porter”) in 19th century London. It is a good bet that when Dickens’ Mr. Pickwick sat down for a pint, we would have been drinking an ale much like our Robust Porter.This is a smooth and very drinkable beer, characterized by its well-balanced malt and hops, plus subtle notes of coffee and chocolate."

And says, "This hearty porter is a great accompaniment to a wide array of Mexican dishes, burgers, steaks, sausages, ham, smoky flavors and chocolate desserts." I'd say this makes Robust Porter perfect for patrons of the Franklin Inn.

Here are a few stats/awards this beer boasts:
GOLD MEDAL WINNER - Porter , 2001 Great American Beer Festival
JUDGED GRAND CHAMPION - Best Porter in the USA - 10th Annual US Beer Tasting Championship
GOLD MEDAL WINNER - 2010 Mondial de la Biere, Strasbourg, France
WINNER AT THE 2011Good Food Awards in San Francisco. 

 “Full-bodied and malty with undertones of coffee and chocolate and a bright, hoppy finish, in style it’s like Cary Grant's accent: the best of British and American.” - The Boston Globe, November, 2005

OG: 1064 TG: 1018
Grain Bill: pale 2-row, carastan, dark crystal, special “B,” chocolate
Hops: Cascade
IBU's: 45
Color/Number: Dark chocolate brown
ABV 5.7%

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