Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Titanic Plum Porter

Titanic Plum Porter
Style: Porter
Alcohol Content: 4.9%
From: Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, UK
Purchased From: Utobeer, London Borough Market, UK
As its still dark, wet and windy in the UK, I like nothing more than putting on the fire (well central heating) and curling up with a fine porter. There is something about this style that just oozes winter. The dark malts provide comforting chocolate notes and the high alcohol content warms you up after being outside. And it also seems that you guys like them too, as my review of Meantime’s Chocolate Porter currently holds the accolade of being my most viewed post. So let’s take a look at  Titanic’s Plum Porter. Will it sink or swim?

The brewery was founded in Burslem Stoke-on-Trent in 1985 by Brothers Dave and Keith Bott and takes its name from the ill-fated steam liner Titanic. The brothers decided to name the brewery in honour of its captain Edward Smith who lived just down the road in a town called Etruria. The brewery also owns seven pubs around their area, including the flagship The Bulls Head. See what i did there?

Plum Porter
A simply beautiful label
Colour: This beer pours an intriguing black with a slight purple hue. This is topped with a light tan head that dissipates after a few minutes in the glass to leave a minimal dusting of foam.

Aroma: I'm always skeptical of drinks that have been flavoured with fruit. For me, they can be really hit and miss. However, I a extremely pleased to say that this beer does not disappoint. This drink is stacked full of juicy, autumn sweet plums on the nose. It's almost like you are walking the orchard during the harvest. Lovely stuff!

Body: The fruity plums help to create the illusion of a lighter body when compared to most porters. The fruity almost juice like body coupled with ultra low carbonation, easily makes this one of the most enjoyable porters I have drank in a while.

Taste: If you are new to the porter style, then you should try this as your first port of call. It is quite frankly amazing! Juicy plum notes play with roasted malts to create an extremely smooth beer, that is expertly finished with a mild bitterness from the late addition of Goldings hops. One of this beers key features is that the taste will linger in your mouth in-between sips. It's freshness will draw you and keep you wanting more. How I have never drunk this before I will know. It forces it's way into my top ten list and it will certainly be served at my upcoming craft beer night.

Plum Porter
You can just see the purple hue in this picture
As a modern history buff, I was slightly shocked to read that an Australian business man plans to build a life size replica of the Titanic and name it (rather ably) Titanic 2. Let’s hope it’s dedicated to the memories of those who lost their lives back on that fateful day, rather than being a lucrative money spinner. Here is the link if you want to read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titanic_II

Different to: http://beefsbrewery.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/bear-republic-racer-5-ipa.html

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