I’m usually a fan of Fall but, I must admit, I’m missing those warmer Summer temperatures we were fortunate to enjoy this year. The one consolation I’ve had is the return of so many wonderful Fall and Winter beers. Bourbon barrel stouts, pumpkin ales of every variety, rich, smooth Porters and more; my palate is welcoming them all back with open taste buds.
Now, McMenamin’s is ready to get in on the act. Arriving tomorrow, October 15th, is their Black Widow Porter.
Here is some more information about this bee from McMenamin’s:
Chilly weather and early sunsets may make us groan, but it’s the autumn season that inspires some of the best full-bodied microbrews in the Pacific Northwest. Enter McMenamins’ Black Widow Porter! First brewed more than 20 years ago at Thompson Brewery, Black Widow stands out from the typical pumpkin flavored line up of Halloween brews with its robust malty flavors and undertones of caramel and licorice. All McMenamins breweries will be making a batch of the porter this year, available October 15 through Halloween.
Malts: Bairds Pale Malt, Great Western Munich, Great Western Flaked Barley, Great Western Wheat, Bairds 135/165L Crystal, Bairds Roast Material, Bairds Black Malt
Hops: Ultra (Bittering & Flavor)
Additional Ingredient: Licorice Root
ABV: 7.35% IBU: 30 SRM: 38
McMenamin’s was kind enough to send me a sample of Black Widow, but I haven’t had the chance to sample it yet. After that description, however, I’m looking forward to it. I will try it out soon (hopefully this evening) and update this post with my tasting notes. You’ll be able to find it at all McMenamin’s locations throughout Oregon and Washington starting tomorrow.
UPDATE: 4:30 PM:
I just finished my Black Widow and it was pretty darn tasty. It poured very dark brown, but not quite black and had a thin, tan/brown head. The aroma is light with toasty undertones and slight sweetness. The flavor is balanced and well blended. Although I know there’s licorice in this beer, it’s somewhat difficult to pick out from the other sweet and slightly roasty flavors in the beer. I consider this a plus. I want a balanced Porter, not a licorice bomb. A light, piney hope character is there but it’s not over-hopped for a Porter, which I like, and it was fairly sooth on the palate with medium carbonation. A very ‘drinkable’ Porter.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.