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  • Holiday Porter

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Holiday Porter - Revealed!

As a quick refresher - the recipe was this:

Malt Bill

  • 10 lb Pale Malt (Maris Otter)
  • .75 lb Chocolate Malt
  • .50 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L
  • .50 lb Flaked Oats
  • .25 lb Flaked Barley
  • .25 lb Black Patent Malt


  • 2 oz. Williamette (4.80%) - 60 minutes
  • 1 oz. Williamette (4.80%) - 5 minutes


  • 3 tsp Cinnamon - 5 minutes
  • 2 tsp Ginger - 5 minutes
  • 2 tsp Allspice - 5 minutes


  • 1 Pkg. Burton Ale (White Labs #WLP023)


It turned out wonderfully!  You can taste the cinnamon up front - the cinnamon seems to hang heavily in the head, which is very thick, creamy, beige in color and clings to the glass from the top all the way to the last sip.  You don't get a lot of anything in the aroma unfortunately; next time I want to focus on trying to make some of those spices a bit more prevalent in the aroma.  I also feel this brew is a little lacking in mouthfeel, however it's not to the point it seems watery or not representative of the style.  It seems like the chocolate malt comes through nicely in the body of the beer with a touch of the black patent bringing a little tinge of bitterness.  When combined with that bit of ginger, it adds a bit of 'tingle' to the palate - it's almost as if it's inviting you to take another drink! 

Overall I think this turned out amazingly well!  Next time I want to work on the aroma and mouthfeel but everything else I felt was spot on.  It really gives you that 'holiday' feel and I can't wait to enjoy this with friends and family when the winter weather is upon us and we're all celebrating the holidays together.

I'll get some pictures up soon; haven't had as much opportunity to snap pictures of some of this as I wanted yet, but soon!

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