Stone Smoked Porter
We recently passed through Bagby to visit my aunt who lives just outside of the village. After arriving just before lunch, we all decided to head down to Kilburn for a traditional pub meal. The weather on this day was atrocious and I couldn’t think of anything better than having a steaming hot stew or pie to warm my insides.
Needless to say the food was fantastic, but the John Smith’s I had to wash it down with was not so pleasing. I know I was in the middle of nowhere and to not expect too much, but the beer felt old fashioned, like something that belonged in the 90s, rather than the present.
The present however, does have many new exciting offerings, and one of these, the Stone Smoked Porter was absolutely fantastic when I tired it whilst briefly passing through York. YM and I stopped off at the York Tap (a gorgeous craft beer pub), and were delighted with the selection available. They were stocking The Bruery, as well as Pond Hopper, both of which were sadly well out of our price range at £20 and £25 per bottle respectively.
The Stone happily was only £6, and this seemed like a bargain in comparison, so without further ado, we split the cost and shared the bottle. The porter pours a deep dark colour that is more black than brown with a thin off white head. On the nose is a mild smokiness, with hints of coffee, cocoa and dark chocolate. I really hoped that after smelling these flavours the beer would taste just as good and i can happily report that i was not let down in the slightest.
At the front of the palate there is a slight bitterness coupled with roasted malts. The smokiness follows, and it is certainly a pleasing taste, rather than being overpowering. The overall mouthfeel of the beer is excellent, and leaves you wanting more and more of the smokiness and coffee it so well captures.
A big thumbs up for the Stone Smoked Porter.