Ballast Point was founded in 1996 by Jack White, who was a home brewer. Almost 30 years later, staying true to its roots, Ballast Point launched a new line of beers dubbed “Homework Series.” These beers are selected recipes entered by home brewers. The most recent winner and the 6th installment of the series is a robust porter.
The beer pours a deep dark brown color with ruby highlights when viewed against the light. The one finger mocha colored head dissipates somewhat quickly. Once the head has completely dissipated a light lacing remains atop the beer.
Aromas of roasted coffee and cocoa nibs highlighted by roasted malt notes. Sweet caramel and toffee notes intertwine seamlessly with a creamy marshmallow note. A smoky char aroma is also discernable. Some dark fruit notes can also be detected.
On the palate you’ll find charred malts, roasted coffee and chocolate notes. Sweet caramel and toffee are melded with a creamy lactose character. The dark fruit notes from the bouquet are also present on the palate. The deep roastiness of the malts and the coffee add a slight bitterness that aids in balancing the beer’s sweetness. The mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied.
This robust porter was rightfully chosen for batch 6 of the Homework Series line. It is well balanced and well brewed! This homebrewer should be proud! Try pairing this one with Colby, smoked brisket or brownie a la mode.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.0 Pints out of 5