Speakeasy’s Payback Porter

Speakeasy Payback PorterSpeakeasy Ales & Lagers was founded in 1997 in San Francisco’s Bayview District. Speakeasy set out to make legit beers for people in American cities and other areas that appreciated beers built for a more discerning palate. Their Payback Porter is a great example of a “legit” beer.

The beer pours a dark, deep brown with an espresso style head. Medium brown in color, the head is thin and foamy when poured but reemerges without any motion and shows staying power at that point. The carbonation level is also noted with the small bubbles that form on the bottom and sides of the glass as well as the lacing on the sides of the glass when the beer is drunk.

This robust porter offers aromas of dark chocolate intertwined with sweet caramel. Balancing the sweeter notes there are dark roasted coffee beans and almonds, toasted malts and a light cream note similar to the frothy top of a latte. The bouquet has a great balance between roasted and sweet aromas.

The mouthfeel is thick, rich and creamy. The first sip displays crème brulee (mainly the torched top of the dessert) and caramel. The mid palate packs a punch with bitter dark roasted coffee, dark roasted nuts and unsweetened cocoa. The finish is smooth with the flavor of lightly toasted malts and a hint of fruit (banana).

Speakeasy’s Payback Porter was a pleasant surprise! This fairy inexpensive beer over delivered for the price. A great beer for colder nights or for pairing with a wide variety of desserts. Complex yet balanced, Payback Porter is indeed “legit!” 3.5 Out of 5 Pints

The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Pints out of 5

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Sixpoint 3Beans

Sixpoint 3BeansA limited Baltic Porter release, 3Beans clocks in at 10% alcohol by volume, making it the strongest widely released beer from Sixpoint. The brewery’s excellent Double IPA Resin, can boast only 9% alcohol by volume.

The beer pours a rich dark brown with some good-looking ruby highlights when held up to the light. Its head is off-white and maxes out at about an inch before receding. It leaves a thin layer of foam sitting on top of the beer in its wake.

There is coffee and dark roasted malt on the nose, with some phenolic character. Lacks the roasted, espresso bitterness found in Russian Imperial Stouts, though it claims similar alcohol content. Instead, a more pronounced chocolate sweetness asserts itself.

The beer is very smooth with mild carbonation. It’s quite rich and chocolatey with a pleasant bitter sweetness. The coffee does not come across as strongly in the beer as it did in the nose. The alcohol content is masked quite well and it does not come across as an overly boozy beer. While quite rich it lacks the syrupy qualities one can find in large dark beers, and the body is a bit lighter than one might have expected from the appearance of the beer. It finishes off-dry with a roasty bitterness.

An admirable effort from Sixpoint and quite different from anything they’ve put out to date. 4 out of 5 Pints

The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.0 Pints out of 5

If You Liked This, Try: Gonzo Imperial Porter, Ballast Point Victory at Sea, Dogfish Head Chicory Stout

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