Cape May Brewing Company
King Porter Stomp Chocolate Porter
American Porter
New Jersey
12oz, 6-Pack
Solid two finger head of tan foam, even with pockets of larger bubbles, retention is plus level, the lacing forms a scattered webbing here and there. Black liquid with a clean opacity, polished, you don't see the bubbles until they break the surface at a rapid clip. Dark chocolate, pie crust, roasted coffee beans and a brush of licorice anchor the nose, has a shadowy herbaceous, citric side, toasty enough to remain a porter and not a stout, great erect spine. Full-bodied, about as fleshy as you'd want in a porter, drying finish keeps it on point. Toffee, milk chocolate, vanilla bean, challah bread, quality bouncing back and forth between sweetness and toast as well as herbal bite. There's not much fruit, maybe black cherry to blueberry. Have to like the subtly persistent grassy, hoppy nibbling. Has some florality and a good lift in the mouth. Carbonation is middling at best. A brew where the whole is indeed greater than the sum of the parts, refreshingly drinkable and more interesting than many immediate peers.
4 out of 5