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Beer Review – Narragansett Porter

By Boozedancing @boozedancing

Narragansett Porter

A while back, I met G-Lo for lunch and on the way back to the train, I heard the siren’s call and found myself in the Foodery. Along with a number of sours (to further my education), I picked up a beer that I was fairly certain I would like, the Narragansett Porter. I am a big fan of the style and find that it is great by itself or as a complement to a meal. Anyway, the beer comes from the Naragansett Brewing Company. ‘Gansett was founded in  Cranston, RI in 1888. After a variety of ownership changes, the beginning and end of Prohibition and then several more ownership changes, Narragansett, in 2005, was purchased by a group of Rhode Island investors. Today, production is contract brewed by the Genesee Brewing Co. The lager and light beers are brewed by in Rochester, NY while the bock and porter are craft-brewed in Providence, RI and Pawcatuck, CT.

Here is what Narragansett has to say about their Porter:

Gansett Porter offers an extremely approachable craft experience that, unlike many of the other porters on the market, is not overly smoky or bitter. The Narragansett Porter has a deliciously mild chocolate flavor with just a hint of smokiness and hops to balance out the finish.

I found this beer to be…

  • Appearance: Ruby-tinged, chocolate brown with lots of tan foam.
  • Aroma: Coffee, roasted malt and a little smoke.
  • Taste: Sweet and slightly bitter with a smooth roasted finish.
  • ABV: 7%

This was a good beer; not exceptional but a solid effort. And, I found that it really didn’t seem to lose anything coming out of the can. I only wish that I had bought two cans.

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