It’s been getting quite cold out there and with the temperature dropping my palate tends to change a bit. I go from craving IPAs and blondes to absolutely NEEDING anything smoked and as black as my soul.

In comes Blacksmith Smoked Porter by Highlander Brew Co. I am definitely stretching our definition of ‘Toronto’ when the their brewery is located way up in South River, Ontario. It might be that I love camping in the area. (next time I go camping up there I will make sure to stop by and grab a few to go with my fire)

Their smoked porter is a bit strong sitting at a respectable 6.5% but for the winter this is pretty par for the course. You can pick up a bottle at most LCBOs.

I’m going to be honest, I ALWAYS love smoked drinks. Be they beer, scotch or anything else. The beer was sampled in a balloon glass and shared with Shawna.

Tasting notes:

Appearance: Super dark brown like mahogany or cola. Head is thick.
Aroma: sweet smoke and chocolate. Smoked barley. They weren’t kidding about the ‘smoked’ part.
Taste: More smoke with less sweetness. Smooth mouthfeel. Sweet aftertaste.
Aftertaste: The aftertaste becomes more complex with a hint of hops.
Overall: I would buy this again. It helps calm my smoke-tooth and is perfect for the winter.

Kole McRae

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.