I actually stopped into the Penny Farthing CBAW store to pick up a Driftwood Overboard Impy Pilsner. As I browsed the bomber selection (which is getting much better) the Wolf Brewing label popped out at me. Great! I can see how the new owners of Fat Cat are doing. Their first release(s) are long overdue. Another evil thought popped into my head: damnbeerblogger will not review this one first!
Black Tail (Porter - Wolf Brewing) = 7/10
Ratebeer - not listed
Beer Advocate - ditto
It is not a good start with a very faint nose. Perhaps a bit of heavily roasted coffee beans, but just smells like cool menthol. I must give them credit for actually providing a taste description on their label, "Robustly rich, creamy head, hints of coffee and molasses, bold disposition." They got it pretty bang on; except for the lack of head part. It does have a creamy, medium-full body, but not quite robust. Then again, my idea of robust is a tad skewed. There is lots of roast to spare, with a good backup of chocolate and thin coffee. The molasses is there too: blackstrap style. Hidden in the back is a slight herbal hop presence. As expected the aftertaste is dry with a long linger of cocoa and stale Timmy's coffee. Despite the potentially unappealing description, it is a pleasurable aftertaste. As the brew warms up, berry fruitiness becomes noticeable. If I must find a fault with this beer, which is hard to do, perhaps it is a tad thin. This is a solid porter. Not as good as Anchor or Black Boss, but much better than average.
Alcohol Content +1 6%
Appearance +1 (elegant label, very wine-like)
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