Name: Beechworth Robust Porter
Brewery: Bridge Road (Beechworth, VIC, Australia)
Source: McCoppins (Fitzroy, Melbourne)
Every day for the last two months I have been opening my pantry door, casting my eye over the Robust Porter’s shiny bronze label and angry rock font, then rejecting it in favour of something more attractive.
Shallow, who me?
Anyway, today was the day for the RB bottle to leave it’s dusty, potato-scented home (I have one cupboard for beer and root vegetables) and join the illustrious ranks of my recycling bin. The reason is that at the Pacific Beer Expo in the weekend everyone was banging on about a fantastic beer called Biere De Garde, which I never got to try, but that I heard was by the same Australian brewery as this one – Bridge Road.
As you can see from the picture the beer had a very robust head. This was quite impressive seeing as it had looked so opaque and thick when I was pouring it, and I started to think that it might actually be a lot nicer than it’s label implied.
It smelled dark and roasty – like chocolate sauce, coffee beans, a little licorice perhaps and maybe even a hint of smoke. Not overly complex or intriguing but nice enough in a classic porter-y kinda way.
In the mouth I got sweetness first, then a blank and then a bitter, roasty malt finish. What I mean by blank is, it was almost as if the middle section of my tongue was coated in wax and couldn’t pick up any flavours. The beer was like a doughnut – OK around the edges but somehow missing it’s middle. I’m not sure if that makes any sense to anyone else, or what the proper term is for describing that hollowness (‘thin’ perhaps?), but lets just say it left me a bit unsatisfied.
P.S Quite frankly I could not be effed writing a post tonight (it happens once in a while!) so I may have come off a little harsh. I am looking forward to trying other Bridge Road beers – especially the ones with pretty labels.