Beer Review: Lodi Beer Co. Plowshare Porter

I’ve mentioned Lodi Beer Co. to you, my dear Congregants, for a long time.  It really is one of my favorite places for beer in the Central Valley. Great food, and a great assortment of great beers. Awesome ambiance, and courteous service. What more can you ask for from a brewpub? Not much, and here is one of my favorite beers that is regularly available from them.

imageSo after the Belgian Brown I had at lunch, I knew that I was looking at a 1 beer limit, since I was driving. One of the nice things about a brewpub is that you can usually get growler pulls to take home, and when at a brewery of this quality, you should take advantage of this convenience. A growler is a half-gallon jug of beer which you can take home and enjoy with friends who could not be with you at the pub. Tonight, with some family, I cracked this growler open and was rewarded with a wonderful example of the porter style.

Appearance: To begin, the beer is dark…way dark. Light is not easily seen through the glass. Much darker than you would expect from a porter. The head from the growler is light and only a thin layer sticks around through the drink, with little to no lacing.

Aroma: Nose is subdued, with hints of roast, malt and alcohol, even with swirling to get some head up. The dominant note in the nose is roast, promising that coffee lovers will be pleased with this beer.

Mouthfeel: Nice and full-bodied, without being syrupy.

Flavor: Roast is prominent up front, giving way to a depth of malt, and little to no discernible hop character. Roast is wonderful; sticks around for quite a long time through the finish.

Overall: This beer is only 5.8% abv, so it’s eminently drinkable. The roast is a nice way to end the evening here in sunny, but windy, California. The sweetness makes it perfect for the evening, and would work well as an after dinner beer. It really is one of my favorite offerings from Lodi Beer Company, and I’m already looking forward to having it again!

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