There are times when I buy something and when I use it, I get disappointed. It might be an electronic device or something simpler. When it comes to food or drink, in our case beer, I keep this sad experience inside me, for a long time and there are times when I am very skeptical about something new from the same company. In this case thought, when I read that Chios Brewery is producing a new beer I was sure that the result wouldn’t be bad. Judging by their first attempt, the Chios House Ale, my expectations were high.
This new attempt by Chios brewery is a seasonal beer, which was presented in the market just before Christmas, it was 7th of December when they haven’t started bottling yet.
Chios Smoked Robust Porter is a beer with thick, long duration, brown foam. It doesn’t have the regular foam with brown highlights. I would say that it reminded me a bit of wood, maybe I was influenced by the aromas that came directly to my nose.
In my nose apart of the wood and the smoke, came coffee and bitter chocolate. Aromas usually distinguished in Porters. As the beer was getting warmer I could discern fruity aromas and among them notes of vanilla and a bit of grass.
The beer, as a Porter, is black in color and we cannot discern anything from inside the glass. A “night” in all its glory, fully obscured with 40 SRM. Without carbonate, Chios Black (briefly Chios Porter) is a beer with medium body, where we can immediately understand chocolate and coffee, it has nothing to do with the smoked beers that remind us pork, as its aromatic and tasting smoked is elegant and eclectic. It is not as strong and heavy and in the taste I felt caramel. As it was warming up the more intense was the smoked malt. It reminded me of the highly roasted malts I’ve tried in breweries or a little more baked bread.
The beer in the end leaves a bit of dryness in the mouth. The aftertaste is creamy with a taste of coffee and it has a long duration. But it dries a lot the mouth. At this point it leaves a taste of oil (not towards the body). The alcohol isn’t easily understood during the consumption.
Chios Smoked Robust Porter, with 35 IBU (International Bittering Units) and alcohol 6,2%adv, something that makes it not to strong, makes it immediately suitable to be consumed even in the first days of spring. In my fridge I did not had the proper temperature (about 6°C) so I had to let it warm up a bit to try it, so ideal serving temperature is between 12-14°C. It is produced by smoked malt in beechwood, roasted and caramelized. Hops that have been used where from E.K Goldings variety.
You can find it in selected liquor stores and restaurants or pubs, in bottles of 330ml. Clearly worth’s a try. It’s one of the cases that did not disappoint me there were not a bad background anyway. Chios Smoked Robust Porter confirms the careful work that is done in the island of Chios. It’s a beer would drank with closed eyes as many times as you gave it to me..
You can find it online at Greek Beer Shop
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