Monday, February 16, 2015

Zinful Porter

As tradition dictates, we stopped in at Moat Mountain Smokehouse and Brewing for lunch, beer, and growler refills on our way home after vacation.

As always, the food was delish. But for me, it's all about the beer.

Many favorite Moat brews were available on tap, but there was a new-to-me on there, as well!


Zinful Porter (6.1% ABV) is a small batch version of Moat's regular smoked porter that is aged in Zinfandel barrels.

It was served in a 12 ounce snifter style glass. Zinful is deep and dark. The head was diminished by the time it arrived at our table, but what was left was dense and clingy. It left behind loose sporadic lacing.

The aroma was mildly roasty with of hints fruit and cocoa.

The taste is of roasty malt, cocoa, and coffee. There is a whisper of oak from the barrels but not much wine flavor comes through. The smoke from the porter is somewhat diminished; making this much different from its origins. The finish is fairly dry.

The mouth feel is smooth and slick with mellow effervescence.

Overall - good

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