Some associate St. Patrick’s Day with green beer, but it’s really all about the blackness, and with that in mind, we had an easy time deciding what to do with our March Beer Education Project tasting at Electric Burrito: Dublin Mojo.
But like the whole green beer thing, a little reading will reveal that stouts and porters are really quite rooted in London, not Dublin. I spent some time talking about history, trying to do porter’s esoteric life justice. I tried to be succinct. I tried to make Martyn and Ron proud.
We picked a wide array of brews within this family of styles, hitting on dry, sweet, oatmeal and Russian imperial.
The Beers: Hub City Olde Browne Porter, Fuller’s London Porter, Guinness Stout, Brau Brothers Cream Stout, Brau Brothers Whirly Bird Oatmeal Stout, Raccoon River’s Stonecutter Stout, Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout and Samuel Smith’s Imperial Stout.
It was a good night of learning for everyone in attendance, and there were wide range of flavors noted in this handful of related beers. We talked about calories and body and chocolate and alcohol content and grains and flavors and misconceptions and aromas and the ridculous notion of tossing corned beef and cabbage inside a burrito.
And then we roasted marshmallows by candlelight to pair with the Sam Smith’s before draining the rest of the bottles on the table.