|Holgate Temptress Chocolate Porter|
Quite the temptress
I've spent the day in the car today, driving to Canberra (and back) for the public tasting of the Canberra International Riesling Challenge. Now, after a long day of driving and tasting, the only way to properly refuel is that magical food/drink combination: Pizza and beer.
Tonight's pizza of choice was a Mexicana (cheese, pepperoni, capsicum, onion, garlic, chilli) with anchovies (my favoured additional topping. Love that salty/fishy goodness), matched to a icy cold Little Creatures Pale Ale. Sadly the Little Creatures was too tasty and barely touched the sides, leaving only this Holgate in the fridge. A rather enjoyable back-up plan it was too...
Described as a classic Porter with a 'tempting twist', this is infused with Dutch cocoa and whole vanilla beans, which sounds more like a beer plaything than a proper Porter. Yet this is pretty good - a rich, mid-weight and smoky porter with a sweet, chocolate milkshake vein through the palate that lingers rather nicely through the finish. I can't imagine drinking more than one but, right now, with a Wagon Wheel (quiet night at home dessert of choice) it's going down quite nicely.