I hate to start this post off with such an upsetting notion, but would you like to hear something that sets new, staggering, heart-breaking standards for suckdom? I have an ear infection (that’s fine), but in order to eliminate this aforementioned ear infection, I have to start taking antibiotics today, which will prohibit me from alcohol consumption throughout the duration of the course (not fine). If I were going to ensure the survival and prosperity of Whosisbrew, I knew I would have to act quickly and decisively, so last night I wrote three new reviews in addition to however many I already had prewritten. My liver is saying “Well, thanks, ‘precciate it.” And I’m saying “Tough. Deal with it.” So in other words, even with my illness, you will still receive a steady stream of content this week. I hope you enjoy, it was somewhat challenging (but totally enjoyable).
I’ve been living in the Northeast since, well, forever. This means that I’ve been treated to quenching my thirst with a much-loved beer in these parts, Yuengling Traditional Lager, which I reviewed a while back. It’s one of the many benefits of living here, and one I do not take lightly. However, something recently dawned on me and I found it quite alarming. Yuengling Traditional Lager is the only beer I have ever tried from Yuengling Brewery. I mean, what? In addition to their lager, they make a black & tan, a bock, and (you guessed it) a porter! And it’s brewed with bottom-fermenting yeast! As someone who looks upon the Yuengling Brewery with a great deal of fondness, I feel it is my duty to try their range of beers, and you know damn well I’m starting with their porter.
The beer poured with a moderate, rocky, soapy tan head (very reminiscent of root beer), which receded at a slow rate and left nice lacing on the side of the glass. Black was the dominant color, but tints of chestnut brown were also visible on the base of the glass. The aroma was understated, but pleasantly so, as it included light sweetness, subtle hints of dark roasted barley, and some very light herbal hop scents.
Mild sweetness, a little bitter dark chocolate and dark roasted grain make up a light, but nice range of porter flavor. The flavors blend quite well, and they create a pleasant balance between bitter and sweet. I would say the dark, grainy sweetness is the most prominent flavor, but the underlying chocolate flavor and sufficient bitterness rounds out this beer’s sweetness very well. The flavors themselves are mild overall, but there’s enough going on in this beer to keep it interesting. This beer’s best feature, however, is its drinkability. The taste is guided by a very thin and slightly watery mouthfeel, but in this context it works because of the lightness of the flavor.
Someone might drink this beer and think “Eh, this is just your every day, cookie cutter porter,” but there is something about this beer that I can’t quite explain. I’m inexplicably drawn to it. This beer just has a wonderful comforting effect. The pleasant mildness of the flavor prohibits this beer from being very challenging, and the lightness and smoothness of the mouthfeel makes it go down so easy. Don’t get me wrong, a challenging beer is wonderful, but sometimes you need a beer that will put its proverbial arm around you, give you a playful nudge on the chin and say “You’re all right, kid.” Yuengling Porter is that beer.