Balearic Craft: Popaire and @CervezaIbosim Collaboration – Carob Porter


I think I’ve mentioned before that my sister-in-law lives in Ibiza, which means that I get the occasional decent Spanish beer to try.

This Carob porter really was one of the decent ones.  Apparently it’s the result of a collaboration between the Popair and Ibosim breweries – and if this is the result, maybe they’d like to do more in future…

Poured out it, was as black as you like with that lovely tan head that you seem to get from the darker malts.

The nose was very faintly metallic, but that didn’t last too long being pretty much obliterated by a solid full roast theme that eventually gave way to a rich chocolate note, which I guess comes from the Carob.

The mouth-feel is a solid malty mouth-full, solid and uncompromising with lots of hefty smooth -and not at all acrid- roast.  Chocolate comes flooding back in at the end and with the 6% volume lends the whole thing an almost Imperial stout feel.

A masterful roasted maltiness.

Well done…and really not what you’d expect from this part of the world.

I’d have this again, without question.  Can’t help thinking that it’d be nice to have this in the Balearic winter when there’s a nip in the air and all the tourists have tickled off home…

BLACK! The Blackness! @TownMillBrewery – Black Ven

20141123_192152God, how I loved The Fast Show:

…and how I also love the output of the folks from the Town Mill Brewery in Lyme Regis.

Black(!) Ven pours a very suitably black, black, with a nice faintly off-white head.

The nose is all minerals and malt with a subtle fruitiness.

There’s lots of carbonation up-front before you get to the taste and then it’s all warm alcohol, complex woody and fruity notes and then a very gentle charred note at the back. A good mouth-feel – despite the slightly generous carbonation.

Black Ven gets even more complex after the swallow and resurges nicely with leather and wood and more gentle char.

I think this is a lovely, complex porter – but I do wish it was a tad less carbonated.

Mouth-watering and tasty.

Well done (again) Town Mill…