Real Ale Shade Grown Coffee Porter

Real Ale Brewing Co

USA

Let's clear up a few things first. It's utter coincidence I found this beer right before Earth Day. And yes, I'm granola but not THAT granola, so before you blow off this review as being written by some flake, hear my story. My wife and I had one of those rare moments to sit quietly in a restaurant and have lunch together yesterday sans rugrats. I idly asked the nice waitress what was new and she told me about the coffee porter. At that time I did NOT know about the shade tree part (or the organic hops, for that matter; I found this all out after looking it up on Real Ale's website). However, knowing Real Ale doesn't brew a bad beer, I enthusiastically ordered it. So she placed this beautiful cinder-black pint in front of me, and I relished the hearty roasty aroma. Took a sip, and...ah, perfection. Wonderful roasted coffee, hints of dark chocolate, and pleasant hops punch. Oh, man, was this good! It didn't even matter that it didn't pair at all with the Mexican dish I chose off the menu; I remember the beer much more than the food. If you find this beer, you owe it to yourself to try it. Far out, man.

Reviewed: May 12, 2007

Rating: 8/10

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