Friday, January 23, 2015

Smokehouse Brewing Chocolate Cherry Zoltar Nitro (7/10)

Barley's Smokehouse produces this beer periodically.  It's an Imperial Porter brewed with cherries and aged in a cask.  This particular one, sampled in 2013, was also "carbonated" with nitrogen.

The beer pours a dark black color, as would be expected for a porter or stout.

The aroma has chocolate and cherries to it.

The flavor backs up the aroma, mixing the malty porter elements with dark chocolate and cherries.  The nitrogen makes for a long-lasting head and a very smooth mouthfeel.  For the style and the alcohol level, it's a very drinkable beer.

Beer Advocate has no rating for this beer.  RateBeer has only one 3.5 rating for it.  That's on par with my 7/10 rating.

You'll probably only find this beer at Barley's Smokehouse on Riverside in Grandview, but you might find it at Barley's Ale House in town near the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Flavor Profile:
Sweet, Malty, Dry, Bitter, or Sour:
 Malty, slightly sweet
Spice Level:  None
Hops Level: Low to Medium
Dominant Flavors: Malt, Cherry, Dark Chocolate
ABV:  7.5%
IBU:  Unknown, but I’d estimate mid 20’s to mid 30’s
My Rating: 7/10

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