I did say we're on about Porters of late, didn't I? Why yes... just yesterday, in fact. We added a new one to the fridge today: Rogue Brewery's Mocha Porter. Which looks a lot like this:
The Bros like this one a lot, too, rating the brew "Exceptional." I'm beginning to think they've yet to meet a Porter they didn't like and there's some small body o' evidence to support that suspicion. Excerpt:
Just bought a six pack of the stuff, very tasty. I smelled that Rogue aroma from a mile away like a police drug dog sniffing for coke.
Great American porter, nice how they got so close with the chocolate and coffee flavours. I would not mind seeing this beer more often.
Well, we're only half-way through our first one but I tend to agree with Mr. Alström... we'll prolly see more o' this brew as time moves on. The beer is aptly yclept... that mocha flavor comes shining right through. Great good stuff, Maynard.
In other beer news... my local beer emporium no longer carries Abita beers and I have complained, mightily. It turns out that I am NOT alone, as it's not the beer emporium's problem... it's the local distributor who dropped Abita. Today's beer emporium attendant was very sympathetic as he mentioned that most of the Abita that went out the door was sold to employees... and me. He added that last to appeal to my vanity, I'm sure, but his point was well-taken.
Update, somewhat later: It occurred to me to question just why the beer guy offered up Singha as an alternative to Abita. I'm wonderin' if it was sumthin' along the lines o' parallelism, especially after I waxed nostalgic about N'Awlins and the great good times I had there in the way-back. It should be noted that I did NOT wax nostalgic about Bangkok, even though I could have.
Bangkok and N'Awlins DO have certain similarities... both cities are sultry (as in weather, as well as other areas) sensuous, sinful, friendly, welcoming, and immensely entertaining for the casual visitor, appealing as they do to all five of the senses, not the least of which are the culinary marvels that abound in both places. The cities could almost be equal, but I'd give the edge to N'Awlins, on two counts: the inherent gentility of the Old South and the architecture. And Mardi Gras. Bangkok (and the whole o' Thailand) has its Water Festival, but nuthin' equals Mardi Gras. I'm not just bein' an America-Firster with that statement... you KNOW, if you've been.
So there's that. And there's this: