what: Palmetto Brewing’s Espresso Porter
ABV: 6 percent
cost: about $7.50 for a 6-pack
where: most outlets
Charleston’s Palmetto Brewing is one of the state’s oldest craft brewers, and its products have recently returned to the Columbia market after an absence of several years.
Espresso Porter is a collaboration between Palmetto and its next door neighbor Charleston Coffee Roasters, which, by the way, crafts superb coffees. This beer is based on the brown porter style blended with an exquisite espresso; the result is an exceptionally smooth ale with fresh espresso and rich, dark chocolate notes without the acrid bitterness found in robust porters, stouts and even espressos.
Espresso Porter is a sublime flavor experience of great depth and complexity — easily the best beer I have tasted from Palmetto. Savor this versatile beer before or after dinner or with aged cheeses such as gouda or cheddar. It would be splendid paired with any dessert that would be enhanced by a fine coffee. Cheers!
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