>Kelham Island Brewery

A few weeks back, I posted this article waxing lyrical about The Hunter’s Inn, a pub that truly made my day. More particularly, a certain beer that I enjoyed there made my day.
Kelham Island’s Brooklyn Smoked Porter really knocked me for six. I have tasted beers with the word ‘smoked’ in the title before and found the majority of them to be shocking. If you’re going to accentuate a smoked aspect of a beer, then it’s got to be balanced; I find this small, yet vital, point is missed all too often,. There’s nothing worse than a pint that tastes likes a packet of Bacon Fries.
But this is balanced. Wonderfully so, in fact. The smoke comes through the initial bone-dry coffee and bitter chocolate hit – not on top of it. As you would expect form a porter, it packs a hefty 6.5 abv – although you would never know from the taste. Give me a pint of this and a slice of Chocolate Brownie on a cold day ( a strange thought to have on a summer’s day but bear with me) and I’m laughing.
I know taste is subjective, but this truly was a gorgeous pint – and surely a flagship for this well-known Sheffield Brewery. Seek it out.

* By the way, any brewery that has a couple of beers named after Springsteen songs are OK with me. Whoops, just outed myself as a fan of The Boss.

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Blog: https://goodfoodgoodbeer.wordpress.com/ I'm Leigh Linley; born and bred in Leeds, and writing about it since 2005. TGS exists solely to highlight the great beers that are out there; brewed with passion by Craft Brewers around the World. I also edit the 'Tavern Tales' section of Culture Vulture, which looks at Pubs and Pub Life rather than the beer in the glass.

Posted on 05/06/2008, in Brooklyn Smoked Porter, Kelham Island Brewery. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. >I completely get your meaning on smoke. That Brooklyn Smoked Porter sounds like the cat’s pajamas with a slice of chocolate brownie (and haha at your Springsteen love!).

  2. >Isn’t it amazing how dark beers and brownies go together? I used to hate dark beers but once I discovered the chocolate-coffee tones I was hooked.

  3. >Heather – Hi! I’ve been on ‘Vacay’ as you guys like to say!

  4. >Sounds lovely. I’ve been impressed with everything I’ve tried from Kelham Island. You definitely need balance with smoke flavours!

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