Merchant: Ale Yeah!
Service: Growler of draft
Color: Black (about 35 SRM)
Temp: Cold. Growler shops often pour colder than proper consumption temperature. I can only assume that is so it’s just about right once you get home.
Smell: Sweet, roasted, caramel, coconut, subtle fruit (maybe date/fig).
Taste: As my growler filled I assumed I would categorize this as a “flavored” beer but this is a Porter all the way.
Initially you taste slightly bitter Chocolate but it quickly turns to roasted malt with a sweet coconut note that is fairly subtle. Even subtler is a dark fruit note. It’s interesting that the nose and taste are so similar.
The coconut continues to wake up as you work your glass to the bottom. But at no time does Chief Sawnee’s Stash Coconut Porter get tropical. This brew is very well balanced with nothing in the flavor profile overpowering. There are just enough hops here to keep it from being too sweet and tasting like a liquid Mounds™ candy bar. I was glad to find that this is not dessert beer. It’s very drinkable and fairly light. Definitely lighter than is 35 (or so) SRM color would suggest.
I love pairing a pint with a bite of food. This would be fantastic at Raging Burrito pairing perfectly with their Pineapple Jerk Burrito.
This is an excellent beverage you should seek out while supplies last. While supplies last? Yup, it’s a seasonal brew. No pressure.