Samantha is getting a little tired sharing a single beer with me for our daily Twelve Beers of Christmas project. She grumbled to me the other day, “A 350 ml beer split two ways is hardly even a taste! How I am supposed to write with any authority with such a small sample size?” So Sam came home all happy the other day with a slightly larger specimen (one litre!) of Cherry Porter from Wild Rose Brewery out of Calgary. Notice the smile of ecstasy?
But all is not fun and games. To bring you these serious beer reviews requires that we take photos first and drink later. Before Sam could sample the Cherry Porter she had to assist in making her own image. As you can see in the second photo Sam had to multitask being a photo model and a photo assistant at the same time! All that hard work makes one thirsty And so, on to the sample!
Our Tasting Notes
Sam thought this beer was loaded with promise and seemed perfect for Christmas but reported disappointment after the first sip or two. Very dark with hints of molasses but, as Sam said, “Hmmm…I don’t detect any cherry at all, unfortunately.” And neither did I! We like many of the beers that Wild Rose Brewery makes but we were hoping for a hint of cherry in either the nose or flavour but really this was like a regular ‘ole brown beer in a pretty big dress. Darn. See, Sam! Bigger isn’t always better. But lucky the sample was large enough for us to share!