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Sprecher Brewing Company’s Generation Porter

Tonight brings us our second foray into Sprecher Brewing Company’s beer- the Generation Porter. This Robust Porter was initially brewed in 2004 to celebrate Sprecher’s 20th anniversary. It is a limited release from their Premium Reserve line. It is brewed with Dutch cocoa and pure raspberry concentrate. Here’s hoping it tastes as great as it sounds!

Generation Porter
The Generation Porter pours a very dark brown, bordering on black. There was initially about an inch and a half of head, though that subsided fairly quickly into about a quarter inch, which stayed for a while. There was a fair amount of lacing.
Holy raspberries, Batman! Within half a second of the cap coming off I could smell them. Getting in a little bit closer, I can begin to smell the chocolate undertones. The next aroma is more unique-- it smells like when you're really impatient toasting marshmallows over a campfire, so you just light the whole thing on fire. I suppose burned sugar would be perhaps a more appropriate way of phrasing it, but I'm totally one of those people who lights marshmallows on fire, so that description resonates with me more, and illustrates my positive feelings for it more than silly old burnt sugar. As the beer warms up, this in combination with the chocolate takes over the aroma from the raspberries- I like that sort of complexity.
For me, the burnt sugar flavor is in the forefront of the beer. I wish that were a little bit more sweetness to balance this out. This morphs into highlighting the raspberry, which I think actually pairs fairly nicely with the rest of the beer. The ending note is the Dutch cocoa; it comes off as a tad bitter to me, which is weird since apparently Dutching cocoa is supposed to make it milder and smoother than regular chocolate. For me it just needs a little bit more sweetness to compliment the bitter/burnt flavors. Even more coffee notes would be nice in terms of balancing; I will note, for using raspberry concentrate, it doesn't taste fake or weird, which is quite the feat.
Though it poured high carb, there doesn't seem to be a lot now; it has a light to moderate body, making this a very drinkable beer while still giving a lot of flavor.
I don't actually know how much this one cost, so I'm putting a 4 due to my assumption that it was reasonably priced 🙂
Compared to the IPA2, this shows a huge amount of improvement. It's still not my favorite, but it shows a certain level of complexity that I haven't gotten previously from Sprecher beers. If it had a touch of something to balance out the burned sugar, it would be quite fantastic.

Beer Stats
Style: Robust Porter
Serving: Bottle
Size: 16oz
ABV: 5.73%
BA Score: 78
RB Score: 67

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Written by Paige Deckert

Paige is a fifth year graduate student at Penn State; she received her craft beer education while bartending during undergrad at the University of Illinois. Over several months, Rogue’s Dead Guy served as her gateway beer, because it was $2/pint on Thursdays, and thus offered the highest ABV/$. This eventually turned into enjoyment, and everything is history from there. Her first legal beer was Robert the Bruce on cask at the Blind Pig in Champaign, followed by the Duchess de Bourgogne. Paige has visited over 15 breweries, including Great Divide, Bells, Jolly Pumpkin, Three Floyds and Dogfish Head, with plans to add more in 2012 via trips to San Diego, Phoenix, and Austin. Paige became friends with Russ (and subsequently Garrett) when they became friends on untappd. She clearly remembers seeing a check-in of his and thinking, “Who is this clown checking into Miller Light at the Shandygaff?” Soon thereafter he introduced himself at a Zeno’s beerfest, and they bonded over their beer geekery (sans adjuct lagers). Find Paige Deckert on Google Plus

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