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Beer – #661 – Good George – Salted Caramel Chocolate Porter

I know right? What are the people in Hamilton all about and what are they up to when their creations include Salted Caramel Chocolate Porter. I bumped into Matt from Good George at a tasting he was hosting and he was quite enthusiastic about this, so a big thank you to Matt.

..a collaboration between Good George and Donovans Chocolate to produce a salted caramel porter in a can.. 

This is a 330ml can of beer that is 280 calories of a 6% ABV beer making it 1.6 standard drink units. Good George have just moved into can delivery.

Brewed by Good George Brewing in the style of a Porter  and they are in Hamilton, New Zealand

Goodness Gracious

Goodness Gracious

A rich, full bodied porter with chocolate character from Donovans chocolate, slight coffee, a hint of caramel and a dash of salt.

So what could possibly go wrong?

I was slightly disappointed with the can packaging, it’s obviously a blank with a wrapped label, it’s not sitting quite right on the blank. But I’m being picky.  Even my old man eyes can read the words clearly. All that does it make me want to open this and drink it.

Rip that tab and a delicious sweet aroma then a burst of coffee,  wonderful.

Dark pour with a film of a head, in the glass there is a lot of coffee and smoked aroma underlying  chocolate sweetness.

Good George - Salted Caramel Chocolate Porter copyThere is so much going on in this beer, all of it lovely, and some of it wonderful.

Firstly for a porter this bang on.

Rich fruity, slightly bitter finish, lovely mouthfeel, that alone is a joy.

Then there is the merest hint of saltiness, really it’s a trace, but it’s effective and clever.

Then there is coffee linger that this leaves, and that is really nice to.

Then I burped and it all began again. Probably shouldn’t have mentioned that, but it did.

What I’ve noticed is that I just want drink some more of this. But it is a can, and I have only the one, my newest treasure.

Did I mention that finish?, which now wavers towards dryer and woodier, smokier.

If this was just a porter it would awesome, and then they added the extra things that add little layers and notes to the mix that all chyme in and play a part. I like it. I like it a lot.

I’m annoyed that I have to finish it because I’d easily go another. Wonder what it’s like on tap.  Can’t recall a nicer beer I’ve had recently.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 9 of its things from the thing. I’ve had more than a few porters in the last few beers, this might be amongst the best of them, and then the other things like the cable saltiness, the chocolate thing and the smokiness and the rich fruit things. It might just be the ducks nuts.  It would be a perfect beer if there was just a smidgen more chocolate in it, but then you can never have too much chocolate right.

The double dip review

  • Am I enjoying it? This is spectacular.
  • Would I have another? I would so love another.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? IF you like dark beers this would be a revelation, delivering some familiar things and then some unusual but not weird things to deliver something special and clever.

Music for this, ” Spector” have an album ” Moth Boys”  which of course you can listen to on Spotify. Spector is a four-piece indie rock band from London, I though the vocals were strong and lyrically it wasn’t half bad.


Black or chocolate malt gives the porter its dark brown color. Porters are well hopped and heavily malted. This is a medium-bodied beer. Porters can be sweet. Hoppiness can range from bitter to mild. Porters are often confused with stouts.

One comment on “Beer – #661 – Good George – Salted Caramel Chocolate Porter

  1. kingmidget
    August 30, 2015

    All these things that are good. Salted caramel. Chocolate. Beer. But together? Sigh. I’ve commented this before, I’ll do it again … some of these combinations just seem somewhat ridiculous, but it sounds like this was a good one.


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