Just like you, but different
Fortune Favours The Gatekeeper – Leeds St Porter. This magnificent thing is c/- my mystery Secret Santa person from Twitter. They’ve outdone themselves and win my eternal gratitude and love. This is a craft beer in a one-off fill your own can, something they can do, and desired to me with a glass. It is a thing to behold.
the perfect solution when you really feel like
A Porter that is 5.5% ABV and about 165 calories a serve size, this is 946ml of a canned craft beer and this 4.11 standard drinks in one can!
A dark malty Porter enhanced with the addition of locally sourced Coffee Beans and Cocoa Nibs.
At the gateway to Leeds St lies Fortune Favours brewery and bar. Within its walls dwells the Gatekeeper; a dark, malty beer enhanced with additions of locally sourced coffee and chocolate. Despite its ability to keep you awake at night it is a genuinely approachable porter, full of flavour without being too heavy. Some would say it is the perfect solution when you really feel like a beer, but are also suffering from caffeine withdrawal! Coffee and cocoa nibs provide an extra boost to the classic porter flavours, nothing over the top but definitely noticeable. A healthy dose of Taiheke hops adds further complexity and provides balance.
So, What could possibly go wrong?
Lovely burst of Coffee when you pop that lid as it did with a crisp crack, and it’s well behaved and stayed mostly in the can 🙂
Green Coffee bean aroma along with a nice coffee aroma, sort of berry sweet, Sightly more bitter than I expected.
Fruity sweetness at the finish that was too excited. To labour it this is a fruity sweet porter with a nose of coffee.
I’d have liked this to be fuller in the mouthfeel and less berry sweet, but it’s not hard to enjoy and is easy to drink, as it warms the coffee base really begins to settle this down and bring some overall depth to the fore.
The coffee bean though just a little too green and it carries that sweetness to far, but hey when I’m next on the world tour in Wellington meet me at the bar and we can talk about this and other things.
The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 of its things from the thing. No it’s not the best beer I’ve had but it is amongst the most memorable because the giant can, the glass and the generosity of strangers. I’d have liked this to be fuller and have more body and be less berry sweet. but I like it enough.
The double dip review
Music for this: I’ve let Spotify choose me a list of my song from this year, and there’s music from The National, Elbow, Slowdive, The Stranglers, and others
I went with a Stranger video.
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.