Porter • 5.5 % ABV • Tenby, Wales
Killing two birds with one stone today, I Thought that I would do a review on Tenby Brewing Co’s Black Flag Rum Porter seeing as I’m cooking up a gammon joint recipe with it. I have a fair bit left in the bottle so it would be a shame to waste it.
A microbrewery based in Tenby, Wales. Their mission is to produce full flavoured beers, using the best ingredients and leaving as little impact on the environment as possible.
The beer I’ll be tasting is a rum porter which is described as containing lots of coffee and chocolate notes along with a touch of vanilla spiced rum.
Lets crack this wonderful 500ml bottle open! Don’t see too many of them any more….
Ruby brown to dark in colour with crystal clear clarity, Black Flag pours and produces a massive and lively light tan head. The head sticks around for quite some time after pouring.
Along with a little roasted malt, the aroma is made up of sweet chocolate, a little smooth vanilla and surprisingly a warming sensation at the back of the throat on breathing in, despite the low 5.5% ABV. This must be the rum trying to shine through.
A little roast coffee is present on the retro nazal too.
Where the aromas were somewhat subtle, the flavour is kicked up a notch. Smooth chocolate and vanilla come in at the forefront, leading to the darker roasted malts and coffee. Finally, the spicy rum comes in at the very end. A sweetness is present through each of the stages.
A lasting malt based roast bitterness seals the deal and brings things to an end.
This is a smooth and creamy porter with a moderately high level of carbonation. The small bubbles from the carbonation really help to build on the creaminess.
Tenby Brewing Co’s Black Flag Rum Porter is nicely in line with the properties of a classic porter with the addition of Rum.
Although there is just a small hiss when popping the cap, my bottles have been pretty damned lively. The moment the beer hits the glass, it converts quickly into bubbles.
The bottle really needed to sit after opening for about 30 minutes then it’s perfect.
Despite this, the porter was still plenty carbonated and delicious.
Worked a treat in my gammon joint too!
If you have had an opportunity to try a bottle then visit @biertaster and let me know what you thought of the Tenby Brewing Co’s – Black Flag Rum Porter.