North Richland Hill’s False Idol Brewing has released their Nine Realms, a Baltic Porter. The beer is a gem which tantalizes the taste buds with its rich and complex flavors. As a beer enthusiast that loves all forms of dark beer styles, I must say this one stands out among the crowd. With a moderate 7.5% ABV, it strikes a perfect balance between potency and drinkability, making it a must-have choice for both seasoned beer aficionados and those exploring the world of craft brews.
Upon pouring this ebony elixir into a glass, one is greeted with an alluring aroma that immediately hints at the indulgence to come. The tan head that pours from each pounder can will gradually work its way down the glass as one continues to work through the porter . The dominant notes of coffee are unmistakable, wafting through the air like a freshly roasted brew. The scent is bold yet inviting, making it difficult to resist taking further sips.
The taste is a symphony of flavors dancing on the palate. The coffee essence from the aroma translates beautifully onto the tongue, delivering a robust and satisfying java experience. However, it’s the subtle touch of vanilla that elevates this brew to a whole new level of complexity. The vanilla adds a creamy and slightly sweet dimension to the bold bitterness of the coffee, rounding out the taste profile and lending a smoothness to each swallow.
The brewers at False Idol Brewing have meticulously crafted this beer to be best enjoyed at a variety of tempuratures, which enhances the overall tasting experience as one continues their journey deeper into the stuff. Nine Realms’ flavors of toasted malt and nutty coffee are perfectly balanced, and the beer’s character truly shines through. The mouthfeel is velvety and full-bodied, coating the mouth with a luxurious texture that entices you to savor each sip. The finish is lingering, allowing the delightful taste of coffee and vanilla to linger on the palate, making it a truly memorable brew.
In conclusion, False Idol Brewing’s Nine Realms Baltic Porter is a stellar example of a well-crafted dark beer. Its seamless marriage of coffee and vanilla creates an irresistible symphony of flavors that will surely satisfy any lover of dark brews.