Seventh Day of Christmas, Yo-Ho Brewing Company, Tokyo Black, Porter

The seventh day of christmas beers takes us back to a previous brewery. Yo-Ho Brewing has produced an English Porter that is just as much to style as the earlier Yona Yona Pale Ale.

Earthy bitter hop aroma on the nose. Spicy hop aroma with a slight pine resinous scent. Really the smell if you were to go into the woods and dig up a spot of dirt and take a deep inhale. Slight malty sweetness. Tan head that dissipates slowly. Very thin head lingers around the perimeter of the glass and the tiny bubbles ebb and flow with each sip. Jet black and unable to see through the glass. Slight malt sweetness on the front of the taste but finishes with a very dry finish from the hops. There is a roasted aroma that lingers in the aftertaste of the beer. Definitely to style for an english porter. There is a lingering malty roasted flavors that persist in the full body mouth feel.

This is a very well made version of the English Porter. For this reason I would pair English food. Something like a meat pastry would hold up well with this beer. The roasted flavors of the porter would go well with the grease and meat of the meat pastry.

Beer Information: Can, Canning Date (unknown), Expiration Date (08/23), Made from foreign malt, ABV 5%, SRM (none listed but would judge about an 40 SRM)

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