Cohanâ€™s Porter is a unique Irishmanâ€™s Porter recipe, written by Parting Glass founder, Bob Cohan, and brewed exclusively under Bobâ€™s supervision. The beer is a dark brown in color, with a lot of maltiness and a rich roasted character. The moderate body interacts with the low hop flavor very nicely, creating a delicate interweb of subtleties and innuendos. The overall result is a dark, rich porter, with medium hop character and aroma. Surprisingly vivid for its low ABV, this is a nice session beer for a night on the town, or just a quiet drink with friends. Look for it around September.
The third in our trio of Imperial IPA variations, the Magnum IPA is so named because it uses the extremely bitter hop variety Magnum. There is a medium amount of maltiness, with a moderate body, in stark contrast to the other two. The hops are extremely bitter, with less aroma and flavor than the Double Hop or Mega IPA, but with a bit more overall bitterness. The finish is less hop-oriented than the other two, with residual sweetness and little hop finish.
The porter is an old style that originated over three centuries ago in England. A smoked flavor interacts nicely with the sweetness. This is a moderately bitter beer, although the bitterness is undermined by the low hop aroma and flavor. The overall impression is of a traditional English porter, moderately dark, with roasted flavorings, and a little maltiness thrown in.
A great beer for black and tans.
This hybrid is a cross between our Double Hop IPA and a big American IPA. There is a moderate body, which interacts interestingly with the hops. The very bitter American hops used are quite different from the fragrant hops of the Double Hop, with the result being a bitterer beer with a little more flavor and a quite different aroma. The overall impression is of a big American IPA, brewed with bitter hops, in a quite different take on the style than our Double Hop IPA.
The Imperial IPA is a very new style, created by taking a regular IPA and amping it up a bit. It is a little lighter in color than a regular IPA, with a nice, vigorous golden hue. There is very little maltiness in this beer, although it has a moderate body. The hops are the stalwart backbone of the style. There is an incredible amount of hop flavor and bitterness, and a definite interplay of varieties and locales in the different types of hops. The dry finish is typical of an IPA, and the result is a big beer, with only a hint of maltiness and a lot of hop character.
An old English style, the ESB was the bitterest beer around during its heyday. It is colored gold, with a moderate maltiness and a medium body. The hop flavor is distinctly British, with a medium hop aroma and medium bitterness, and it interplays nicely with the body and the light, delicate carbonation. With its middle-of-the-road finish and its moderate strength, this is the perfect session beer. The overall impression is of a golden, moderately malty ale with medium hop flavor and bitterness. Expect to see it whenever the QCersâ€™ begging and pleading finally gets to me.