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CHIOS SMOKED ROBUST PORTER: A TASTE OF THE ISLANDS
Knowing about the brewery of a beer, for almost all of us, can influence and change the experience. Michael Jackson confessed to being unable to identify beers he knew well when he was doing blind tasting, and we’re certainly not in his league. On the other hand, in craft beer, knowing something about the beer usually enhances the experience.
We don’t know a great deal about Chios other than it’s a valued local attraction and they brew very good beer. There seems something about the sea to this yummy smoked porter, though. Maybe there’s some salt or maybe it’s just suggestion, but it seems to us this could almost pass as an oyster stout.
We tasted it at Barley Cargo, one of Athens’s best beer bars. A short stroll from the main Parliament square, it’s also one of the city’s most accessible. If you can’t find good food nearby, you just aren’t trying.
Tasting notes: If this were a novel it would start “it’s a dark and creamy night”. Very very dark. The dark roasts blend pretty well, though with some dark sugars and dark fruits Some late salt suggests an oyster stout—more a stout <for> oysters than <from> them. Ellie thought it tasted stronger than the 6.2% it claims. [Beer Review # 0125 20170928]
Food Pairings: Oysters, of course. A squid ink pasta might be over the top, or the best combination in the Aegean.
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