I Hereby Announce the Winners of the Second Meeting of the Maine Zymurgy Society.

2011 April 10
by admin

The second meeting of the Maine Zymurgy Society was a complete success. We held the meeting in honor of the triumphant return of loyal Zymurgist, Chris Hale, for Columbia. The style was chosen in accordance with the preferences of Chris’ ladyfriend, Melina, who within 5 minutes of meeting me, proclaimed “I like beer with flavor, with darkness.” Who wouldn’t take that as a challenge?

The style we selected was “Porter,” a style of ale dark in color, sometimes with hints of red. This style has roasty, malty notes. Hops usually don’t predominate. Body is technically supposed to be lighter and thinner than a stout, but a lot of variation can be expected.

We tasted:

Beer Comments
Atlantic Brewing Company Coal Porter Poured deep black. Medium head. Roasty. Medium body. Pleasant, easy-drinking porter. Would go masterfully with fish and chips.
Anchor Porter Pours midnight black. Explosive, thick head. Mysterious, intriguing complex aroma with floral and banana notes (Courtesy of Chris Hale, who named it first!). Light, syrupy body, with clean finish. I wanted it to last forever.
Geary’s London Porter Poured dark red. Medium head. Slightly sour aroma, and thin body. Slight char in the initial flavor, and a slightly bitter aftertaste.

In an informal poll, a simple majority of Zymurgists preferred Anchor Porter. A competing simple majority insisted that the first majority was wrong, and that the Coal Porter was better. All agreed that the London Porter was a bit lacking.  A super-majority of Zymurgy participants voted to approve the consumption of more beer.

A special note: the Maine Zymurgy Society Congratulates Zymurgist Lord Mark Gartside, of Brunswick upon Maine, on the birth of his second son, Freddie. Of course, because Mark as unable to attend this Zymurgy, we made fun of the English porter – sipping it slowly, taunting it, mocking it, and smirking in a superior way at it when it’s back was turned.

With no further adieu:

Category Atlantic Brewing Coal Porter Anchor Porter Geary’s London Porter
Aroma


5.2 5.6 3.2
Head


4.2 6 4.8
Flavor


7.2 7.2 4.6
Body 6.8 5.5 4

Aftertaste


4.8 5 5.75
General 6.8 7 4.8

Anchor Porter won by a nose – literally. Geary’s was the clear loser, mostly due to low aroma scores.  For the next meeting of the Maine Zymurgy Society we’ll be looking at a style appropriate to the spring season.  Spring Ale? Mai Bock? Imperial Stout – just cause it’s Maine and that’s how we roll?

A special note: For each meeting of the Maine Zymurgy Society, we fill out “tasting sheets” and rate the different qualities of beers numerically.  Numbers certainly aren’t as expressive as words, but they allow us to compare beers over time.  Jaed felt too constrained by the linear world of numbers and letters and decided to express himself with pictures instead. What exactly he’s trying to express, I’m not sure, but even if the sentiment is as simple as “Ninja turtles are awesome, ” I’m impressed.

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The second meeting of the Maine Zymurgy Society was a complete success. We held the meeting in honor of the triumphant return of loyal Zymurgist, Chris Hale, for Columbia. The style was chosen with the preferences of Chris’s ladyfriend, Melina, who within 5 minutes of meeting me, proclaimed “I like beer with flavor, with darkness.” Who wouldn’t take that as a challenge?

The style we selected was “Porter,” a style of ale dark in color, sometimes with hints of red. This style has roasty, malty notes. Hops usually don’t predominate. Body is technically supported to be lighter and thinner than a stout, but a lot of variation can be expected.

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