As I continue my journey on the midnight train, I found myself at Mohawk Bend wanting to have something malty before the Pliny The Younger got pouring and decided to make stop two on my porter journey Shallow Grave by Heretic.
For the life of me, I couldn’t find anything on this beer. The label speaks of rich chocolate and caramel malts with a touch of warmth and then goes on about digging graves. I have sampled Heretic Gramarye before, so I was hoping to get something close to that caliber with this beer.
It pours an extremely dark brown with a nice bubbly tan head that leaves a pretty good lace. The aroma has a strong roasted malt character with notes of coffee and smoke and a hint of herbal hops. Medium bodied with a creamy mouthful. The flavor starts with a light coffee that moves to a sweet caramel and finishes with a bitter coffee note with a bit of herbal earthiness. The aftertaste has a strong roasted malt presence that provides a lingering bittersweet chocolate flavor.
For going in completely blind on this one, I was not disappointed with the flavors. It provided a great combination of chocolate and coffee malts with just the right amount of sweetness. I did feel like I was drinking a light stout instead of a porter, especially with the 7% ABV. That being said, I’d probably pass on this one in the future as it really didn’t leave much of a lasting impression on me, but I’m glad I got the chance to try it.
|Availability||Limited Bottle and
|Rating||3 out of 5|
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