There is an Irish restaurant / pub called “Dublin Square” that opened up in Bordentown, NJ about a year ago. I have been wanting to check it out since before it opened. Last week I finally made it out there. The menu looked like it had some good stuff and the beer list was very nice, they had a lot of craft beers on tap and in bottles. Sometimes I can get indecisive about what beer to have or try. So I decided to just choose my entree and then pick a brew that would compliment it. I chose to get the Guinness Beef Stew and pair it with a Smuttynose “Robust Porter”. I personally like to pair porters with beef dishes because of the sweet, roasted and sometimes smokey flavor they have.
My “Robust Porter” was served to me still in the bottle with an empty glass, for me to pour myself. It poured a very dark brown with a paper thin tan head that was gone in an instant. The aroma was very pleasing. Smells of molasses, chocolate syrup, malt, with a hint of smoke. The taste followed very closely to the aroma, with roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramelized sugar, coffee flavors. It had a nice, light mouthfeel to it. The finish was hoppy and bitter, but there was also an astringent quality to the finish as well. I did not expect that considering it only has an ABV. of 5.7%. Never the less it did not take away from the flavors, and enhanced my stew quite well I think. This is a great porter that I recommend trying! Here’s to Good Beers!