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January 14, 2011
Blind Bat Brewery Hellsmoke Porter
Blind Bat is a nanobrewery located in Centerport, Long Island where the brewer/owner is only producing a handful of beers as a part-time job. This is one of if not THE smallest commercial brewery in the country. This was the first time I've ever seen anything of theirs in bottle form so I couldn't resist picking it up and giving it a try.
Blind Bat Brewery
It pours a dark but not opaque black and any head formed from the pour quickly disappears. It seems somewhat thin and there's certainly not much carbonation. The aroma is strong of malty sweetness and roasted chocolate malt. The first sip is when the smoked malt is revealed, followed by a glorious applewood attack that leaves me craving bacon or a campfire. The back end leaves you with a hint of coffee bitterness. Wow. Its still surprisingly thin, but that makes it very drinkable. My personal preference is for a bit more body in my porters, but this is really well balanced between the chocolate and the smoke flavors. I've never had a beer that's utilized applewood so well. I'll definitely be on the lookout for more bottles from this fine nano.