This past weekend I had the chance to stop by the Jolly Roger Taproom, the pub at Maritime Pacific Brewing. The food there is excellent, but we are talking about drinks here, so lets get to that. They have 14 beers on tap, including cask conditioned ales served using beer engines. For my beer, I chose the Bosun’s Black Porter served on nitro.
A blend of malted barleys, wheat, and U.S. Goldings hops, this porter pours a opaque black with a fairly thin cream colored head. There are a ton of roasted malt aromas, but not much else on the nose. On the tongue there are the dark, roasted malt flavors accompanied by some slightly smoky oat and just a hint of chocolate. The hop flavors are very subdued, almost detrimentally so. The finish is very dry with a hint of coffee and minimal bitterness. Overall, I think it is a pretty decent porter. If you find a bottle, pick it up and give it a try, but probably not worth seeking out if it is not readily available. Cheers!