I walked down to the University Library Cafe at 35th and University Avenue in Des Moines again this week and after scanning their beer menu, I decided to try another dark beer.
The 1789 Porter, from New American Brewing in Ankeny, pours extremely smooth with a very dark, almost black, color. It also has a thick, cream colored head. The aroma has a roasted, coffee smell and a slightly bitter tinge.
The first drink was very smooth and heavy bodied. It is almost overbearing in its chocolate, mocha flavor and has a slightly smoky aftertaste. Bubbles continually flow up from the bottom of the glass releasing flavor constantly.
The porter style originated in London, England in the 18th century and is believed to have gotten its name from its popularity with river boat porters. The 1789 Porter would be a good choice for anyone who is a fan of Guinness, brown ales or dark German beers.
The 1789 Porter would pair well with a nice steak on an evening out, or alongside some pub food. It is definitely a beer that I could not drink a lot of, but it’s a good choice for a nice dimly-lit, calm evening.