Caution! This is a massively hopped beer! Expect an intense hop aroma combined with a thick mouthfeel, balanced by the full-bodied, caramel-malt sweetness.

Monty Brewing Co. "Choc Milk Porter" is loosely based on the American Porter style.

Aroma: Medium-light to medium-strong dark malt aroma, often with a lightly burnt character. Optionally may also show some additional malt character in support (grainy, bready, toffee-like, caramelly, chocolate, coffee, rich, and/or sweet). Hop aroma low to high, often with a resiny, earthy, or floral character. May be dry-hopped. Fruity esters are moderate to none.

Appearance: Medium brown to very dark brown, often with ruby- or garnet-like highlights. Can approach black in color. Clarity may be difficult to discern in such a dark beer, but when not opaque will be clear (particularly when held up to the light). Full, tan-colored head with moderately good head retention.

Flavor: Moderately strong malt flavor usually features a lightly burnt malt character (and sometimes chocolate and/or coffee flavors) with a bit of grainy, dark malt dryness in the finish. Overall flavor may finish from dry to medium-sweet. May have a sharp character from dark roasted grains, but should not be overly acrid, burnt or harsh. Medium to high bitterness, which can be accentuated by the dark malt. Hop flavor can vary from low to high with a resiny, earthy, or floral character, and balances the dark malt flavors. The dark malt and hops should not clash. Dry-hopped versions may have a resiny flavor. Fruity esters moderate to none.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-full body. Moderately low to moderately high carbonation. Stronger versions may have a slight alcohol warmth. May have a slight astringency from dark malts, although this character should not be strong. Overall Impression: A substantial, malty dark beer with a complex and flavorful dark malt character.

Comments: Although a rather broad style open to brewer interpretation. Dark malt intensity and flavor can vary significantly. May or may not have a strong hop character, and may or may not have significant fermentation by-products; thus may seem to have an “American” or “English” character.

History: A stronger, more aggressive version of pre-prohibition porters and/or English porters developed in the modern craft beer era. Historical versions existed, particularly on the US East Coast, some of which are still being produced (see the Historical Beer, Pre-Prohibition Porter). This style describes the modern craft version.

Characteristic Ingredients: May contain several malts, prominently dark malts, which often include black malt (chocolate malt is also often used). American hops typically used for bittering, but US or UK finishing hops can be used; a clashing citrus quality is generally undesirable. Ale yeast can either be clean US versions or characterful English varieties.

Style Comparison: More bitter and often stronger with more dark malt qualities and dryness than English Porters or PreProhibition Porters. Less strong and assertive than American Stouts.

Vital Statistics:

OG: 1.050 – 1.070

IBUs: 25 – 50

FG: 1.012 – 1.018

SRM: 22 – 40

ABV: 4.8 – 6.5%

Commercial Examples: Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, Anchor Porter, Smuttynose Robust Porter, Sierra Nevada Porter, Deschutes Black Butte Porter, Boulevard Bully! Porter

Aroma: Medium to medium-high bready-rich malt and medium-low to medium-high spicy, floral, or herbal hop bouquet; though the balance between the two may vary, the interplay is rich and complex. Light to moderate diacetyl, or very low fruity hopderived esters are acceptable, but need not be present.

Appearance: Gold to deep gold color. Brilliant to very clear, with a dense, long-lasting, creamy white head.

Flavor: Rich, complex, bready maltiness combined with a pronounced yet soft and rounded bitterness and floral and spicy hop flavor. Malt and hop flavors are medium to medium-high, and the malt may contain a slight impression of caramel. Bitterness is prominent but never harsh. The long finish can be balanced towards hops or malt but is never aggressively tilted either way. Light to moderate diacetyl and low hop-derived esters are acceptable, but need not be present.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Moderate to low carbonation.

Overall Impression: Rich, characterful pale Czech lager, with considerable malt and hop character and a long, crisp finish. Complex yet well-balanced and refreshing. The malt flavors are complex for a Pilsner-type beer, and the bitterness is strong but clean and without harshness, which gives a rounded impression that enhances drinkability.

Comments: Generally a group of “Pivo Plzeňského Typů”, or Pilsner-style beers. This style is a combination of the Czech styles Světlý Ležák (4.4 – 5.0%) and Světlé Speciální Pivo (5.3 – 5.8%). In the Czech Republic, only Pilsner Urquell is called a Pilsner, despite how widely adopted this name is worldwide. “Kvasnicový” (“yeast beer”) versions are popular in the Czech Republic, and may be either kräusened or unfiltered. These beers are sometimes cloudy, with subtle yeastiness and enhanced hop character. Modern examples vary in their malt to hop balance and many are not as hop-forward as Pilsner Urquell.

History: Commonly associated with Pilsner Urquell, which was first brewed in 1842 after construction of a new brewhouse by burghers dissatisfied with the standard of beer brewed in Plzeň. Bavarian brewer Josef Groll is credited with first brewing the beer.

Characteristic Ingredients: Soft water with low sulfate and carbonate content, Saazer-type hops, Czech malt, Czech lager yeast. Decoction mashing and long, cold fermentation are traditional. Low ion water provides a distinctively soft, rounded hop profile despite high hopping rates. The fermentation process can sometimes provide background diacetyl. Style

Comparison: More color, malt richness, and body than a German Pils, with a fuller finish and a cleaner, softer impression.

Vital Statistics:

OG: 1.044 – 1.056

IBUs: 30 – 45

FG: 1.013 – 1.017

SRM: 3.5 – 6

ABV: 4.2 – 5.8%

Commercial Examples: Kout na Šumavě Koutská 12°, Uneticka 12°, Pilsner Urquell, Bernard Svatecní Ležák, Gambrinus Premium, Ježek 11° Pivovar Jihlava, Budweiser Budvar (Czechvar in the US) References: Original writeup by Lachlan Strong. Field research by Bob Hall. Review by Stan Hieronymus, Evan Rail.

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