On this chilly December Monday, we prepped for the Browns/Ravens matchup and took a trip to our favorite craft beer spot in Providence called "The Malted Barley". If you aren't familiar with the location, the Rhode Island beer hall has dozens and dozens of craft beer selections on tap (and bottled), while also providing amazing pretzels and food items consisting of them.
Photo: The Malted Barley / The Food Lens Blog
One day I will dive deeper into a blog regarding the variety in beers they offer and a full review of their pretzels and sandwiches, but the reason for this blog is to showcase the phenomenal selection the bartender suggested to me. Now that it is sub-30 degrees in New England, I am all about Porters and Stouts. I love all types of beers, and I do not discriminate, but when the winter comes calling, I crave the dark and rich craft selections. The Malted Barley rarely disappoints with their offerings and the beer I had today was worth the typed out review.
I went with a Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Peppermint Porter from Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company. The porter came out and it had a very dark color to it, as expected in a porter. The way it looked made it seem like it would be heavy, but after the first sip, it was fairly light, refreshing, and warmed me up. It quite literally tasted like you were drinking a Peppermint Patty. Every sip gave my mouth more and more minty flavor, and I wanted to keep drinking it. I started with a taster in my flight, which then elevated to a full pour. I could not get enough of this beer.
Photo: Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company
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Lexington Brewing and Distilling is known for aging their beers in their own bourbon barrels. The bourbon flavor was present, but it wasn't overpowering. On top of the peppermint, there were notes of chocolate, toffee, and roasted malts; everything you need in a Christmas poor.
Overall, I absolutely loved this pick. It was a perfect mix of festive flavor and an enjoyable drinking porter. I gave it a 4.5 on the UnTappd scale, which if you know me, that is a high score. If you want to try this beer, you can grab a pint at Malted Barley (Providence and Westerly) or Black Duck Tavern (Providence). You can also find it at many beer distributors, including Gasbarro's Fine Wine & Spirits in Providence and Attleborough.