Bearded Iris "Cypher" Porter

I didn't even notice the little Bearded Iris logo. And they say on the can that this beer is "crushable." A crushable porter? Seriously? What are you guys smoking? And what exactly is supposed to be all "Cypher" about this beer, anyway? You guys are just messing with me, aren't you?

Brown with a bit of red added, the nearly black beer has a white head that fizzles down to a patchy ghost of a covering with a heavy ring around the sides of the glass.
I get no lacing.
But I get up again.
You're never gonna keep me down.
The aroma is roasty and toasty with oats just brought back off a fire slightly singed but none the worse.

First sip is sweet and roasted with marshmallows and wood intermingling and bringing a coffee tinge to the milky smooth sip. Most of the time I have a complex (and especially dark) beers, I can't call anything milky or creamy in a sip, and I have to go for a full pull of the beer. In this case, I can tell from the sip that this is smooth and sweet (despite the coffee).

Tip-in is light roasted grains and a little hazlenut with vanilla as the carbonation doesn't even let on that this is a carbonated beverage at all. The middle flows into a smoke-filled cauldron of creamy smoothness edged with lightly char-grilled grains. The finish pulls in with a little sweet and a little bitter as the coffee breathes on the whole mouth to give a somewhat espresso trail-off.

Bottom Line: Outside the norm for Bearded Iris, but they show the same kind of know-how.

3.5/5

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