Beartown Brewery Polar Eclipse (4.8%)

Polar EclipseI’ve not been a huge fan of this brewery in the past, but Polar Eclipse is pretty good.
However, for me it feels far more like a Porter than a Stout.
I know that that’s a matter of conjecture, and I know that if a brewer says it’s a Stout then it’s a Stout.
But my personal yardstick is based on how thick or heavy a beer feels and how fruity it is.
I tend to think of Porters as being far more fruity than Stouts.
And this is very fruity indeed.
Polar Eclipse has a very nice chocolate and coffee malt, a smell that’s red and fruity, and a body that’s packed full of lovely stewed prunes, strawberries and black cherries.
There’s a decent brown leafiness from the hops too, all crunchy and dry, brittle and sharp with blackberry leaf tea.
There’s a light smoky burned toast thing going on in the background too which is rather nice too, but there’s not the heavy and comfortingly thick richness I’d expect from a Stout.
And so, whatever you might want to say, in my opinion this is a Porter.
A very nice Porter, but a Porter nonetheless.

Source: Best Of British Beer

About Simon Williams

Founder of CAMRGB. Member of The British Guild Of Beer Writers. Leftist bigmouth. Old and grumpy.
This entry was posted in Beer Review, CAMRGB and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.