Pier Rat Porter (5.5% ABV) – Pier Rat Porter won a Bronze Medal in the 2011 GABF and a Gold Medal Winner at the World Beer Cup. The beer pours dark black with a tan foam head that has tiny bubbles. Pier Rat Porter has a strong roasted coffee bean aroma with dark chocolate and sweet malt backgrounds. This beer is medium-bodied with a delightfully prickly carbonation. Pier Rat has a nice coffee flavor up front followed by chocolate, roasted malt, biscuit, and a small hint of spice/pepper as part of a crisp finish. The flavors are assertive but not overpowering or over-the-top like many U.S. porters. This is a very drinkable porter that demonstrates subtlety and style.