Block Party Robust Porter by Four Corners Brewing Co Taste Test
Block Party Robust Porter by Four Corners Brewing Co.
I’ve heard for awhile how good this beer is, but I’ve never tried it. Somehow my wife has tried it before without me which is suspicious, but let’s not worry about that.
This beer is one of the Four Corners “All Day Ales” which are brewed to be really easy-drinking, and Block Party is even touted as a good beer for the “first time dark beer drinker.”
Here is what Four Corners has to say about Block Party:
“Block Party Robust Porter
Perfect for first time “dark beer” drinkers. This robust porter is smooth & chocolaty with a round, full-bodied malt character. Medium bitterness, mild hop flavor and layers of malt make it an easy transition to the “dark side”.
CraftBeer.com actually has a specific page for the Robust Porter (I didn’t realize that was a separate category, but here we go):
Block Party Can
Often features more bitter and roasted malt flavor than a brown porter, but not quite as much as a stout. Robust porters have a roast malt flavor, often reminiscent of cocoa, but no roast barley flavor. Their caramel and malty sweetness is in harmony with the sharp bitterness of black malt. Hop bitterness is evident. With U.S. craft brewers doing so much experimentation in beer styles and ingredients, the lines between certain stouts and porters are often blurred. Yet many deliberate examples of these styles do exist. Diacetyl is acceptable at very low levels.”
Block Party smells strongly of dark, roast malts. To me it has a lot of the classic Porter aromas. This beer poured out with a tan head that hung around longer than I expected.
The flavor follows suit with the dark, roasty malts leading the way. Block Party is a really smooth beer with an almost earthy quality to it.
I didn’t really get any coffee flavor, but chocolate is definitely present. You also get a little bit of vanilla flavor on the finish which is nice.
Block Party in Glass
The flavor is really crisp with a noticeable bitterness, but the hop flavors are in a really good balance. This is a really refreshing beer.
Block Party definitely belongs in the All Day Ales series. This is a really drinkable dark beer, and I actually think that it’s in that rare class of dark beers that you drink during the heat of the summer.
I’m heading to Total Wine today to stock up again, and I’ve got my eye on the Super Bee Saison and the Heart of Texas Red Ale by Four Corners. Stay tuned for posts on both of those.
Everything that I’ve had from Four Corners has been really fresh and crisp, so those qualities are something that I’ve started to associate with all of their beers.
Thanks for the read. Comment below or email me with any taste test requests.