Night Swim

American Porter Coppertail Brewing Co.

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Night Swim, an American Porter by Coppertail Brewing Co.

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Night Swim is an American Porter brewed by Coppertail Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a mug from a bottle.

Appearance

Pours an opaque mahogany with a two-finger thick head of mocha foam. Unfortunately, no lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma

The aroma is faint with a scent of roast malt.

Flavor

The smoky palate follows the nose with a taste of roast malt that’s akin to burnt coffee. The roast flavor is backed by a mild sweetness of dark chocolate. There’s a piney hops presence throughout but it’s not overpowering.

Mouthfeel

The feel has a medium body with low carbonation that makes for smooth and easy drinking.

Overall

Night Swim is a well-made brew but not particularly special.

Recommended Pairings

Coppertail recommends the following food pairings with their Night Swim Porter: cheeses of Asiago, Colby, and Camembert; mains of smoked foods, sausage, barbecue, roasted meats, chili, and rich stews; desserts of cheesecakes, coconut bars, and chocolate cake.

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About the American Porter

The American Porter is a malty dark brew whose palate is complex and flavorful dark malts and varying hops. Historically, it’s an aggressive variant of the English Porter and Pre-Prohibition American Porters. It’s more assertive than an American Brown Ale but not as strong or bitter as the American Stout.