At its best, winter in north Georgia brings with it chilly temperatures, sunny days, beautiful sunsets, and sometimes a spectacular full moon.
That kind weather makes me think of porter, a dark, malty, essentially English ale that isn’t as popular as it once was. But American brewers are still doing interesting things with the style, including adding lots of bright American hops.
And with porters on my mind, Boulevard Flora Obscura Dry-Hopped Porter is today’s Beer Pick.
Flora Obscura Dry-Hopped Porter
Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City, MO
Available seasonally in 12-ounce bottles
A new January seasonal from Boulevard, Flora Obscura marries rich malts, including caramel and chocolate, with five bright, citrusy hop varieties, Cascade, Simcoe, Amarillo, Mosaic and Galaxy. And the as name promises, its dry-hopped, too.
All that adds up to an opaque, nearly black beer with elegant red highlights, and a tan head. Roasted malt, chocolate and citrus and pine aromas repeat in the flavor profile, along with tropical, espresso and caramel notes, before a bittersweet finish.
Boulevard suggests pairing Flora Obscura with barbecued ribs, chocolate peanut butter cookies, blackened catfish and coconut cream pie. I think it would also make a nice match for buttery cheeses and briny raw oysters.