While I wait to get up the time and effort to move this site to a new host, here’s a video review of a local beer.
Moor’s Brewing Company is one of the newer Black-owned breweries operating in Chicago. The company was started by Damon Patton and Jamhal Johnson, and named based on Damon;s study in Barcelona, where he learned about the contributions of the Moorish culture in Europe (Rollingout.com). They are currently contract brewing out of 18th Street Brewery in Hammond, IN while working on a space of their own. Their website already claims 200 bars and retail accounts.
While some brewers trying to reach out to an new audience play safe with the usual lagers and cream ales, Moor’s has started with just one session ale, then a Double IPA and this Imperial Porter, with a Helles lager on the way.
The Imperial Porter, at 8.3% abv, is described as “complimented by the scent of lavender and blueberry.”
First off, another shout out to Orange and Brew in downtown Downers, the bottle shop where I found this beer. Regrettably, the can did not photograph well, so I used the illustration from their website.
Pours a deep, rich brown to black color. The head is somewhat fizzy, and settles out like a cola. There’s a mild nose, with mostly toasty malts.
Taste keeps up the malts, only slightly roasty, and low on the usual coffee or chocolate roast. Some cherry sourness like a dry stout. Roasts do start to come up midway through. But the elevated alcohol is not apparent, making this an easy drinker. I did not pick up and of the side notes they claimed, but it’s still an interesting beer, and not an imperial alcohol bomb.
Disclaimer: I purchased this beer myself in order to review it.