I have a confession to make. I’ve been to Peppercorn’s Grille and Tavern in Worcester, mainly to check out Wormtown Brewery’s humble brewing grounds. I’ve enjoyed a few of the brewery’s offerings. But after trying Wormtown’s Pro-Am Porter, I feel like I’ve neglected the company by only trying a few of its brews.
Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed the Pro-Am Porter and I’m now left to wonder what other wonderful things Wormtown has to offer. So close to home, yet a place I feel I’ve neglected.
Now that my confession is over, let’s get to the beer, which is among the most delicious porters I’ve had the pleasure of drinking.
This 6.8% ABV beauty pours a dark brown, with amber-red hints when held to light. There’s a substantial creamy brown head and a roasted malt smell that pairs with sweet notes of chocolate.
With such a welcoming aroma, I had almost convinced myself that I would be let down. But the taste itself boasted a very big roasted malt flavor with chocolate and something of a nuttiness to start, with a slightly bitter coffee-ish finish. A slight hoppiness comes in at the end, but is faint and nowhere near as upfront as the other flavors.
The beer — brewed in collaboration with homebrewer Keith Antul — won a bronze medal at the 2010 Great American Beer Festival. After consuming a 22 oz. bottle ($7.99 retail price), I can’t imagine what could have topped this delightful porter. The Pro-Am is certainly worth at least a second glass and has left me with the desire to go back and check out all of Wormtown’s brews.