One of the treats at the Silver City Brewery Anniversary party was the bottle release of two bourbon barrel aged brews. Today we opened a bottle of the Silver City Bourbon Barrel Aged Panther Porter. This Washington beer was small lot produced and only available from the brewery. It is not an inexpensive brew at 14.99 for a 22oz bottle but it doesn’t taste like a cheap beer either.
The Bourbon Barrel Aged Panther Porter is a dark brew is rich with notes of bourbon and resplendent with toasted malt characteristics. When poured into a glass it has the same effervescence and coloring of coke but this isn’t sickly sweet beer at all. The bourbon is well balanced on the nose and throughout the palate before it takes the starring role in the finish. I took my last sip before I started writing this post and I can still taste the echoes of the bourbon. The mid palate on this beer is all about the porter. That is where the toast and coffee flavors shine. The hops provide well balanced bitterness that complements the caramel of the bourbon notes.
We drank this beer as a reward for getting chores done, with a simple cheesy rice dish for lunch. The aged cheddar in the rice was rich and sharp, which made a delicious contrast with the rich and smooth bourbon notes in this Porter.