McCools Hazelnut Porter – Hearthstone Brewery

From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “McCools Hazelnut Porter”.  The beer pours a black opaque colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, hazelnut, creamy chocolate and a sweet finish.  The flavour is of hazelnut, nuts, burnt coffee, chocolate and some earth.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 25.  If you like hazelnuts and you like porters then you really need to get out and buy a 4 pack of tall cans!

Commercial Description:  The Celts believed hazelnuts gave one wisdom.  There is an ancient tale where nine hazelnuts grew around a sacred pool, dropping into the water nuts that were eaten by salmon, who absorbed the wisdom.  A Druid teacher caught one of these special salmon and asked a student to cook the fish, but not to eat it.  While he was cooking it, a blister formed and the pupil used his thumb to burst it, which he then sucked to cool, thereby absorbing the fish’s wisdom.  This boy was called Fin McCool and he went on to become one of the most historic leaders in Gaelic mythology.

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