Speakeasy Brewery is located in to San Francisco and was founded in 1997. The first beer produced by Speakeasy was Prohibition Ale which is still brewed today. Speakeasy has a wide range of offerings including Ales, a variety of IPAs, Porters, Lagers and Stouts. All of their brews have 1920s gangster themed names and artwork. The Speakeasy Payback Porter is part of their Usual Suspects Series.
Style: American Porter ABV: 7.5% IBUs: 35
Appearance- I have only been able to find this beer in bottles at Total Wine. When I poured my first pint there was about a quarter of inch of caramel-brown colored head. This Porter is very dark, no light shines through the glass.
Aroma- The Payback has a very faint smell of cocoa and coffee. I am also picking up notes of baking spices, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Palate- Considering how dark this beer is, it’s not heavy or thick in the mouth like some porters. There is slight bit of carbonation and the beer washes down smoothly.
Taste- Cocoa and coffee dominate the flavor profile of this Porter but neither over power the other. A few sips in and the baking spices are mixing in well. As the beer warms a bit in my glass I am picking up a roasted espresso flavoring, which helps to round out the flavor and give it a nice finish.
This Payback Porter is honestly the best traditional American Porter I have tasted in some time. I tend to enjoy Vanilla flavored or Imperial Porters more than traditional Porters, but I would put this up there with the best of those. This is the forth brew I have tasted from Speakeasy and all of them have been great. Speakeasy is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries. Speakeasy has recently revamped their website check it out by clicking the link below.