Saturday, July 5, 2008

Days of the Beer, July 5

The beer for today is Thomas Hooker Imperial Porter.

Thomas Hooker was born July 5, 1586 and was the main founder of the Colony of Connecticut. Hooker was a leader of the Puritans. He originally came over to Massachusetts but then had a disagreement with John Winthrop about civil government, so Hooker moved to Hartford Connecticut.

The Imperial Porter is described as a full-bodied, dark lager, with roots in porters of the 19th Century.

Our Imperial Porter derives its tremendous complexity from the use of 8 different malts. We blend these to achieve a balance of sweet, caramel, and coffee flavors. A judicious use of dark roasted malts adds another level of intriguing notes to the mix. Generously hopped with German and American hops our Imperial Porter comes to life as it is allowed to warm to the ideal drinking temperature of 58-60 degrees.
A great brew to add warmth and cheer to any beer lover's winter. CHEERS!
I had this beer Feb. 20 2008 at the February Champaign Urbana Beer Club event.

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