ABC's vintage-dated smoked porter is always a superb selection, year after year, and one that's incredibly deserving of a spot in your beer cellar. The 2014 release is currently young and aggressive, with forward scents of smoked malt and campfire that are grounded in notes of fig, prune, tobacco leaf and chocolate. The mouthfeel is big and bold, yet smooth and creamy, with a lush and supple texture and decadent flavors of Whoppers, mocha and roasted coffee bean. Hints of s'mores and hickory bacon dance on the long finish. It's hard to ignore the pleasure of drinking this beauty now, but this will continue to gain complexity and nuance in the years, and even decade, to come.
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Reviews wines from South Africa and Languedoc-Roussillon.
Buzzeo joined Wine Enthusiast Magazine
in 2006 as a tasting coordinator, and eventually became Tasting Director and Senior Editor, previously responsible for overseeing all aspects of the tasting and review program. Most recently, Buzzeo assumed the role of Managing Editor. Since coming to Wine Enthusiast
, she has made it one of her personal missions to promote the acceptance of cross-drinking, encouraging everyone to embrace finely crafted libations across all beverage categories. Buzzeo is also an avid homebrewer and a member of the AHA (American Homebrewers Association).