This ale, brewed with calendula flowers, jasmine and avocado honey, pours a deep brown color with a serious head that lingers. Initial aromas of mocha waft from the glass, while dried floral and whole hop flower accents unfold and hold their own. The palate is smooth and rich, with a silky, suede-like texture (hence the name?) that's complemented by soft warmth and ample bitterness on the finish. The palate is full of traditional porter flavors—roasted malt, bitter chocolate and coffee—but interestingly accented by notes of honey, caramel and fragrant white flowers. Flavors of dried red fruits and cocoa powder linger on the close, along with a soft, resinous slick.
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Managing Editor, Print, and Tasting Director
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, 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).