Colonial Brewing Co Inquest 2018

Style
Imperial Porter
ABV
12.0%

When is an imperial porter not an imperial porter? When it’s a Frankenporter, at least according to Colonial's cross-continental brewing team, which took the opportunity during Good Beer Week to get together – a catch-up that proved a little Mary Shelley-esque. Building on Inquest 2017’s success, Colonial’s 14 brewers workshopped the concept for a beer that was rich, dark, strong and above 10 percent ABV. The result? A blend of three versions of imperial porter that were then blended with a 15 percent ABV imperial IPA – in other words, a Frankenporter.

In comparison to last year’s liquid chocolate-fig debut, the first thing that hits this time around is the booze - a disarming spiritous opening salvo presides over an audience of dark malts, soy, molasses, cocoa and dark chocolate, somehow remaining balanced save for its lasting prickly kick. Low carbonation aides a silky mouthfeel, while the fortifying imperial IPA artifice whispers hints of Terry’s Chocolate Orange.

Inquest 2018 is a bold and intriguing twist on “rich, dark, strong and above 10 percent ABV” and one that asks questions about the direction of 2019’s iteration. Whatever the evolution, for now, as the gilded font noir can suggests: “You be the judge”.

Guy Southern

Published August 1, 2018

Name
CBCo Port Melbourne
Address

89 Bertie Street
Port Melbourne
VIC 3207

Phone
(03) 8644 4044
Open Hours

Thursday: midday to 7pm
Fri & Sat: midday to 11pm
Sunday: midday to 6pm

Regular events

Trivia: 7pm Thursdays. Free entry. $20 beer + burger.
Footy Nights: 3 hours unlimited beer & pizza on Fri & Sat nights during footy season. 6:30-9:30pm. $75.
Original Sundays: Live music from 3pm

Tours

Sat & Sun: One hour tour & tasting starting at 11.30am. Tickets cost $35 and include a $10 takeaway voucher for use on the day. Book via the brewery website.

Frigid Cloud 2 B
AIBA 2024 entries B2

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