My life has reached a new level of crazy and busy. It has been a long time since I could plan my weekends around beer releases and brewery trips, but now I feel like I routinely miss beers that I want to try that are available in distribution. I usually buy a bunch of beers on a monthly stock-up run to a local bottle shop, and occasionally supplement with a brewery visit, but anything that comes out between trips (or isn’t available at the store I visit), can be a miss. While I am not a fear-of-missing-out kind of beer fan, I accepted long ago that I wouldn’t be able to try anywhere close to everything, every so often there is a beer that I am disappointed I didn’t get to try. A great example is Night Windows, a robust porter from local contract brewery Small Change. When they first brewed the beer last winter I heard rave reviews from people I trust, but I wasn’t able to find any before the batch sold out. Fortunately, it is a new year and I found some cans on a recent stock-up run. Patience is a virtue. Small Change Night Windows is available during the winter months on draft and in 16 oz cans.
Small Change Night Windows pours a deep brown with a small tan head. The aroma features rich roasted malt. The flavor is also malt-forward, notes of chocolate, black coffee, and caramel. This is balanced by noticeable hop character, earthy and grassy with some late bitter bite. Night Windows has a medium body, drinks very smooth and is moderately boozy at 6.3% ABV. The finish is rich with some lingering malt flavor and hop bite. This is an excellent porter, well-crafted, tons of flavor, and balanced. I am glad I finally got to try this beer, I will definitely have more this winter! Hoppy Boston score: 4.75/5.
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