Saturday, November 16, 2013

November 16th, 2013 - Dark Side Of The Porter

Good afternoon my friends!  The Meista here with a pairing that goes out to our buddy Matteo Sillitti, who requested a pairing with this particular brew... the Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery!  I'm pairing this lovely porter with Pink Floyd's fantastic "Dark Side Of The Moon" today!  Salute... cin cin Matteo!!

Released March 1973, "Dark Side Of The Moon" is the 8th studio album by progressive rockers Pink Floyd.  "Dark Side Of The Moon" is definitely a transitional album and what launched the band from psychedelic cult band into superstardom.  It is probably one of the most recognizable albums of the last 50 years.  An estimated 50 million copies of this album have been sold! It is obviously Pink Floyd's most commercially successful album, but it is also one of the best-selling albums worldwide of all time... it actually remained in the Billboard charts for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988!  Musically, "Dark Side Of The Moon" is a breathtaking journey of complexity, artistic precision, depth, and beauty.  Everything about this album is perfection!  David Gilmore's guitar work will melt your face!  The groove of the rhythm section (Roger Waters and Nick Mason) is thick and soulful!  And the late Richard Wright's keys  Lyrical themes on the album include an overarching thread throughout the whole album of a reflection on the various stages of human life.  Also themes of conflict, hatred, greed and power, the passage of time, aging and death, and mental illness abound.  The best way to listen to this album is with the lights out, headphones on, and a Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery in hand!

Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery is almost more of a stout than it is a porter. I chose this specific brew to pair with "Dark Side Of The Moon" due to its complex and rich flavor as well as the fact that is a slower drinking "sipper"... perfect for the depth of character found on this classic Pink Floyd album.  As the name denotes, the Black Butte Porter pours an ink black, black as the dark side of the moon, black as the pain in Waters' voice.  The mocha head is creamy, big and thick! With strong sustain, the lacing is an intricate cloud bank of richness and depth. The nose is pure earth and cocoa... aromas of rich soil and bittersweet dark chocolate abound with a slight smoky tickle. Full-bodied and creamy, the mouthfeel is like suicide cake... big, bold, velvety, and oh so rich!  As my pop would say, "you gotta drink this beer with a knife and fork!" The flavors follow the same lines as the nose and mouthfeel. Complex layers of flavor abound... notes of rich coffee, fresh cream, hearty baked bread, and that chocolate finish... mmm!! This is how a porter is meant to be brewed and how it should taste!  And this is how it should be enjoyed... with your head swimming in the wonderful depth of Pink Floyd!!

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