Lang Creek Cherry Porter

Lang Creek Brewery, which is housed in a converted aircraft hangar, is located in Marion, Montana holds the distinction of being the most remote brewery in the US. Lang Creek beer is only available in the Northwest at the moment but they seem to be expanding. It was founded in 1993 by pilot John Campbell, which explains the names and artwork for the brewery’s creations.

If I was a hog farmer, I might name my favorite ale “Old Swine Swill” or something like that. But I’m not a hog farmer. I’m a pilot . . . aviation is my passion. Therefore, I have chosen aviation as a theme for the names of our ales. The Ford Tri-Motor, pictured in our logo, was a principle workhorse of early Montana aviation. With this in mind, I dedicate Lang Ale names to the pilots and airplanes of Montana aviation. Besides, what better theme for a beer brewed in a converted aircraft hangar!

Their website doesn’t seem to be updated very often and does not even mention the Cherry Porter. The label says it is a seasonal brew.

Appearance:
The Cherry Porter has a beautiful reddish-black color. The head is nice and thick with a slightly pink tint.

Smell:
The first thing you notice when you pour this beer is the strong cherry scent. It’s very fruit and sweet as you would expect.

Taste:
The cherry isn’t as strong in the mouth as it is in the nose. There is a cherry flavor at the front of the mouth but it quickly gives way to the prominent is chocolate flavor. The taste is definitely malty and sweet but there is a very slight bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:
This beer is very full-bodied and creamy.

Drinkability:
This is certainly a “dessert beer.” It’s not something you drink after mowing the lawn but maybe at the end of the day.

I do not like cherries so I did not have high hopes for this porter. However, the cherry flavor is actually pretty subtle. I have to say, I loved this beer. It is sweet and chocolaty and very easy to drink. My tastes lean towards the malty side of the spectrum so this porter was right up my alley. It’s a shame that this is a seasonal brew. I’m going to have to stock up!