Arthurstown Brewing 1916 Proclamation Porter.
When I was at the Taste of Dublin a few weeks ago, Arthurstown Brewing was there in the Dunbrody House tent. Being a fan of their beer, I spent a good hour talking to Kieran (pictured above), their head brewer and trying all of their beers again as I'm a fan.
While there, I tried a bottle of Proclamation Porter, their tribute to 1916. Kieran gave me a bottle to bring home and try properly as the end of an evening of drinking wasn't the best place to take notes. It's really a porter like it was probably available around that time. On the nose is dark chocolate and coffee with a little vanilla. Upon tasting, there's lashings of chocolate and coffee with that hint of vanilla so pretty much like the aroma. It's quite bitter with medium carbonation and medium bordering on full body. There are hints of burnt toffee and burnt toast with just a little ash. It's slightly creamy creamy too, presumably because they used oats in the mash. It's a fine dry Irish stout and at 5% it's closer to what they would have had back then current mass market stouts but I have a feeling they were heftier-still back then. Porterhouse's Wrasslers XXXX being what I imagine being a closer example to stouts of that day. Then again, I could be wrong.
Kieran also gave me a shot of Kevin Dundon's Ultimate Stout Glaze. It's not a beer of course, it's for putting on food but it's a reduction of the Proclamation Porter. It's rather delicious as a shot and I imagine it will be pretty epic on ribs. I neglected to grab a bottle of it so will have to keep an eye out.