Once a month, it seems like, Great Lakes releases another Tank 10 series beer. From my experience with them, they are some of their best work, with Lake Effect even making it onto my 2013 Top 10 list. When this one came out, I had to wait patiently for the local LCBOs to stock it. I kept an eye on the LCBOsearch.com for somewhere near me to have it. It finally showed up one day back in February and I stopped by on my way home.
I got there and couldn’t find it anywhere. I grabbed a few other things and when I got to the counter, the staff gave me their obligatory “did you find everything you were looking for” and for once, I could say NO. I asked for Harry Porter and she looked at me blankly. I explained it to her and that just seemed to confuse her more. I said that the website showed that they had 12 and to check her computer. When she did, she realized what I was talking about. “Oh, that wizard beer!” They had all 12 in the back room. Why? It’s 12 beers. Move some of those Canadian cases and put them out. Guarantee they’ll sell faster.
I finally got around to drinking this a week or so after my Florida vacation. After cleaning up after dinner and getting the kids to bed, it was 9:30, so it was going to be a one beer night, so I went for a big one. It poured out dark portery brown and smelled like, well, vanilla scented booze. It tasted like a traditional porter with a hint of vanilla added in, almost like Mill Street’s Vanilla Porter. Harry Porter, however, had his beans soaked in bourbon (that sounds so dirty) which you could really taste in the booty. That, my friends, was the best part of this beer, the little kick-in-the-ass of booze in the booty.
For a 6% porter, it was surprisingly smooth and drinkable. Pretty sure it didn’t take me long to finish this off. I am LOVING the tank ten series…keep em coming!