Monday, 10 April 2017
Southern Star by Northern Monk
Beer Name: Southern Star Vanilla Latte Porter
Brewer: Northern Monk Brew Co., Leeds, UK
Date Sampled: 10th April 2017
Serving Type: Can
Now the problem with going a little bit crazy with beer buying in the winter months is that when the spring rolls around and the sun comes out, you find yourself with a stash full of porters and stouts when all you're really craving is a chilled pale ale.
Thankfully one of those stouts that needed drinking was this Southern Star Vanilla Latte Porter by Leeds based Northern Monk.
Until my recent tasting of Time and Tide's Domino I hadn't tried a white stout or porter but I'm fast realising that it's a style I can definitely enjoy.
This effort from Northern Monk pours a lovely amber colour with a small white head; much like Domino it resembles a traditional English style bitter.
However the nose is anything but traditional. It has a creamy vanilla aroma, almost like a home made rice pudding, with just a hint of roasted coffee adding some depth.
It has a medium to heavy body with a small amount of carbonation, giving it a luxurious mouth feel.
That vanilla carries through strongly into the taste, the coffee is still there, but also evident is an almost burnt caramel bitterness.
Southern Star is lovely example of this new wave of white porters; it's packed full of flavour whilst remaining light and easy drinking. Forget what I said and the start of this review, this beer would taste great whatever the weather!