Beer Profile: Bricks & Mortar by Left Field Brewery

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ABV 6.0% IBU 40Left Field - Bricks & Mortar - Coffee Porter

Making an entry into the beer profile this week is Bricks & Mortar, a coffee porter, from Toronto’s Left Field Brewery. Left Field is Toronto’s East End craft brewery with a baseball theme and they knocked this one out of the park.

Bricks & Mortar is a tribute to how the neighbourhood contributes to the character of the brewery and beer itself. This beer is brewed using a coffee beans from a local roaster, Pilot Coffee Roasters.

I love many things about Britain and a well executed UK style beer is up there at the top of the list. This coffee porter is understated and underrated. I’m a bit upset that today was my first taste of it.

The appearance is a dark and opaque ruby with a creamy top and low carbonation. The aroma is where the coffee comes through for me. No hop aroma, it seems they are just there for bitterness. The taste is a rich and balanced roasted malt with hints of coffee and dark chocolate. There is a smooth and lingering finish.

I think the only possible way to improve this beer would be to serve it on a nitro tap. It really is that good. Also, I tend to be a tough critic on porters and stouts. You need this in your life.

Left Field Brewery is up to some exciting things. Check them out here.