Hadubim – Dark Porter “Midnight” – 5.0%

Hadubim – Dark Porter “Midnight” – 5.0%

I am a firm believer that there is a beer to suit all occasions. But if you were to throw me what the Americans like to call a ‘curve-ball’ and address the tricky occasion of the post Yom Kippur fast-break, you would be rewarded with high praise for a gallant effort. I, however, would not be undone. I would be equal to this weird ball throwing technique (bless them) and reply that only just moments ago…prior to breaking my fast, my fridge disappointed me not, and I found within something I had been keeping for a suitable occasion although I hadn’t worked out when that would yet be. I found tucked at the back, the kind of bottled beer that when looking at it with a guarded glance, it seems to look right back at you defiantly in a dark & broody manner and say “Blogger boy, you think can you handle me on any regular simply day of the week?”. No, I didn’t think I could was the honest answer.

This sort of attitude has become quite famous of a Dark Porter Ale over the years and to find one with big Hebrew writing across the label declaring “Midnight” below an ominous shadow type picture of a crow (a filthy avian predator) is very exciting.
It only took a moment to mull it over upstairs, and I fished it out and popped the cap. If a light lager is your tipple after a long and exhausting fast, or perhaps a cup of tea with some biscuits even, then I do not hastily judge. But for me, HADUBIM Brewery seemed to be offering me the perfect beverage for this rarest of occasions. I anticipated a smooth, mildly hoppy, very toasted malt ale, all brewed specifically in mind to fill me up with all the necessary nutrition currently lacking. I was close, but not bang on..here is what I actually got.

POURS

Lovely dark dark brown colour with a light orangy thin head which evaporated quite quickly which signified to me that I was wrong to predict a stout textured beer for a start (I had no reason to assume it, more like bad guess work).

THE SMELL

Here is where possibly my anticipation got the better of me and the character of this burly-attitude ale justified itself, for something went wrong with the basic mechanics in my nose and rather than smelling, I snorted and a bit of a mess ensued. I don’t tell you this for your mere amusement, but to rather inform you that although unorthodox in method, it afforded me a perspective of this brew I might not else have had. Remarkably, all the build up about this being an aggressive beer was simply tosh. I got (through my nose) MILD roasted barley, honey, chocolate (not dark coca) and plenty hops.

TASTE

I was not expecting to taste a cross between a pale ale, dark lager and a stout. But that’s exactly what I got all in a perfect but mild balance, with mild being the key here. Good air in it makes it very gulp-able, but the sweetness (caramel maybe?) was all pale ale-esque. The toasted malt dark flavours gave it the main overriding character and maybe that moment just as your lips touch the liquid reminded me of a stout. All very yummy.

My only constructive criticism of this effort, would be that the taste didn’t linger as long as I hoped and the after tones a little watered down. Still this is far from being a reason not to thoroughly enjoy it as much as I have.

THE BURP

I like to think that a 24 hour fast allows for a certain unruliness :)

SOME PARTICULARS

5% Alc per 330ml
www.hadubim.co.il

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