What type of beer is Lola Porter?
Lola is a Coffee Porter.
A porter is quite bitter from a decent amount of hops and dark in appearance owing to the use of brown, roasted malt. The name originated from its popularity with street and river porters.
They originated in England a good 2-300 years ago and they are often paired with flavours you might fine in a nice chocolate bar like hazelnut or coffee.
If there is one ingredient, other than water, i know must be in a coffee porter its is coffee! But what else goes into this?
Lola Coffee Porter includes…
- Barley malt
- Coffee beans
That is a good set of simple ingredients. Just basic beer stuff and coffee beans, nothing fancy or “natural flavouring” to get me annoyed. This promises to be good.
Porters and dark beers in general are certainly malty but also bitter and sometimes need quite a bit of sugar for balance. A lot more than a pale lager would for instance. What will Lola have in store?
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Yea, so that is pretty high end for a non alcoholic beer but in general, a porter is not a session beer. You are unlikely to have 10 of these on a night out. This is more a post kids to bed, in front of the fire, unwinding for the day beer so i can forgive some poor nutrition.
The bottle label is nicely coloured to put you in mind of chocolate, toffee, caramel and of course coffee flavours.
The beer is a standard dark porter colour with less head or fizz than I would have thought
I’ve only reviewed had a handful of coffee porters or stouts before and I couldn’t remember how they smelt. I expected this to smell like a fresh espresso but it doesn’t.
You can smell all the usual porter type smells of roasted malt, chocolate and just a bit heavier on the coffee than usual. I like the subtly of it overall.
This is right up my street. I love a craft porter and this one is about as good as they get.
Right from the off there is huge roasted malt and caramel flavours to go along with the chocolate and a really good undertone of coffee throughout the tasting.
The coffee isn’t too strong, if you focus on it you can pick it out easily, especially in the aftertaste. If you just drink it normally, the coffee flavour it just more enhanced than a typical porter.
There is great structure and body, there would need to be for the carbs and sugar load to be worth it. The mouthfeel is luxurious and there is nothing thin and water like about this, which can be the case for some low calorie, non alcoholic brews.
Despite the high sugar content it doesn’t taste overly sweet. If this much sugar was in a lager it would be awful but a dark porter needs at least some sweetness and it carries it off well.
If I was to benchmark it verus another great porter in Off-Piste Hazelnut Porter by Big Drop, I would say this one shades in on taste grounds
Fantastic coffee porter. The coffee is subtle yet strong. The only think holding it back slightly is the pretty high nutritional values. It is hard to ignore the big sugar load and calorie count albeit fairly typical of a porter.
9/10 – Great beer on taste grounds alone. You can decide if the calorie and sugar levels are too high for you but the overall calories is still less than nearly all alcoholic beers.
Find out where this beer ranks compared to all the beers i have reviewed on my updated “Best Non Alcoholic Beers” page
Where to buy?
You can try these at Wise Bartender as well, a brilliant non alcoholic retailer
You can buy this at Sober Sauce and get 5% off with code OPENINGTHEBOTTLE
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Is Lola Porter gluten free?
No, Lola Porter is not gluten free
I have an entire article on non alcoholic beers and gluten if you want more information.
Is Lola Porter vegan?
Again no i’m afraid, Lola Porter is not vegan friendly.
For more on vegan beers see my article on the matter. Why beers may or may not be and how to check.
Great beer on taste grounds alone. You can decide if the calorie and sugar levels are too high for you but the overall calories is still less than nearly all alcoholic beers.