Baxter is a Maine based micro-craft brewery located in the up and coming community of Lewiston. Founded by company president H. Luke Livingston in 2010, Baxter Brewing Company’s line of year-round and seasonal offerings can be currently found throughout the much of the Northeast. Their most recent addition to the seasonal line-up, is a coconut almond porter called “Window Seat.”
The beer pours an almost black color with maroon highlights when viewed directly against the light. The one finger khaki colored head shows average retention and dissipates to a spotty lacing.
On the nose you will find enticing aromas of coconut, chocolate and almond that can’t help but make you think of that well known candy bar with the same ingredients. There is some roasted coffee notes and a hint of creamy vanilla as well.
The palate echoes the bouquet rather seamlessly. Notes of toasted coconut hit right off the bat alongside notes of toasted almonds and chocolate. The vanilla from the nose is a little more prominent on the palate as is the dark roasted coffee. There is a light hop presence which adds a (needed) bitterness on the finish.
Baxter delivers what they promise, an airlift to a tropical escape! The coconut and almond notes definitely conjure tropical images. A yummy beer that would be a great complement for brie, pork mole or German chocolate cake. It would also make a delicious dessert in and of itself!
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out of 5 Pints