Porter supporter


Oakland-based rapper and producer Lil B collaborates with Mikkeller’s brother, Evil Twin Brewing, on a boozy porter? Yes, it’s hands down the nuttiest beer collab of 2012. But is the 11.5 percent ABV imperial porter any good? Too good to drink now: I’m sitting on it. But I did crack open Mogli—an imperial porter aged in oak and brewed with chocolate—by Oregon’s Caldera Brewing Company. It’s addictive: a malty, cocoa nose that gives way to equal parts chocolate and oaky, vanilla malt. This beer’s lighter (only 8.5 percent) but welcome in its dryness—and there’s a cool-looking senior black Lab on the label. Beer snobs often pass over porters for stouts, but don’t miss these highly quaffable fall options. In bottles at Pangaea Two Brews Cafe, 2743 Franklin Boulevard; (916) 454-4942; www.pangaeatwobrews.com.

Beer: Oude Geuze Golden Blend
Brewer: 3 Fonteinen
Where: The Davis Beer Shoppe, 211 G Street in Davis; (530) 756-5212

Beer: Old Rasputin XIV anniversary (Russian imperial stout)
Brewer: North Coast Brewing Co.
Where: Burgers & Brew, 1409 R Street; (916) 442-0900; www.burgersbrew.com

Beer: Back in Black (black IPA)
Brewer: 21st Amendment Brewing
Where: The Golden Bear, 2326 K Street; (916) 441-2242; www.goldenbear916.com