Named after Battersea power station near where Sambrook's Brewery is, this porter is a powerhouse of a brew that does justice to its name.
A modern take on the classic London beer, Powerhouse is made using traditional hops that are common in English porters and bitters. Combining brown, chocolate, crystal and pale malts to create a smooth, rich porter that's the perfect homage to porter's past.
The toasty flavours come out in the aroma immediately and as it's poured, develop into a rich coffee scent that's subtly fruity.
It pours light, and isn't as dark as porters can sometimes be, but what it lacks in depth it makes up for in flavour. There's a sweetness initially which is quite like caramel, developing into a more roasty flavour.
The aftertaste is malty, but leaves a very crisp finish which makes it thoroughly refreshing.
Red is synonymous with London: buses, telephone boxes, post boxes. This beer. The London-red can is supplemented with a black fingerprint-style design in an arc, along with a black dot, for some reason.
A white railway line runs along one side, just like it does at Battersea power station which is the beer's namesake. The name is across the front in white which stands out well, and the power button symbol instead of the 'o' in 'power' is a nice touch.
You can get your hands on this one from Sambrook's web store for £2.75er can. Absolute bargain for a porter as delicious as this one.