I'm a big fan of Brass Castle beers as I have a celiac friend and they tell me they're all vegan and gluten free so he can drink them. Please, please, please double check before purchasing in this case as I got it on tap in the wonderful Cardinal's Hat pub in Lincoln so I've not actually seen the ingredients, but he had one and he's still alive. The Brass Castle Brewery is in Malton, Yorkshire where they've been brewing a large range of beers for about 7 years, including a Black Forest Gateaux stout which I really will have to try and get my hands on one day. For now though I do like a good porter so hopefully this one will impress.
I've had a quick look and you can pick up Bad Kitty from Brass Castle in a 440ml black and pink can if you want to keep a look out for it. On tap the beer has a jet black body and disappointingly thin white head, the good news is that despite been thin it does last pretty well. You'd have to say it's a pretty good looking pint and after nearly a year in lockdown I'm just glad to be drinking in a pub again, which reminds me I really must check over the next few weeks to see if all the pubs I've recommended over the last few years have actually re-opened, I really hope I don't have to delete too many.
The beer clocks in at a respectable 5.5% alcohol and has a super sweet chocolate aroma, so that's a good start, you might get a little dark fruit and malts in there too, but really chocolate is the driving force. Given that this is meant to be a vanilla porter I'm not really sure where the vanilla is hiding. The body is medium to full and the feel is really nice and smooth just like a good porter should feel. I have to say I think Brass castle might have created one of my favourite gluten free beers with Bad Kitty.
The taste very much matches the smell, there's quite a lot of chocolate, and possibly some nice creamy lactose, making it almost taste like a tiramisu without the coffee. Sure there's a small taste of vanilla lurking in there, but to me this feel much more like a really nice chocolate beer than a vanilla porter. I'm going to give Bad Kitty from Brass Castle Brewery a quite exceptional 9 out of 10 although I should say 0.5 of that is added on automatically for been gluten free. This genuinely is a very nice tasty beer and if I was a celiac I think I'd always have a can or two hidden away for when I fancy a treat.