I picked this can of North Star from Northern Monk Brewery up from Morrison's as part of the 4 beers for £6 deal so it's decent value if nothing else. The brewery is based in Holbeck, Leeds and they've been going for just over 5 years now. Despite been a young, up and coming brewery Northern Monk have a pretty impressive beer selection featuring everything from imperial stouts to IPA's and they have a gluten free option for the celiac's amongst you. I've got some friends in Leeds so I may have to take a trip to the brewery at some point, everyone likes a brewery tour don't they?
Northern Star comes in a depressingly small 330ml can featuring the monk and a shot of the Leeds waterfront, or at least I think that's what it is. The can is very brown which given that this is a chocolate, caramel biscuit porter seems reasonable. Unfortunately as I'm getting old my eyesight isn't what it once was and I honestly can't read a lot of the can due to it been written in black on dark brown, is it just me that finds that kind of thing really annoying? I mean really give us old folk a chance.
The beer contains a reasonably generous 5.2% alcohol content and pours close to jet black with a nice thick tan head which lasts pretty well making Northern Star a reasonably good looking drink. I have to say at this point it's ticking all the right boxes for me. I love porters, I love sweet chocolate beers, I like caramel beers, and hopefully the biscuit will give it something a little extra so I'm really starting to look forward to this. The aroma only adds to the excitement as it's pretty strong, very chocolatey and you can really smell the caramel too, this could be a bit special.
The beers texture is thick and full bodied, as a beer like this should be, but there's something not quite right. Sure there's a strong chocolate and caramel taste, plus there's some liquorish and maybe some nut tastes thrown in from nowhere, but it's just not right. I've had a lot of chocolate beers in my time and this one just tastes a bit off, a bit cheap, a bit like a poor supermarket own brand chocolate rather than the premium stuff. It doesn't taste bad, it just doesn't taste how it should. I'm going to give Northern Star from Northern Monk Brewery 6.5 out of 10. It tastes alright, but a beer like this should taste a bit special so I'm left just a bit disappointed.