Last rites: The prayers or ministrations given to the faithful as they near death. But what if you had the chance to request one final beer before you departed this life? Draught Works Brewery would like to do the honor with Last Rites. Rich and delicious, this Mexican-inspired chocolate porter could fit the bill. Brewed with organic South American cocoa nibs and cinnamon sticks, it’s a beer that combines notes of chocolate with hints of spice for a delectable drinking experience.
Appearance and Aroma
Last Rites pours a dark coffee color. As you hold it up to the light, ruby highlights peek through. A full, tan head persists long after pouring and hugs the rim the of the glass. Swirling the beer in my glass, I can smell dark chocolate, nutmeg, and cinnamon followed by the sweet scent of dark caramel malt.
Two words come to mind when I take my first sip: milk chocolate. This beer is like a chilled, boozy glass of hot cocoa.”
Two words come to mind when I take my first sip: milk chocolate. This beer is like a chilled, boozy glass of hot cocoa. Go ahead and throw some marshmallows on top… or not. Last Rites finishes dry with a roasty malt character and faint hints of cinnamon on the backend. It’s smooth, creamy mouthfeel pair nicely with the lingering cocoa flavor.
With Last Rites, Draught Works has made a beer that checks all the boxes of a Mexican chocolate porter, without taking the spice factor over the top. At the same time, I don’t think it would hurt to kick the cinnamon flavors up a notch. In any case, Last Rites is a satisfying dark beer that is rich and flavorful, and, at 5.8% ABV, it’s a beer that doesn’t have to be your last.