Wait, Beer Cheese Tastes Like Beer?

21 02 2007

I admit, I bought this cheese because it looked so funky. It looks like tortoiseshell cheese, or something. I threw out the label and I can’t remember the name of this cheese. Something something Porter. Porter referring to the beer which is what I suspect the dark marbling is from. It was a bit on the pricey side, this small chunk was about $3.50 (It’s a pretty small chunk).

So, how did it taste? Hmm, I know this might sound a bit…asinine, but it would’ve been much better if it didn’t taste so much like beer. Yes, I know I bought a cheese made with beer. Still. The curds themselves were fairly mild with just a bit of sharpness/muskiness to it. Above, behind and around that flavor, though, was the bitterness of the beer.

I don’t regret buying it, but I probably wouldn’t buy it again. I just don’t care for the flavor of beer. I could recommend this cheese to anyone who does.

[Edit:  I checked back on this one.  It’s called Cahill’s Porter Cheese and (at Hornell Wegmans at least) costs $14.99/lb.  This is the same price, incidentally, as Parmigiano Reggiano, a far superior cheese.]

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