I picked up this lovely little bottle after it grabbed my attention at Cotteridge Wines. They tweeted a picture of it, I read Hanseatic porter 10% and quickly tweeted back 'Save me one please'. Shopping can be really easy at times. I knew absolutely nothing about the brewery though but a 10% porter is all it takes to grab my attention. Little Earth Project is an odd little brewery it seems, specialising in historic, farmhouse and sour beers. They are located in deepest Suffolk and they haven't been brewing long. They try to use organically farmed ingredients from the local area in many of their beers and the brewery is powered by local wood and the sun. All very eco-friendly.
This particular beer is supposed to be a modern interpretation of the type of porter consumed in the Baltic during the 18th and 19th centuries. I've still got my cold so aroma is a bit non-existent to me. My wife thought it tasted of dandelion and burdock. I know what she means but it's got more complexity than that. There is a sharp sweet tang to it which bites initially before you get the hedgerow fruity notes to coming in. There is a sweet finish and I also detected the slight woody notes too (it is barrel-aged). It is hard to believe this is 10%. Not really the type of porter I prefer but it's a decent enough beer to start my '12 beers'.
Kal and Jaz at Cotteridge Wines think the Little Earth Project beers are extremely interesting and are trying to push them and on my last two visits they have thrown in a bottle for me to try in addition to this one. They remain unopened for the time being but I'm sure it won't be long before I get to try them too. I also like what they are trying to do.