Yes, partly aged. Port says it "blurs the boundaries of Porter, Stout, Old Ale and Barleywines." Translation: Like the original 19th-century style of porter, it's a blend of freshly brewed and barrel-aged ales, in this case 80% new ale, 20% aged. But it's not as sweet as a porter because the fermentation has been carried out to the point that it's as strong as a wine, 10.5% alcohol by volume. In short, this is a suave, very malty dark beer with a kick that sneaks up on you; think twice before trying to kill the bottle yourself.
-- Charles Perry
Style: Strong, dry porter for a chilly evening
Price: $5.99 for 22 ounces
Where you find it: Beverages & More, www.bevmo.com; Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8463 or (800) 331-3005, www.hitimewine.net; Red Carpet Wine, 400 E. Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale, (800) 339-0609, www.redcarpetwine.com.