Belgium has long been known for producing strong, dark ales throughout the centuries. In recent years brewers all over the world have been been experimenting with Porters and Stouts brewed with traditional Belgian brewing ingredients to create new styles.
DC Brau and Stillwater Ales joined forces to create one of their own. "NATAS" is a Belgian Style Imperial Porter brewed with a traditional high gravity Abbey yeast. At first glance "NATAS" is pitch black in the glass with wafting aroma's of burnt sugar and caramelized fruit. The mouthfeel is silky smooth with hints of cocoa. It has a gentle, warming phenolic character that begs for a follow up inquiry. The hops are used to balance this brew and lend a subtle complexity. The dark lord himself would be proud to serve this hellish offering to his legions of demonic minions.
The beer name is a nod to Natas Kaupas, a skateboarder from Southern California in the late 80s and early 90s whose thrashing was super rad and adored by Brian, Jeff and Brandon while growing up. Natas is also Satan spelled backwards. Traditionally, there are many Belgian Strong Goldens and Tripels bearing the name of the Evil Spirit. Being that this beer is dark as midnight and therefore the opposite of this it is only appropriate that it should bear the name of the dark lord spelled BACKWARDS.
Watch the legend shred!
DC Brau and Stillwater Artisanal Ales both respect the personality rights and intellectual property rights of Natas Kaupas, as well as the intellectual property rights of Kevin Ancell, creator the NATAS panther logo. They are our heroes, and we encourage you to support them as well!
Style: Belgian-Style Imperial Porter
Color: Like a Black Hole (no light escapes)
Serving type: Draft-Only
Availability: December 2011