Whole Hog is one of the beers brewed exclusively for Whole Foods by Indian Wells Brewing Company. This one is a porter with an easy-drinking 5% ABV.
*I couldn’t find a good picture of the beer and it’s not mentioned on the Indian Wells website, so I just went with a generic picture from their site.
The beer pours a deep black with a cola-colored head. The head dissipates quickly, leaving no film or lacing behind. Carbonation is heavy and makes the liquid look like a cola.
Whole Hog smells like nuts and smoke. My initial thought was smoked pork, which must be where the name comes from.
The taste is smokey, like a rauchbier, with a nutty quality also present. To me, it reminded me of beef jerky. Weird, I know.
The mouthfeel is very thin with a ton of carbonation (very soda like). Not very porter-y.
Whole Hog is an okay beer, but I wouldn’t consider it a porter. Rauchbier (or smoke beer) is definitely a better classification, but maybe not as marketable.
Overall: 4.5 out of 10
As a PORTER: 3.5 out of 10
FOR FANS OF: Stone SMOKED PORTER, Alaskan SMOKED PORTER, O’Fallon SMOKED PORTER