Unbelievably this is the first alcohol-free porter beer I’ve reviewed on My Dry Bar. I’ve always enjoyed a stout beer so was excited to see Divine Brewing has created Polaris, an alcohol-free porter beer.
Not come across the type of beer called ‘porter’ before? Well, a porter is essentially a dark, hoppy beer that originated from the UK at the end of the 18th century. Since then it has made its way around the globe and a number of countries including the USA, Sweden and Ireland have produced porters.
You may also not be aware of Divine Brewing. Well, that’s understandable as they were only founded in 2019. Since then though this British brewer has created multiple award-winning beers including a golden ale and a bitter.
Polaris is brewed using traditional methods to create a great balance of old and new; for example, they have used liquorice root, an ancient way to add a level of sweetness to drinks. The question is though, is the award-winning Polaris alcohol-free porter any good? Well, you’ll just need to read my review below to find out.
Is Polaris porter any good?
Firstly, let me point out this is one of those alcohol-free beers that is not subtle in its flavour. For me, I got an immediate hit of malt and smoky flavours (although not as smoky as Drop Bear’s Bonfire) so if that’s not your thing you may want to steer clear. Once over the initial hit, I was generally impressed by the smooth taste and texture of this porter. It’s a fairly indulgent, rich and interesting experience but I don’t think I could do two cans given it’s quite filling.
Aroma & Appearance
Polaris really does smell like a traditional porter beer. You get aromas from a complex combination of malts, grains and even a hint of chocolate. As you can see from my photo this beer was almost pitch black in the glass and had a decent forthy heads that kept whilst drinking.
I’m giving Divine Brewing extra bonus points due to their ethical stance. They genuinely want to make a difference to the environment but at the same time ensure the traditional ways of brewing beer aren’t lost. This porter is suitable for vegans, gluten free and is relatively low in calories. The one downside is that it isn’t particularly easy to find so you’ll need to purchase from an online specialist.
Buy Polaris porter
Well, that’s a great question. Normally we have a few options to give those wanting to buy but due to its rarity, I will suggest either buying it from Amazon or from Divine Brewing directly.
If you are located in the UK or EU then check out the following online alcohol-free specialists. At the time of writing, you could purchase this drink from these companies but make sure you check availability and price.