It never ceases to amaze me how there are kids in this world who are spoiled beyond belief. A 6 year old’s birthday party is a great place to view this spectacle. My niece was opening her gifts today in front of the family as always. When she received a present filled with clothing, each item was efficiently jettisoned to the floor without even being unfolded or looked at to determine what type of attire it actually was. She did all this with a smile. Gifts with toys were given a bit more attention. But that wasn’t what leads me to use the term “spoiled.” My problem comes with the “extra” gifts that were wrapped and distributed to the cousins in attendance. What?!? Extra gifts?!? The rationale…the cousins are sad that they didn’t get toys. Are you kidding me? Do they not each have their own birthday?
I recall now the reason for this ridiculous, let’s call it, tradition. During my niece’s 2nd or 3rd birthday, I can’t remember which, the one cousin began to pull the gifts out of her hands while the other cousin cried over not getting toys. So instead of teaching the cousins that they must wait for their own birthdays, the grandmother began to ply them with toys to stop them from complaining. How is that teaching kids? What are they learning? If they complain and argue loudly enough they will get what they want? Because that is what they learned. And that is also why they continue to act that way whenever things don’t go their way. I can’t wait to see what they are like in a classroom. Or even better, as adults.
Hangar 24 Chocolate Porter
As with all things that are called by a familiar moniker, you expect a lot out of them. So when someone titles a beer Chocolate Porter, you really want the chocolate flavor to come out and be abundant. When cold, it barely registers. It’s too bad since the aroma is similar to chocolate milk. A trace of booziness and an ending note of vanilla are what most come through. As it warms a bit, the chocolate comes out more and some of the booze goes away. The vanilla still lingers at the end. The thinness of a porter is probably another reason why I don’t necessarily get the chocolate. To me, chocolate is creamy. So I think it comes across better in a stout. That being said, this isn’t a bad porter. I would say it is more vanilla than chocolate though. So if you are buying it because of the word chocolate in the title, I suggest giving another chocolate porter a try. Or purchasing this beer and a Hershey’s bar.