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RATINGS: 201   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
Rich and smooth, AleWerks Porter is a traditional example from colonial times. A seven malt backbone is balanced with Fuggles hops. Sit back and relax after dinner with a pint. English Porter was first brewed, around 1720. It quickly became the beer of choice in England, Ireland and Scotland where it was brewed in ever increasing quantity. It remained popular well into the 1800’s. Brewer Robert Hare of Philadelphia produced the first commercial porter in America (1776). After the war, his porter was in great demand, buoyed no doubt by President Washington’s 1789 “Buy American” policy and his pronouncement that he would drink only porter made in America. Much of this porter came from Hare’s brewery, and some from that of Ruben Haines.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a dark brown color; it isn’t entirely opaque. The head is a one finger light cream shade. Not very impressive looking to start, it fades rather quickly and doesn’t leave much lacing behind. S: This has a good chocolate presence, and it’s also backed by some roasted nuts, coffee, and cream. Nice aroma, yet nothing groundbreaking. T: At first I notice some dry chocolate, ultimately giving way to notes of caramel, brown sugar, and even tangy fruit esters. There’s also a slight finishing mineral component. M: Very creamy, yet at the same time, quite dry and clean. Not over-carbonated like some porters, too. Drinkability is fantastic. O: This is a fine example of an everyday beer. It inspires simple, easy going drinkability, yet doesn’t blow away the palate (nor does it attempt to). But I could easily put down 2 or 3 of these in a sitting with no complaints - I’m even a bit sad I only bought a single, so yes, this one is indeed very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
AZBennett (114) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAY 22, 2013
Pours a lovely dark brown with a beautiful tan head. The aroma is big chocolate, light roast, toffee and coffee. The flavor runs the same as the aroma though a tad bit understated, with light roast coffee and sumptuous chocolate as the backbone followed by some light toffee and caramel notes. Palate is perfect for the style and only gets better as it warms up. Overall, I changed my rating of this over from a 3.6 to a 4 over the course of 30 minutes of drinking this beer as it got so much better when it warmed. Great brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
devilben02 (281) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2013
The appearance is in line with other solid porters, with a dark chestnut-brown color beneath a nice, foamy beige head. The aroma is largely a light milk chocolate with only a little bit of roast, although it is all a bit muted until the beer warmed up a bit. The flavor is again dominated by sweet, milky, chocolate malts, which is even a little too sweet for my liking, but there is also a slight astringency that detracts from the taste. The smooth, light carbonation doesn’t get in the way. Overall, this beer has good color and aroma, and it has a decent depth of flavor despite being a bit over-sweet, making it a solid, slightly above-average porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
conway (2061) - - APR 13, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with a thin tan head. Nose is chocolate, caramel, roasted malt and a slight hint of vanilla. Taste is strong roasted malt up front, a touch of chocolate and caramel and a strong coffee aftertaste. A touch of hop bitterness is evident. Palate is a little thin but with a nice carb. Pretty nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 28, 2013
THOUGHTS: Very nice porter. Nothing fancy, just great execution on a classic style. Right up there with some of my favorite porters like Anchor and Founders porters. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark, brown that was basically black in the glass with red highlights and a very small, off-white head that mostly diminished and left barely fair lacing. The aroma contained, moderate coffee, chocolate and roasted malts; light caramel malt; light herbal, almost minty hops; slight citrus hops; slight cherry; tobacco; and sour coffee. The initial flavor was lightly sweet, and slightly sour and bitter; while the finish was lightly sweet sour and bitter with an average duration. There was roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, sour coffee, a little cherry, tobacco, dark chocolate, and light hops. The medium body was sort of creamy with fairly soft carbonation and a lightly astringent finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (3424) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Bottle at home courtesy of RABinVA. Thanks buddy! Pour is deep brown, almost black with a big tan head and good lacing. Dark chocolate, molasses, light tobacco, coffee, graham crackers, and light grass in the aroma. Taste is big cocoa nibs, roast, espresso, light oak, a touch of vanilla, earthy, and grassy with a light roasted bitter finish. Medium-to-thick mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Would have liked to see a little thicker mouthfeel and a little less carbonation, but other than that, a damn solid porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (3119) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2013
12 oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter. Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black and opaque in the glass but with a fine looking reddish mahogany at the edges. The tan head is small with limited retention, although a partial top coat and ring last on and on, and irregular sticky lacing is left on the sides of my glass. Aroma: Not strong, but has some depth and complexity,. Caramel and dark roasted malt with hints of dark fruit, coffee and a light touch of spicy hops. Taste: The flavor amplifies the aromas, especially the coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Meanwhile, the dark fruit is not present, but that’s ok, there’s plenty to enjoy here and some nice dynamics from start to aftertaste. Mouthfeel: Soft, with a near medium body and enough carbonation to add life and make it seem a bit lighter. Only a touch of dryness in the finish. O; I love some porters and fine others unappealing. This is soooo much better than the 961 Porter that preceded it. Flavorful but very well balanced and not at all challenging. Worth seeking out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2013
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep brown with a nice light tan head that leaves night lacing. Aroma is roasted malts with a hint of chocolate and espresso. Taste is lightly sweet and bitter. A nice balance. Bittersweet chocolate and vanilla with a lingering fresh coffee taste. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BillWyce (844) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2012
From notes: Poured deep brown-to-black with a 1-finger mocha-colored head. Nutty aroma, with a touch of roastiness. Medium body, a touch oily. Flavor is roasty with a nutty note beneath. Solid, not outstanding.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
radio_nowhere (1212) - Maryland, USA - DEC 15, 2012
12oz bottle bought in Virginia. Poured into goblet, dark brown with tan head. Aroma of chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is sweet chocolate, light coffee, balanced light hop bitterness and some ashiness. Dry finish. Somewhat light yet creamy palate. Pretty solid porter.

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