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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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A rich, dark, complex, full-bodied porter with hints of dark chocolate, raisins, black licorice, and currents on the palate, and a smoky, sour finish. Unlike conventional ales which go from fermenter to serving tank fully carbonated and under pressure, cask ales leave the fermenter flat, and are transferred to a cask along with unfermented malt. In the cask, the ale goes through a secondary fermentation which leaves it gently carbonated. Stored and hand pulled at cellar temperature (53 - 58 degrees).


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
joshwoodward (566) - - JUN 19, 2014
Had a glass on tap at the brewpub. So good, smooth, creamy, light, refreshing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mittenator (1287) - Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Cask at ABC. Near black with no head. Subtle malt. Slightly tart and incredibly smooth.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bwa5879 (643) - Portage, Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2012
Ominous thick black pour into English pint. Inch tall offwhite frothy head, tons of lacing. Strong vanilla scent, some chocolate and a tinge sour. Appropriately flat, medium mouth feel. Chocolate and sour for the flavor. Pretty good porter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3084) - Georgia, USA - JUN 22, 2011
Toasty chocolatey comes first on the nose, but the finish is surprisingly tart, but in a good way, like a very dark bar of chocolate is a little acidic. This is a great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Reviewed from notes. Poured from cask, this brings a nice dark body with a fairly substantial head and a good dose of lacing on the way down. Nose brings roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and some anise. Taste is the same with the flavors blending quite smoothly. Feel is nice, but not quite what I would hope the cask would do to the flavors, especially within the brewpub itself. Drinks quite well and was one of my favorite beers of the afternoon. Serving type: cask Reviewed on: 10-11-2010

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2010
Pint on tap at the Arbor Brew Pub. Poured a black color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, and lighter coffee. Tastes of chocolate, roast, coffee, and some dark fruits.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2652) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2010
20101024 hand pump at brewpub. Grassy and light woodsy aroma from this very dark, stouty looking beer. Dry palate, yet sticky finishing. Very nice.7.4.7.4.15

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2010
black with small brown head. aroma of roasted malt and chocolate mostly. nice and toasty. flavor of chocolate, toast, raisin, and lactose sugar. nice and sweet, but very balanced..dark fruits in the finish

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
strongpieman (1480) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2010
Cask --- good porter, pretty mild flavors, but drinks well. Deep color, with tan head. Not as rich as Founders, good balanced brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3442) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2010
On cask at the brewpub. Pours black with a thick tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, raisins, but mostly roasted and smoky notes. Flavor of smooth chocolate and roasted malt. It has a chalky and smooth palate. An interesting cask porter. 7/5/8/4/14 [3.8/5]


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