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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).


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Dark but not quite opaque black body with a creamy tan head. Nutty roasted malt choco-coffe aroma. THe flavor is big choco-coffee, light to medium citurs hop bitterness. The coplexity opens up more as it warms, light smoke and espresso. The palate is very much like that of espresso. Noce stuff.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6152) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Hand-pull at pub: Presents a deep brown hue with ruby highlights, a small creamy head and very nice coating of the glassware. The nose has a lot of malt notes both sweet mocha and roasted smoky character. Also got a whiff of raisin, coffee, and a very earthy ester, nice! The taste starts with a chocolate like sweetness followed by a drier bitter finish with some coffee undertone. A tad smoky and fruity as well, very nicely balanced. The feel was smooth and a bit creamy, not flat but not aggressive either. This is one well put together brew that seem more of a hybrid style of sweet stout crossed with a baltic porter. I enjoy this one a lot! A must try if in the area.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Tap. Deep black color. No head, could be sitting to long in a pitcher. Very rich malty aroma. Smooth, like silk. Very rich in malty taste. Hop balance is present. Really a fine porter!!!!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 30, 2004
Cask sample at the brewpub. The faintest hint of a foamy ring sits on a bed of utter darkness...a vinous, chocolaty pungency assails the nostrils and hints of raisins waft forward...extremely sweet is the creamy, pillowy soft body with raisins, dessert wine, sweet chocolate, a touch of orange liqueur, and just enough roastiness to keep it together and keep the teeth from rotting. A delight.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2004
cask-conditioned: Deep walnut. Puttylike mocha foam with wonderful lacework. Delicate, but immensely complex, aroma emits coffee, caramel, and roasted barley. Slightly airy, as well, with subtle notes of anise, cookie dough, and earthy hops. Creamy, silky carbonation. Soothingly malty fusion of leather and chocolate. Gritty baker’s chocolate texture is kissed with roasted malt, vanilla, and caramel. Forceful fudgelike thickness strengthens the body as a dried plum twang slowly creeps in. Finishes lengthy and intense with chalky, highly kilned malts interwoven with caramel and coffee. Highly impressive.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2004
Tap: Black with decent head. Smoky in the middle with all coffe finish. Was just o.k.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (5061) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2004
On tap: Chocolate and coffee aroma. Dark bronw, virtually black with almost no head. Flavor is mostly coffee. Light sourness in the finish, almost tart. Light smoke. Finish is malty coffee with some sourness. Coffee aftertaste. Somewhat thin.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2004
Handpull at the brewery: Thick creamy head. I would say this porter is somewhere in the middle third of sweetness. A little bit more so on the roasty side. The first beer I’ve had from this brewery, but certainly not the last.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - AUG 14, 2003
A big roasty nosed porter with a raisony burst at the end. Very sweet and sugary in the middle that yields to some darker fruits before finishing with a very dry, roasty end.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2003
MBG. Dark ruby color with a medium lasting tan head. Strong bitter roasted malt aroma with a vinous quality. Stout like qualities in taste( coffeeish) portlike, with a body like a porter. Nice.


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