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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlem (1306) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2002
Again, cask creaminess throws me off! Practically full-bodied! Along the lines of a sweet porter to me. Choc. malt, but heavy, raisiny fruit. Good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2002
RERATE - The more time passes from my years in Ann Arbor, the more my appreciation for ABC grows. Absences and fonder hearts and all that. But this revisitation isn’t all nostalgia. I do believe that this is now a better made beer, or at least I have a better informed palate. The rich, hearty complexity of this thing takes no prisoners. It’s a loud, cheerfully roasty porter that calls to mind a good oak fire in autumn and rich well doctored Irish coffee. Original rating 8/14/2001 (3.8) Strong, even for a porter, with a heavy roasted flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2002
Arbor Brewing Company’s porter on cask is absolutely terrific. Very bold with strong roasted malt overtones. Beautiful maltiness and some alcohol warmth. A great beer for cold Michigan winters. Ask for a taster which the staff will happily deliver.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tourette (225) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2001
Absolutely excellent porter. Extremely complex, strong, and tasty. Great smoky roasted flavor.

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