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).
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
tourette (224) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2001
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Absolutely excellent porter. Extremely complex, strong, and tasty. Great smoky roasted flavor.
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