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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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).


2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jcwattsrugger (11004) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2008
pours a light brown head and black color. Aroma is dark malt-roasty, dark fruit. Taste is slightly sweet, dark malt-roasty, dark fruit-slight sourness. Minimum/no carbonation. Aftertaste-some dusty/coffee.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10090) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2005
Draft at Arbor Brewing. Dark brown hue with a light brown head that diminished slowly. Complex good aroma of chocolate, smoke and sweet. Full body with creamy fuzzy texture. Good porter flavor with a long smooth finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9158) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2009
From the Jug at the GABF Colorado Convention Center, Denver 10/10/2008 Vanilla aroma. Black strong in alcohol and a little rich on the palate. Fruity with a crisp and slightly dry coffee roast finish.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ratman197 (9036) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2007
Bottle (leftover from GABF) pored a clear brownish black with a minimal tan head. Aromas of esspresso, roastiness and hints of dark chocolate and vanilla. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of coffee, roasted malt, bitter chocolate and a hint of smoke with a lingering roasty bittersweet finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8530) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2007
A keeper on cask here. Mocha head on top of very dark brown. Sessionable ABV. Well malted and the bias is on the sweeter side and so drinkable. Cocoa, coffee, mollasses, mild roastiness. Could have more aroma with all of these ingredients.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (7799) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Cask at the brewery. Sweet nose of malted milk balls and dry grains, resembling a dry stout at times. Dark and oily, silky, very fine and quiet on the tongue, with a delicate motor oil silkiness and a light astringency to the roasted malts. Fairly good, and I think the cask adds a lot to this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2005
Light brown lasting head covers the very dark body, even for a porter. Smooth and smoky nose displays a plethora of dark malts in profusion. Highly roasty, it feels very stoutish in that sense. Smooth cask feel comes close to a 5 for mouthfeel, the finish lingers and carry on the strong, yet gentle and accessible roastiness. Slightly tart, kinda fruity (cherries), this doesn,t detract the other flavors and in fact contributes to the complexity and benefit the overall experience. Whiskeyish mild alcohol presence would have been out of place in most other porters, but feel right here. This is good stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deyholla (5974) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Cask at the brewpub. Poured black with a medium brown head. Aroma was full of malts, with chocolate and licorice present. Flavor was full of dark chocolate notes with a bit of raisin underneath, but don’t pick up and sourness as in the description.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (5743) - 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.


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