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RATINGS: 153   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 158   ABV: 5.25%
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Everyone loves a good ninja, and we’re no exception. This beer has chopped, flipped and posed its way to its pedestal as one of our most popular and asked-about offerings. "How?" you may ask. Part of it is pure stealth power and part of it is pure secret, and we’d have to kill you. But the other part is the rich, satisfying body and hard-hitting chocolate finish with notes of coffee and caramel. Carefully measured quantities of Mt. Hood, Northern Brewer and Cascade hops added with masterful precision balance it all out.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Bottle. Body-dark cola with a loose foamy bubble film. Nose-apple, stale aroma hops, light skunk, pine. Taste-light cola, medium dry, lightly lactic, perfumery.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (8539) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Sampled on draft at the brewpub. Pours a light chocolate brown color with a large head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is light roasted malts, caramel and sweet berry like fruit notes. Taste is light roasted malts, subtle hops and coffee. Medium bodied.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Bottle shared by Ding at the Brick Store. Pours a dark chocolate brown with a small, fleeting off-white head that leaves no lacing. The aroma is subdued and mostly dominated by dark roasted malts with only hints of chocolate and coffee in the background. The taste has a slightly more pronounced chocolate sweetness that balances the smoked malts more than the aroma would suggest. The finish is dry and slightly smoky, possibly with some coffee bitterness though very faint. The mouthfeel is very light for the style with less carbonation than I expected. This is an average porter that doesn’t stand out in any way and is very light for the style. Not bad but nothing memorable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (8119) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2009
Thanks to Rogueone for sharing a bottle. This brew pours black with a medium frothy off-white head that burns away steadily. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of coffee and roasted malt. Medium, dry body with flavors of roasted malts and coffee, along with a touch of chocolate. The finish is roasty with a mildly bitter hops aftertaste. Decent overall.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (4888) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2009
Bottle. Pours darkest brown with some off-white head. Caramel aroma with some coffee. Flavor of coffee and chocolate. Not bad. Thought from the name that it would be awful.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dolemite77 (184) - Maryville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 21, 2008
11/17/08, tap at the Coxe Ave. location of APBC. Pours like a standard porter, looks a bit thin. Flavor is hard roasted malts. Not a great porter, but palatable. Would be better if it didn’t seem so watery.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Butters (3763) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2008
Very dark brown with chestnut highlights and thin ring of tan head. Sweet dark malt aroma with some peat. Roast chocolate comes out in th flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2008
Draft sample at KBJ08. Poured clear brown color with medium off-white frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Medium roasted coffee aroma. Medium to full body with a flat carbonation. Medium chocolate sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Sold drinkable brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 21, 2008
Sample at the Knoxville Brewer’s Jam. Poured a dark brown with a thin brown head. Aroma of coffee. Flavor was bitter chocolate, roasted malt and coffee. Bitter, dry finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - OCT 21, 2008
Sampled at the 2008 Knoxville Brewers’ Jam. Soda brown in the glass with a creamy tan head that left some lacing. Roasty malt aroma. The flavor has chocolate malts with a hint of coffee. Medium body and sweet throughout.


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