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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2008
Draught at the WBF in Raleigh. Appearance is dark brown, small tan head. Roasty aroma with chocolate, coffee. Flavor is similar, with a roasted malt bittter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Growler from Joseph Redner, Jr. Dark brown body with a smallish tan head. Some retention and only drip lacing. Nose is very chalky, with backing notes of fudge, roasted beans, licorice and some vanilla hints. Flavor is chocolate, roasted dark malts, coffee beans, fudge and vanilla bean. Medium bodied, slightly chewy. Finish is lengthy, fudgey chocolate, coffee, vanilla and licorice round out the package. Ninjas are awesome. This beer isn’t awesome, but it’s drinkable and overall pretty decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (6530) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 14, 2008
This is the sixth growler Degarth opened out of seven he brought back from his trip. Thanks buddy. Pours dark brown with amber edges and thin tan head. The aroma is mild with hints of burnt malts, faint chocolate malts and maybe some dark fruity estery notes. The flavor is mildly burnt to start with a hint of roasty malts. More burnt and chocolate malts well up midway along with some vanilla. The burnt malts grow in strength into the finish along with some tasty malt roastiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 23, 2008
This is kind of my go to beer when I come here. Lots of burnt coffee notes throughout, quite roasty with a bit of chocolate on the finish. Has a nice sharp hop bitterness on the tail which I find to be quite pleasing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 15, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2008 Had this at the brewery in Asheville during a music festival this summer. Pours nearly black. Light brown head. Mocha and coffee aroma and taste. Could be a little more hoppy, but very smooth. Not a lot of complexity in this one, but it didn’t stop me from having 3 glasses of it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerLover (1024) - DC Metro Area, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Sampled on draught at the Capitol City Carnival 2007. Pours to a deep brown to black color, with a rocky, tan head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is inviting, with aromas of dark chocolate, light roast, and coffee. The palate delivers much of the same, with good dark chocolate and coffee flavor. This beer finishes with more chocolate and coffee notes up front, then ends dry and roasty, and with a touch of piney hop bitterness that lingers. A solid porter, with good flavor and very drinkable. Would make a nice beer to match with pub grub, and a nice beer to drink a few pints of.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2007
Pour: chocolate brown. Head: thin, light beige. Aroma: chocolate, roasted, coffee. Flavor: coffee, roasty. Palate smooth. Finish: clean.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2007 pours brown with tan head. some spotty lacing. very sweet creamy mouthfeel. malts, toffee, and coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Sampled at ABC.poured a big brown color with a nice khaki head.Coffee and roastedness aroma.Flavor was full on coffee and caramel.Mouthfeel was creamy.A slight coffee bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2007
Sampled at the Capitol City Carnival 2007. Clear dark brown body with a small brown head. Light chocolate aroma. Light bitter chocolate flavor. Fairly bland.

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