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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.

   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 (1025) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4373) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 24, 2007
Appearance: Pours an opaque, black body with a creamy, khaki-colored head. Smell: Aroma of roasted malts, hunks of baker’s chocolate, and maybe, just maybe a little hint of licorice. Taste: Roasted maltiness with the flavor of dark, unsweetened chocolate. Not really much hop character at any point. Finishes roasty and chocolatey. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Soft, spritzy carbonation. Drinkability: Not bad at all, it really started to grow on me more and more towards the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - SEP 24, 2007
Draught at brewpub. Pour is a very dark ruby with a light tan head. I can’t say much about the aroma. I have difficulty picking out the aroma of beers in restaurant/bars. I did notice some cocoa though. The taste of of cocoa, oatmeal, coffee, and some roasty notes. The finish made the cocoa burst a little more. This was decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Pours a very dark brown, with a medium, foamy light brown head. A light chocolate aroma fills the air, with some dark malts and extremely light roasty smells as well. The flavor was pretty big on the roast, some dark chocolate, with a full bodied palate. Pretty good porter, nice flavor, with pretty much no bitterness in the aftertaste. More chocolatey than anything, which is fine by me.

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