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RATINGS: 168   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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Everyone loves a good ninja, and were 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 wed 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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Butters (3943) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11683) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2008
Sampled at the 12th Annual Knoxville Brewer’s Jam. Deep dark brown with a thin light tan head. Some good retention. Smooth roasty coffees in the aroma, some roasted malt and coffee tastes. Pretty big hop and bitter roasted malt finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2008
Growler. Low key aroma with mild roast malt and chocolate. Dark brown body with a wispy fading tan head. Lightly astringent, bitter roast malts, mild chocolate. Some sweet cream and vanilla notes in the finish. Thin bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3196) - Georgia, USA - JUL 10, 2008
Thre’s not a lot of aroma, but this has a good flavor. Nice chocolate, the suggestion of char and an unexpected fresh c hop character. Tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thechandler (577) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - JUN 18, 2008
After having the Marz Zen, I was pretty iffy about trying other Asheville products, but I figured Id might as well. Pour was a dark brown. Aroma was a bit nutty, but not much. Flavor was interesting. Smooth and nuttty. Good malt flavor. Much more like a brown ale than a porter. Pretty good. Glad I gave them another shot at least.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 3, 2008
This porter pours a medium black color from the tap at the brewpub. Small to medium sized beige foamy head. The aroma is coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. A medium bodied porter. The malts are chocolate and coffee. The hops are earthy. Nice balance. Good carbonation. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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