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RATINGS: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 158   ABV: 5.25%
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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 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 (3174) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2008
it pours a dark brown colour, with a pretty big head that continued to overflow. once it settled down, it had a rich deep coffe aroma and a clean sweet malted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2008
Draft at Raleigh WBF. Creamy head over a medium dark pour. Roast, vanilla on the nose. Malt, too. A little thin, but nice flavors.

   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 isnt awesome, but its drinkable and overall pretty decent.

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