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RATINGS: 161   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3160) - 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 I’d 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 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 (7158) - 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.

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