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RATINGS: 158   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
GTAEgeek (1286) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 13, 2013
22 oz. bottle. Dark brown (nearly black) pour, with a huge, bubbly, tan head. Aroma of burnt sugar, cherries, very light coffee, and some peat. Nice, mellow sweetness through the middle, with some light bitterness in the finish. Light to medium body, lightly astringent, and a little watery. Light carbonation. Overall, this is an interesting porter, with very little of the standard burnt aromas, but focusing instead on a good hop profile. The mouthfeel is a little weak, though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (5066) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Sampled at esbls. Dark red black. A ring. I smell smoky coffee. That defines the flavor, too.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2013
Can from Sams, Durham. Kind of an atrocious label, a bad Frank Miller silhouette from early 1980s Daredevil. But otherwise, its a decent looking brew once it escapes the aluminum. Looks a bit thin, but the head is lustrous. Nice chocolate malts and mild roasts in the nose. Sure enough, body is weakish, compromising the encounter with the otherwise solid flavors. Decent but I dont think Id be inclined for a return trip.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Westmeister (1828) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 23, 2013
Bottle. Smell is caramel, chocolate, light coffee, mild smell overall. Taste is bitter cocoa, old coffee, low medium sweetness, roasted malts, and a ever so slight back end metallic tang. A bit thin and overly carbonated. Averageish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmm635 (887) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2013
Can. Poured near black with a creamy light brown head. Roasted malts and coffee aroma. Maybe a bit thin but still a good porter.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BarleyandVine (39) - Stockbridge, Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Truly art in a glass! Chocolately roasty aroma with a hint of hops. Easy drinking and well balanced. Looking forward to a second glass!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikem409 (1601) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2013
can. pours brown with solid tan head. aroma of ash and roasted nuts. taste is thin lots of ash some chocolate. average

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbruner (2489) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Pours a translucent brownish-black from the bottle with foamy tan head that dissipates to leave good lacing. Aroma of coffee and roasted malts, taste follows with a clean, bitter finish. Pretty decent porter, and one of the better production beers they make.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3362) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Beer #7 Asheville trip. Another solid beer, and probably my actual favorite at Asheville Pizza and Brewing. There were an unusually high number of really good porters in the city. Black. Aroma and flavors matched. Loads of chocolate, but not bitter in nature, toffee, and then a nice mint note on the finish. Im guessing now that I read the description that this was from the Northern Brewer. Good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerme31 (514) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Draft. Pours dark brown medium tan head. Aroma of caramel, roasty, chocolate. Taste is sweet. Full body, texture on the creamy side, finishes roasty with some sweet. Good representation of the style and one of the better Asheville Brewing beers.


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