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RATINGS: 426   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
A superb porter, hearty & dark. This one is a staff favorite, made with pale, crystal, Munich, chocolate, and black malts. The darker malts give Coal its color and rich flavor. We use Target and Willamette hops to yield a very subtle hop flavor in this porter. We cellar this beer for close to six months before releasing it on the thirsty throngs of fans.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fly (1461) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2004
dark as dark can be ... but maybe I just need to improve the lighting in my house ... Sharp roast malt followed by bitter finish. Medium to slightly thin for stout body. Okay, but I’ve come to really enjoy nuanced stouts and this one seems to lack the depth of even some of the middle of the road stouts. Still I managed to enjoy this. (read - it’s okay)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Darkover (1534) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2004 Dark brown with a big tan head. Light aroma of coffee, roast and some sourness. Flavor of roasted malt and finishing with bitter coffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2004
Very dark black with creamy tan head. Coffee, roasted, and a little coffee aroma. Nicely roasted with distinct coffee malts which also impart a coffee bitterness. No other real noticable bitterness. It sits a bit sour, but medium bodied and nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Bottle pours dark brown, large frothy sand colored head, with web like lacing.   Light roasted malts, semi-chocolate, dry, with a piney hop like touch.   Light roasted malts, hoppy, with not much chocolate as was in the aroma.   A bit sour like old milk.   Medium body & mouthfeel.   Finishes slightly metallic, moreso like eating snow by the side of the road, with a bit of roasted malts.   Started out fairly good, finished not so good.   Thanks goes out to Suttree for the trade!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
IndianaRed (3742) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Bottle Pours a fairly clear dark brown with a large foamy light tan head settling down maintaining thick spotty lacing. Aroma is a bit unusual sour hoppy note with some chocolate and dark malts. Flavors are dry sour and bitter. Metallic and astringent. Feel is thin and carbonation is lively. Trailer is a burnt papery woody taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2004
black appearance with minimal head; sour, smoky, and woody aroma; thin palate; strong flavor with dark chocolate, bitter coffee and roasted notes...not a bad porter

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2004
Deep red-brown body, thin light tan head. Classic roasted malt aroma with dark chocolate tones. Flavor begins with sweetened chocolate and caramel before developing the strong roasted malts. Bitter finish. Piney hops are notable and meld with the roasted malts to create mentioned bitterness. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3495) - Georgia, USA - OCT 27, 2004
Very dark mahagony brown verging on black, but not quite there. The head is dense, light tan and lasting. The aroma is bitingly hoppy. Coal and hop bitterness come up first on the flavor and it may be a tad on the astringent side. Bitter chocolate arrives as the beer warms, along with a slight sweetness and some caramel. Charcoal and the hop bitterness linger in the background after the swallow. I actually really enjoy this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 26, 2004
on tap at the sunset grill and tap in boston. very deep brown with a big creamy head. aroma of tar and whipped cream. quite full with licorice sweetness and some lactic sourness in the finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 [12 oz. bottle] Dark brown pour with reddish highlights and a thin brown head. Roasty and chocolaty malt and coffee aroma. Initial flavor is chocolate that quickly goes to a coffee middle and a bitter coffee and hop finish. Very dry mouthfeel.

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