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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2004
Black brown body, thin cocoa head, good lacing. Aroma is roasty chocolate - the same flavors abound in the palate. Nice medium thick body - very smooth - almost seems thicker than it actually is. Some smokiness in the bitter finish. Very nice brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2647) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2004
Dark black appearance with a moderate tan head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, and charcoal. Now I see why they have the word COAL in the name. The flavor is quite dry with a smokey coffee taste. There is no sweetness to be found. An interesting porter indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5293) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 5, 2004
Reddish black, thin tan head. Nice burnt toast and tar aroma. Thick, toasty with a decent hop flavor, and hints of coffee. Also hints of chocolate and smoke. Nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rajendra82 (965) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2004
This 12 oz. bottle arrived courtesy of Eyedrinkale as part of a great little trade. Poured into the pint glass, the body was of a burnt reddish black color and translucent when held up to the light. The head was foamy, off white and short lived. The lacing was very good. The aroma was chocolate, toffee, and grassy-floral hops. The taste was roasty and robust, with some plums, chocolate, coffee grounds, toffee, and woody smoke flavors drifting in and out. There was quite a bit of dryness, and herbal hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was medium thick and packed a bit of an edge. Quaffable offering from a brewery located at one of my former stomping grounds in Bar Harbor, Maine. Necely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 22, 2004
08.22.04 12oz bottle. Black pour with amber highlights at the edges; very little head. Smells roasty and rich - licorice, ash, tar. Flavor is big, bitter, and roasty. Hardly any sweetness. More burnt toast than my kitchen on sunday morning. No sour flavor, but a certian acidic astringency on finish. Nice porter - could stand to be sweeter in its maltiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - AUG 19, 2004
Deep mahogany brown with off white head (thick). Roasted nose with chocolate, coffee and other "dark" flavors. Rich with med-heavey mouthfeel, roasted coffee and chocolate flavors and a lingering burnt toast finish. Delicious!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Panzuriel (1373) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2004
Dark and thick. Light does not penetrate. Neat thin head. Strong roasted malt flavor. Bitter coffee taste. Decent body. Flavor is too brief and does not last. Otherwise a solid beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (3893) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 21, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2005 2004 bottle. Pours a dark dark chestnut brown with hints of violet and red tinges on the edges. Small beige head, quite bubbly with an exceptional aroma (figs, concord grapes, caramel, molasses) for a porter; especially seeing as how this one is not bottle conditioned. Flavor is immensely dry and quite vinous. But not too dry that it ruins the beer. As it warms, a delicious chocolate/plum brandy flavor arises, backed by a hearty medium-full body, nice zesty carbonation and a chewy chocolatey finish. The hops add notes of bitterness, but never jump out at you. Great specimen, Iíd love to try this one on draught.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Color, a dark brown, that could pass for black, under a solid, though short, tannish head. Aroma: espresso bitterness, earth, dark choocolate. Taste: again, bitter espresso flavor, with a gritty texture, and deep, dark flavor. Full-bodied, and well-rounded, hops and malt are well-matched, and blessed by a crisp, though still warmly resounding medium-length finish. Lacks a certain creamy smoothness I enjoy in other favorite porters (Anchor, Bellís, which I had on tap tonight and canít help but compare it too), but this porter is itís own man, I must remember. Itís named, after all, in honor of sooty, coal-carriers, not witty, sophisticated songwriters with the same pronunciation to their names. A snappy little number, and I liked it just fine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6234) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2004
Reddish dark brown with big frothy head and very nice lacing. The aroma hints of smoky and caramel malts, mocha, walnuts, dusty yeast esters, floral hops, and a touch of grapefruit. The taste starts surprisingly bitter and coffee toned, the sweet mocha malts are more subdued than expected. Undertones of citrus, smoke, and nuts. The finish is equally hoppy and lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is lively and fizzy. The malts are too subdued for my liking with this much bitterness, unlike the big hoppy porters with display of balance. Still, it had some complexity and quality. Enough to try again.

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