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RATINGS: 647   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.9   IBU: 12   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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A robust Porter made with chocolate malt. This malt Beverage is brewed with coffee beans with Natural Flavor added (Vanilla Extract), and we balance it with U.S. Golding Hops. Our award winning brew is sure to please! Open it!


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ron (2648) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Poured very dark brown with very minimal head. Aroma was coffee, vanilla, and hot chocolate. Tasted as expected too, coffee with a touch of vanilla and the hops were not very noticeable. The body was a bit light which was nice.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
thornecb (4502) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Pours deep brown into a snifter. Off-white head recedes to hug rim. Sour coffee aromas. Crisp sour vanilla and coffee from front to back. Nasty. Drain pour.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
kseecs16 (1207) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2008
Bottle. Aroma is stale, a bit vegetative. Appears dark brown with a bubbly off-white head. Horrible flavor of red peppers in a porter. No sweet or roasty character at all. Light palate. Disgusting. I hope this was a bad bottle.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
JaBier (4983) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Sample at the Hopsnobbery Collective Porter tasting at Dogbricks on 12/4/08. Pours an opaque medium brown with a thin head. Dank aroma that is malty and a bit tart. Flavor is equally tart with some pepper and a mild roast finish. Not sure what they were going for here, but it gets a WTF from me.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Tap at Goodbar beer club. Nose is a big vanilla and chocolate hit, some burnt malt, rum ball, cocoa krispie. Flavor is large vanilla and chocolate hit - like a slightly milkier Rogue Chocolate Stout.

1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 18, 2008
Pours a pretty light brown for a porter, with a small tan head that fades rather quickly. The nose is very odd, resembling a bean burrito, or refried beans. The roastiness in this beer comes across as a chipotle smokiness. The flavour is slight improvement, but only if you really like Mexican food. I will stop here as I pour this filth down the drain.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2361) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2008
Pours a pitch black with a medium sized light brown head. Aroma dominated by cocoa and powdered chocolate. Taste of cocoa powder, chocolate and vanilla roasted beans.

1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Dogbrick (8507) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Sample at the Hopsnobbery Collective Porter tasting on 12/4/08: The beer is nearly opaque black with a thin beige head that dissipates quickly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Minimal aroma of vanilla and jalapeno. Thin body with a flavor not unlike a few chili peppers, coffee grounds and vanilla extract blended in a garbage disposal. The finish is weak cardboard and coffee. What happened here.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
epf33 (224) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2008
tastes like an average porter cant taste the vanilla or the java very light chocolate notes an average beer

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
zach8270 (3516) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2008
(bottle - 12 oz) Black pour with a puffy tan head and great lacing. Aroma is a nice mix of coffee, chocolate, molasses, vanilla, and cream. The vanilla smells like good, real vanilla. Not imitation. Flavor is a major letdown. Instead of the wonderfully creamy flavor that I thought I would get from the aroma, instead the flavor tasted like watered down coffee grinds mixed with some burnt malts and a little chocolate. The vanilla had completely disappeared from the flavor and all I tasted was coffee. Not bad, but it was very watery and thin.


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