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A traditional black porter, with a surprise twist - it's dry-hopped!! We've expanded the porter category a bit, adding a delightful, dry hop aroma to blend with the sweet caramel and chocolate characteristics of a Robust Porter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Solid black color with a frothy head. Strong hops aroma with some subtle coffee notes. Flavor is sharp and acidic.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2005
Dark brown pour with a big rocky tan head. Lots of carbonation keeps the head afloat. Aroma has a slight roasted and chocolate character. Flavor is mild and unaggressive with some nutty chocolate flavors and roasted grain. I didn’t notice any hops, and the choc/roasted malt flavors were weak for a porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wyntastr (10) - Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2005
Thanks to matta for talking me into ordering this for the store. Here’s the deal, I dig porters. I dig hops. This brew serves up both in spades. Huge mouthful of beer right from the get go. Rich roasted chocolate and coffee notes combined with a maltiness not too sweet for a porter. Finish is all hops, obviously benefitting from aggressive dry hopping. Now this is the conundrum, I think I like these two great qualities separate from one another. A big rich, malty porter on one hand and a bold crisp imperial IPA on the other. Don’t get me wrong, this is a very good beer, but.......Am I making sense?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2005
Bottle poured black with a nice thick head and great lacing. Aroma of roast and toast with a flavor of campfire, chocolate, malt and coffee. This beer became much more flavorful as it warmed. Good stuff!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - MAR 5, 2005
(draft) A fairly mild porter that smelled and tasted of baker’s chocolate. No bitterness or coffee taste that I could detect, and I think that’s a good thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1419) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Bottle. Pours a near-opaque black with reddish highlights and a thick fluffy dark tan head that left tons of lace. Aroma is of roasty malts, bittersweet chocolate and some vanilla and hops. Taste starts nice and roasty and sweet. Flavor of dark coffee. Finish is a nice dry hoppy bitterness with some presence of warming alcohol and vanilla extract. Almost salty. Thick and solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2005
Duane, you DA man! Poured dark and thick, with a fluffy tan head, very large. Aroma of coffee caramel and Hops, surprise. I like this. The taste is traditional porter, and then BAM! hops up in your face. There is a lingering sweet/sour hop after taste. Nice, Duane, you apparently know me, or, got lucky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9461) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2005
Poured a dark black color with a huge tan head. Aromas and tastes of roasted coffee with chocolate. Nice an hoppy as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5348) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Bottle: Aroma is chocolate, coffee, and has a rather hoppy presence. Very dark brown but not completely opaqye but close. Big creamy light tan head with a very good retention. Creamy coffee flavor at the beginning are only there briefly before almost completely being covered up by a nice hop finish. Hoppy aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tejas (905) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Delicious roast & fruity aroma. Head dies down way to fast so I can’t give it high marks in the appearance category. Taste and looks a lot like Avery’s Ellie Brown except hoppier. Overall it’s pretty darn good but I think there are better Porter’s out there(anchor) that I’d happily choose over this one for the exact same price & many times less.

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