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RATINGS: 1473   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
A dark ale for all occasions. A blend of dark malt gives this beer flavors of coffee and chocolate with some smokey roasted notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2005
Batch 6755- Pours dark brown and settles black with smallish tan head. Aroma is full of malt. Strong roasted and chocolate malt. Flavor is roasted and quite malty. Sweetness up front, bit of a fruityness in the middle and a roasted, coffee malt finish that is farily smooth and full. Decent complexity and a nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lamas (1493) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 2, 2005
Bottle courtesy of CharlesDarwin. No Batch ID #. A black pour with ruby highlights and a thin dark-khaki head that leaves some drooping lace. The slightly roasty aroma is of chocolate, coffee and cocoa. Medium-bodied and pretty smooth. Roasty cocoa flavors dominate the taste. Quite a bit of sour malts in the middle and finish. Some molasses too. Nothing special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2005
Chocolate, biscuit, orange aromas blend nicely with some fair coffee-like roastiness in the nose. Opaque darkest brown body is topped by a decent, fine bubbled, tan head that recedes to cover with some lace. Sweet orange, biscuity malt up front meld with chocolate and floral tones followed by a pleasant roasty bitterness in the finish. Medium-full body is rich and velvety smooth on the tongue with moderate though gentle carbonation. Tulip glass. Cellar temp. Bottle (Main Street Party Store, Ann Arbor, Jul-05).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2005
Poured nearly black with a foamy tan head which receded fairly slowly with moderare lacing. Aromas were chocolate, coffee, earth, smoke, molasses, toffee, and floral hops. Flaor was sweet roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, molasses, caramel, earth, herbs, spice, bread and a nice hop bitterness. A tad watery, but characteristic of a porter. More carbonated than most. Nice malt flavor in a refreshing porter, not too sweet like some.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - SEP 20, 2005
Pours black with tan head. Aroma is roasty and chocolate. Flavor is initially of sweet malt and molases. Finish is slightly bitter with hints of coffee. Texture is smooth and creamy. Quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Brown porter style evidently. Malty/roasty in aroma, quite smooth, just too similar to standard brown ale for me. I prefer the robust Anchor Porter style. Good nonetheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmad (93) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Very dark brown, nearly black, with a small thick tan head. A sweet chocolate malt aroma. A sweet taste of chocolate, with a roasty coffee flavor and just a hint of molasses. Medium body for a porter style beer, has a nice creamy palate, a very satisfying beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Sampled on draft, Patton Alley Pub, MO. Pours murky brown with a nice tan head and attractive lacing. Aroma is very subtle with only chocolate and spicy hops. Flavor is slightly bitter with mostly chocolate and crystal malts. A nice flavor hop addition adds dimension to this otherwise average porter. Silky smooth mouthfeel with its full body is the best attribute, though. Too average to pick this over my regionally made porter, Bully!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2006 Feb 13th 2006 Re-rate <P> Aroma is less intense than I remember. Still touches on coffee and chocolate. Still a pretty beer with a deep black color and firm, creamy thumb thick mocha head. Flavor is also much less intense. Coffee, chocolate and molasses are stillt he main players, but the intensity is way less than I recalled. Sought out extra of this because I recalled it so fondly, but now it seems just good..not great. <P> Original rating 4.4 <P> Roasted coffee/malt/chocolate aroma. Deep black with a thumb thick head. Flavor is dominated by the dark malt then you get some coffee, chocolate and even mild molasses notes. A fantastic tasting porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2005
120z - bottled 01/05/2005 - Aroma is roasted chocolate malt, coffee, and toffee. Pours black with a small off white head and subtle lacing. Flavor is roasty, smokey, chocolate, and coffee. Palate is creamy and smooth. One of my all time favorite porters.

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