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RATINGS: 1497   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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A dark ale for all occasions. A blend of dark malt gives this beer flavors of coffee and chocolate with some smokey roasted notes.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 17, 2005
This beer pours a very dark rust color and is opaque in the glass. Has a medium, relatively loose head and a brown sugar/coffe aroma with nice roasted overtones. Very light bitterness; perfectly blended. No overpowering flavors yet gives a balenced but complex profile. There is a distict astringent flavor that I canít place, striking at first and any stronger and it would be a flaw, but in this context it is very interesting couterpoint to the maltyness. This beer realy goes for the coffee and roasted tones rather than the chocolately and smokey ones in many american porters. This is an introspective shoe gazing porter relative to the punk rock offerings from the likes of Rogue and Stone.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
37steel (186) - St. Charles, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2007
12 oz bottle. Deep brown almost black with a thin tan head. Very malty aroma. Chocolate with a hint of bitterness at the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
reverendj (185) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2009
To get the full effect of the aroma, let it warm a bit. The taste is somewhat a let down after the delicious nose. Hints of chocolate and roasted barley lightly kissed by smoke. Palate was a little thin ..... not a bad brew, just not powerful enough.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
marv3mania (185) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2014
12 oz. bottle in a pint glass. Pours a dark brown with a medium, light mocha head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, and a bit of coffee. Taste is mostly roasted malts with a little bit of chocolate, no coffee. Not too bad, but Iím not really a porter/stout guy.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2003
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a dark brown to black liquid that light has trouble penetrating with a small amount of caramel colored head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin film. Aroma is of molasses, hops, black licorice and sugar. Flavor is of ground coffee and a medium hoppiness that isn't dry. A nice, fresh, clean taste to introduce anyone to hops, I suppose. Sampled at 67 degrees Fahrenheit.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smroush (184) - Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Aromas of dark roasted coffee with a touch of chocolate. Some balance from the hop bitterness. A moderate light tan head; very dark brown, nearly black color to the beer. Taste is predominately bitter flavors; mild to perhaps moderate sweetness. Fairly full bodied with a somewhat oily texture. Average carbonation. Finish is long and mostly roasted bitterness, but a touch of sweetness also. Overall a quite good enjoyable Porter. Complex enough to be interesting, though not enough to make it world class.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dolemite77 (184) - Maryville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Great porter. Pours almost black with a brown rim. great all around beer, but some items to note are the coffee aroma which is great... and the coffee taste is also prevalent. A chocolaty roasted flavor, with not much alcohol. The biggest strike against this beer would be the mouthfeel. It seems a little thin, with a little too much carbonation for this style. A porter is a hard to do beer in my opinion (er... hard to do well). This one might be one of the better porters Iíve ever had.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Pours dark brown with a medium sized dense head. Smells roasted, malty. Taste is very good - malty, roasty, slightly bitter. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Very good porter.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
uvajed (181) - Ravenna, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2012
I suppose Iím missing something, but what is it? This is a good porter, but I do not know why it gets such amazing ratings. Seems a tad bitter and kind of uncomplicated to be so near the top of the style.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jkbachman (181) - - OCT 10, 2012
Chocolate malts are very present. Slight coffee aftertaste. Low hop aroma and bitterness. Very drinkable porter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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