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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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmschefke (570) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2012
Finally getting around to rating this one. Pours an almost clear very dark brown with thin tan head, minimal lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, slight smoke, coffee, caramel, and slight nuttiness. Flavor matches well and comes together very nicely. One heck of a porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (4136) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 25, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear ruby black, medium tan head, dissipates leaving nice lacing. Aroma is roasty, hint of smoke, anise. Flavor is light sweet, light plus bitter, rich and roasty, coffee, hint of acidity. Medium body, solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3894) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 24, 2015
Dark brown color. Hazelnut and milk chocolate dominate the nose. Malty mouth. Smooth and very drinkable. Slightly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (1159) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 22, 2015
Bottle to pint glass Caramel, soy, oil, dark chocolate, cherry, and red pepper. Dark brown, with a 1 cm frothy, long lasting head. Taste is dark chocolate, malt, vanilla, nuts, bready yeast and bitterness throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sawbuck (405) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2015
Sweet chocolate, roasted malt aroma. Bittersweet malt up front. Hints of coffee. Satin mouth feel and bitterness comes in on the finish with the best balance in a porter I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smroush (103) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cladinshadows (46) - USA - MAR 19, 2015
Smoky and savory aroma. Little bit of chocolate. Very dark with ruby/garnet highlights. Head retention is a bit lacking but otherwise tasty looking. Flavor is predictably dominated by coffee and chocolate. Pretty hoppy. Somewhat acidic. Mouthfeel is good but a slightly drying finish. Overall a very tasty porter. Glad to have it on the west coast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Evolutionary (343) - Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Bottle from indianwood store. Nose is malty and cocoa. Notes of smoke and malt and bitter roasted dark fruit. Ok but not amazing. Good porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
williamherbert (1358) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Dark mocha brown, slushy lace and a medium half-finger of light brown head. Aroma is peat smoke, dusty hazelnut, chocolate powder. There is a surprisingly woody hop that is very mild but adds an accent/counterpoint to the smoke. Going deeper there is a hint of plum/date. There is actually a very distinct bacon scent. The flavor is more of that smoked meat, which I was absolutely NOT expecting. The roasted nuttiness comes after, and it works. The feel is dry and dusty, as expected. There is a lot going on here, the smoke, the nuts, the stone fruits, and the slight woodiness. It’s a very good porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willisread (528) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 12, 2015
Old rating. Dark brown color with an off white head. Nice coffee and milk chocolate aromas with biscuit on the nose. Taste is similar with chocolate really standing out as it comes to room temperature. Some dark fruit and hop resin in there as well. Slightly roasted coffee bitter finish. Quality stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zymurgeist2 (1212) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAR 5, 2015
From bottle to pint glass. Semi-sweet chocolate, dark wheat and baker’s chocolate aroma. Pours almost opaque brown with garnet highlights. Full dark tan head lingers, with very minimal webbing on the side. Taste is chocolate and chocolate powder. Sweet malt in moderate high amounts leads to a sweet finish. Moderate low bitterness balances well with the chocolate aspects.

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