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Brewed to a smooth, chocolatey, semi-roasted ale that bridges the islands of porter and stout. And if you arenít a fan of bridges, thereís always the canoe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bookman10 (658) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Pretty good version of a stout. Pours a dark black with smallish head. Aroma is full of roasted malt. Flavor is a pretty balanced combination of roast coffee and grain, with a lot of malt sweetness. Semi-bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Pours a deep black with no real head, though that head would be beige. Toasty roasty burnt aroma with some coffee and a bit of caramel. Taste is surprisingly citrusy. Toast and coffee flavors dominate the mid game with just a touch of sweetness. Kind of watery, though you could call it juicy thanks to the citrus notes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gridfather (30) - - NOV 24, 2013
8/11/13 pint glass at Grandma's in Duluth. Black as midnight. Aroma malt and chocolate. Creamy head. Comes on strong and ends smooth. Strong flavor of dark roasted malt. Leaves pronounced foam rings with each drink. Good session beer for primarily cooler weather. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HoppedDuluth (4) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2013 does not count
Iím rating this beer as it stands coming out of the tap on nitro. The beer sits wonderfully in an English pint glass. Wonderful black color with an ivory head. What I noticed first about this beer, in comparison to other black ales, was how drinkable it was. Front-end notes of coffee malt with a moderate hop finish. The beer comes of the palate very nicely, and does not linger; something I really appreciate with my ales. Very nicely balanced. This beer should be experienced on nitro, as the velvety texture and mouth feel is suberb. I would agree that this beer is thin in comparison to other black ales, but thatís something to be lauded, in my opinion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmagnus87 (2548) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Can at RBSG. From notes. Chocolate and coffee but a thinner than expected texture. Regardless, I really like this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbutler1 (1356) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2013
Can. Pours a dark brown black color with a light tan head. Coffe roast and notes of chocolate in the nose, slight oatmeal note as well. Medium mouthfeel. Roast coffee bitterness upfront gives way to bitter chocolate flavor. Pretty smooth. Lingering bitter after taste. Drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mnmike (1034) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2013
At tap at the MN State Fair. (unfortunately in a plastic glass...) Great dark color. Light enough for a hot day. Strong roast and bitterness. Awesome entry for this brewer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (11173) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2013
@RBSG Minni-12oz can-tight lt brown-black. A-roasty/some cocoa-dk malt/oats. T-roasty/some cocoa-dk malt/oats, 2nd earthy/pine hops. Almost chewy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
portableparty (1946) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Can to glass. Pours black brown with a tight khaki foamy head. Aroma has a good bitter pine and chocolate roasted malt. Taste has bitter pine citrus hops chocolate roasted malt. Palate is medium slick chalky and dry. Very well put together.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bacterial (1679) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Tastes provided at the RBSG. Pour from a nice looking can. Dark in color, fluffy light tan head. Nice roasted malt nose. Notes of chocolate in the taste and an easy bitterness in the finish.

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