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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Brewed to a smooth, chocolatey, semi-roasted ale that bridges the islands of porter and stout. And if you aren’t a fan of bridges, there’s always the canoe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ericular (486) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Pours black with tan head that fades to a thin layer, leaving good lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, and roasted coffee. Taste is very similar, with all three components making a pretty balanced appearance. Nothing glaringly bad about this at all. Walks the line between porter and stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerKurve (430) - - JUL 2, 2013
Pitch Black in color with a brown foamy head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa and coffee. Flavor is mainly sweet roasted malts, milk chocolate, cocoa and a slight vanilla touch! Aftertaste is a bitter roasted barley flavor. Body is moderate in weight and the carbonation is moderate but it feels just right and brings out the flavor. Overall a great black ale/porter/stout and I expect great things from this brewery in the future.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nellycale (171) - Caledonia, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2013
On tap at bent taproom. Hoppy and warm aroma, with a bit of zest. For a stouty porter, this is a great black ale. Coffee is perfect In the beer. Really good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Guerde (1148) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2013
(can) Chanced upon a sixer of this when I went to a random Duluth liquor store in the hopes of finding something new. Saw this and never heard of the brewery so I decided to give it a shot. Pours, well, black with a dark tan head that settles to a thin cap with adequate lacing on the glass. Aroma is pretty standard with the roasted malt, dark chocolate, and dark roasted coffee notes, but there are unique scents interwoven into this olfactory tapestry. Further scents of roasted peanuts and a faint scent that reminds me somewhat of cherry tartness, but I’m not sure if my nose is playing tricks on me. Flavor is less unique, but nothing glaring, again with the even roasted malt shining through coupled with some slightly bitter dark chocolate and faint espresso. Maybe a glimmer of walnut on the finish. The mouthfeel is superb, and it truly lives up to the description as it’s not as full as a stout, yet not as thin as most traditional porters; it truly lies somewhere in-between. Overall I had very low expectations for this beer being even remotely good, but trying it was a pleasant surprise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Had at the 2013 St. Paul Summer Beer Fest, Nice malt and roasty notes, taste is roasted malt , might like it more than cold press, have to try cold press again

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
auerbrau (3126) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUN 5, 2013
On tap at the Lake Avenue Cafe - Duluth, MN. Hoppy and warm aroma, with a bit of lime zest. For a stout, this is an okay Black IPA. Seems hoppy and light on the roasted barley. The sweetness level is a little high and the hops get pretty grassy. In the middle of the pack.

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