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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   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 arenít a fan of bridges, thereís always the canoe.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9956) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Can poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of smoke, roasted malt, coffee and light bakers cocoa. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of roastiness, smoke and light bakers cocoa with a crisp lingering roasty finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3258) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUN 18, 2014
12 oz can purchased at France 44 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The pour is a slightly hazed brown copper black with a well formed 1 inch head. Nice retention on the head. The aroma is char roast along with a bit of vanilla. The taste is a pleasant blend of the char roast and soft sweet malt. Nut and pine come out as the beer warms. Simple, clean and nice. The palate is medium to light bodied with active soft carbonation and a char dry mineral finish. Tasty, glad I grabbed a six pack.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stine (1603) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Rich charcoal black. Meat, smoke and French press bring the intoxicating, nostalgic campfire roast; the first aroma of my craft beer adventure. Gamey and dense, and fragrant with the warm nuttiness of the freshest light roast grounds.

Lightly oxidized coffee flavor with aluminum and iron, offset by graham sweetness and cocoa powder. Distantly vegetal and astringent with notes of green bell pepper, especially while cold. Warmth facilitates oily nut skin flavors and tannic pit fruit depth.

Medium palate, texturally loose but not thin, finishing with soft tannin and red wine acidity. Left behind is a long trail of sticky caramel and toffee. Fresh coffee grounds prevalent throughout, especially if not consumed cold.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Guerde (1175) - 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 Iím 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 itís 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ericular (659) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 25, 2014
Aroma: choco, coffee, roastiness, light malts. Pours opaque black with foamy tan head. Roasty with some sweetness, dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
asheft (2544) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2014
On tap. Potent sweet coffee aroma with faint dark chocolate. Hazy brown-black under a persistent, beige blanket. Sweet coffee and toasty toffee flavour with a decent amount of bitterness to balance the sweet black and dark crystal malt character. Notes of licorice and hazelnuts. Medium body, moderate to medium carbonation, smooth, though slightly chalky.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nellycale (184) - 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

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheHOFF43 (1756) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2013 Tap at 7th West. Pour is dark with some creamy head. Shit, this was on Nitro. Same rating? Who knows. Creamy, dark, roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Had from can on 8/17/13 @ RBSG 2013 brunch

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bacterial (1622) - 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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