Big Daddy’s Dark Side Porter
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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.11/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96/5   IBU: 66   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
An exceptional classic Porter with imperial strength. Two row barley, chocolate, caramel and black malts make a rich tasting, dark ale with big time chocolate, caramel and nut flavors. To good to put down so please control yourselves. This is a full bodied beer for the big boys and girls.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopworks (1) - Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2012 does not count
Smooth and tasty. Good dark porter with a creamy head. Medium body with no bitter finish. This beer exceeds my expectations for a start up brew pub. I purchased two growlers to serve at home.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Draft @ Awful Arthur’s. Pours black with a medium, beige head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Similar flavor with added notes of dark fruit and a hint of wood. Nice dry and bitter finish. Best beer in the place.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Tap at Awful Arthur’s. Pours black with a medium, fizzy tan head, medium-long retention with good lacing. Aroma is dark roasted malt, prunes, coffee, chocolate, and woody, earthy hops. Flavor is dark malt, malt and bitterness, dark fruit, and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation, low warmth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DiarmaidBHK (4189) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Draft at Awful Arthurs. Pours a reddish black from tap. Slight chocolate notes on the nose. Tastes a bit burnt on the tongue. Clean finisher. Least favorite so far.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
magsinva (1105) - Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Tap @ awful Arthur’s tower mall - Pours a blackish red with a finger of off white head. Aroma is chocolate, but hard to detect since the restaurant is smokey from the attached bar/club next door . Taste is mild- spicy, sweet, bitter, with a bit of a charcoal finish. Not really tasting the 8% alcohol. overall, it’s OK, a bit bland for a porter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Getbetter (1032) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - DEC 22, 2010
From a tap,medium body,light to medium sweet,chocolate,dark brownish red,minimum white head.I like this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2010
On tap at the brewpub on 02/19/2010. Murky black body with a small creamy tan head. Sweet chocolate and caramel aroma. Big chocolate and light caramel flavor. Medium body with moderately low carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (12190) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2009
on tap-pours a dissipating light brown head and dark mahogany color. Aroma is mild chocolate/roasty. Taste is chocolate/roasty/molasses-medium/dark malt, secondary earthy/spice hops. Dryish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2010 Sampled on draft at the brewpub. Pours a dark reddish brown with a large head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is acrid roasted malts and something slightly rotten. Taste is bitter roasted malts and coffee. Thin bodied.

Tried again at the River Bend Beer Fest in Sept. 10, and found it to be much better. No notes, but score updated to reflect the more positive experience with this beer (though still factoring in the first one).

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