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RATINGS: 210   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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This is the silver medal winner in the Brown Porter division of the 1996 Great American Beer Festival. The mash temperature is higher to produce body and mouth feel. The 2-row barley base, in addition to a combination of chocolate and carastan malts, gives this beer a smooth, round character with chocolate undertones. Many people who normally don’t drink dark beers will drink this beer.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Appearance was hard to judge in the dark bar, but it was fairly black with a head that was just a ring. Nose of molasses with a bitter fruitiness in the aroma and flavor. Lacing slid back into the glass, possibly due to it being "frosty". This might have added to its watery texture, but I find that appealing in a porter. Well balanced.

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2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Sampled at the Eagle, ID location: creosote and chocolate flavor, sweet malty flavor with a dry finish; a tad thin and slighty hoppy; uhhuh

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cornfield (5362) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2005 This poured a dark brown color with a tall tan head. It’s got a nice chocolatey, caramel, roasted aroma. Very smooth to drink, this has a mild chocolate and coffee taste. Dry coffee finish. Not bad.

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3.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2004
A dark tan head atop a black/brown ale with just subtle hints of red. An almost perfect dark chocolate aroma with caramel and sweet cream. The beautiful, complex aroma does not translate into the weak impact of the flavor. The yeast fruit is mild as is the chocolate. When they mention that ’many people who normally don’t drink dark beer will drink this beer" is true...since this does not taste like a dark beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2004
On tap at RAM, Schaumburg,IL: Chocolatey fresh roasty malts. Yum, rich and malty. Some dry bitterness and roasted coffee hints, Ahhh, a beer with some flavor.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2004
Poured dark brown with a thin tan head...aroma seemed all roasted malt and coffee...quite pleasant flavors...the body left MUCH to be desired...tasted like a 3/4 Mackeson XXX and 1/4 water mix...very thin and watery...this would be an excellent beer if they stiffened it up a bit...

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2004
Draught: Dark brown color. Clear. Average, lasting, creamy, light brown head. Good lacing. Choclate, coffee, toffee, toasted, roasted malts. Light leather taste. Medium body but very thin texture. Soft carbination. Chalky bitter finish. VERY THIN.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Terminus (3146) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - AUG 15, 2004
tap at littleton, colorado location-pours deep brown hue with minimal off-white head. light chocolate and roasted aroma. flavors are not very strong and lacks a good body.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2004
Draft- Spokane. Dark brown color with a smaller light tan head. Light coffee and roasted amlt aromas. Sharp black malt and burnt caramel flavors.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2004
This porter has a moderate roast followed by sweet chocolate; full flavored, but not thick bodied. The main thing holding it back is that the sweetness dominates - more roast please! On tap in Broomfield, CO.


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