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RATINGS: 214   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 donít drink dark beers will drink this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
OutHouseDilemma (70) - Crowley, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2005
Draft in Arlington, TX.... I thought they poured me a stout. Nice thick dark color and decent foamy head. Lil too much coffe and chocolate after taste for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (11684) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2005
Draft in Indy. Brownish-black hue with an off-white head. Sweet roasted aroma. Medium body with well balanced texture. Full flavor of coffee, chocolate and caramel. More to my style, therefore I enjoyed this the most.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1446) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - MAY 21, 2005
Strong coffee aroma and flavor. Sweet taste with some alcohol undernotes. Black in color and no head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 29, 2005
This porter starts off very mild, only a slight thin smokiness to it and some very apprehensive malt mixed with mild hopping. Once the beer warms it opens up and the smokiness comes through more, but the most important thing really is the chocolate beneath it all, giving it shape and mouthfeel. A very solid beer, but nothing worth writing home about.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
frankenkitty (1971) - 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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   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2005 This poured a dark brown color with a tall tan head. Itís 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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   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 ímany people who normally donít drink dark beer will drink this beer" is true...since this does not taste like a dark beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeM500 (1907) - 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.

   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...

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