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RATINGS: 219   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Schaumburg. Deep cherry-mahogany in color with lighter tints when held to light. Creamy tan wrung for the head. Aroma comes to fruition with semi-sweet chocolate chips, dark confectionary chocolate, iced & blended cafe mocha, a touch of caramel and a hint of lactose. Medium roasted coffee and dark chocolate are the most prevalent flavors, along with a Heath bar tribute that’s been smothered in caramel. Some slight searing in the finish, going out like Tollhouse morsels. A common, typical brewpub offering, but enjoyable, nonetheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 21, 2005
Draft at brewery. Pours dark brown w/ light tan head. Nose is roasty, coffee. Taste is big roast, coffee, chocolate. Served about 15 degrees fehrenheit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Black with ruby colored edges and a small, poorly developed head of light tan. Typical porter smell, malt accented (with very little hop aroma), with hints of chocolate fudge, roast, espresso and coffee. While the aroma can almost be considered vibrant, the flavor is very gentle. Palate is soft and fizzy, almost chaulky. Light cocoa initially, which fades into a burnt fruit aspect. I don’t usually say this about Porters, but this could use more hop. Not enjoyable, maybe even a drainpour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2005
Draft: Dark brown with some tan head. Nose is lots of chocolate and roasted malts. Lots of chocolate and caramel sweetness in the taste as well, with some coffee also making an appearance. Finishes with a nice dry bite. Medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel to it. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2005
Draft in Addison, TX. Pours a dark brown, but the head is too clear for my fancy. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malt. Flavor is straight coffee with a chocolate finish. Alcohol is balanced nicely. Palate is thick and coats the tongue. Solid porter.

   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 (13063) - 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 (1590) - 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 (1991) - 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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