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RATINGS: 215   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotstuff (4424) - Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2004
On tap at the Ram in downtown Indianapolis. This beer formed a small sized tan head with fine sized bubbles that completely diminished. The body was opaque and uncarbonated with a reddish-brown hue. The nose was chocolate and coffee and malt. The flavor was coffee with a smooth mouthfeel. The texture was watery and thin. The lacing was very sparse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (9809) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2004
From a sampler at the Indy location: Pours almost black with a medium thick tan head. The nose is fairly strong roasted coffee and malt. A little on the thin side, but very tasty nonetheless. There is a nice concoction of coffee, roasted malt, caramel and malt in there. The finish is lightly bitter and keeps with the chocolate theme too. This is probably the best beer I tried at the Indy RAM, but there are many better Porters out there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Schaumburg, Illinois. The only tolerable beer from this pigswill palace of hypercapitalist decadence. Dark brown. Pleasant bitter-chocolate nose. Light bittersweet chococoffee flavor, quite thin for a porter. DOWN WITH CHAIN BREWPUBS! FIGHT THE POWER! THE REVOLUTION STARTS NOW!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beaver (1484) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2003
The Total Disorder Porter poured a dark black/brown with red highlights. It had a small head that quickly dissipated to a lacing and collar that coated the glass on the way down. It smelled terrible! Kind of like smokey leather and aerosol - I don't remember this from previous samples I've had. The taste made up for the smell though. It had a very big roasted malt taste with some chocolate tones and a nice slightly bitter balance. Overall, this was a great tasting porter with some B.O. issues.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
3fourths (8696) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2003
Skunky sour-milk aroma. Flavor is not that bad. Smooth and mildy roasty, watery finish with some grass flavors, but an OK drink. Average porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Braudog (6040) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 19, 2003
Black with a disapating coffee head and coffee aroma. The flavor is very subtle ... choco-coffee flavor that's not too strong. Good "JV" porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reid (2095) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2003
Came in a nice over sized Ram pint glass..very nice. Nice dark,dark brown almost too dark for a typical porter, quater inch coffee and creme coloured head..frothy..stays a while. When I first get the pint the aroma is rather subdued..due to it being served a little too chilled..but after a few minutes I begin to smell excelent coffee and chocolate hints. Mmmm quite a tatsy porter, very nice not too sweet malts,milky chocolate flavour with a good bitter aftertaste. Very smooth and creamy on the tongue..and not too watery , which seesm to be a problem with brewpub porters. Very drinkable stuff indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - NOV 5, 2003
Brought this home in a 1/2 gallon growler from the "Ram Restaurant and Brewery" in Indy. Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. The small light brown frothy head is mostly diminishing with minimal lacing. The nose is butterscotch, flowers, coffee, caramel, maple syrup, and a hint of medicine. The balanced flavor is mostly floral with a light acidity and a burnt finish that speaks of roasted coffee or espresso. The full body is soft with a dry feel to the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12343) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2003
(Draught) Interesting taste to this porter. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 8, 2003
Aroma, flavor... what aroma? What flavor? This didn't taste like anything at all to me, horrible porter. Didn't like either of the beers sampled from this brewery, huge disappointment.

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