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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.35/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
In the early 18th century, East London pub brewer Ralph Harwood mixed the pub’s three ale styles to create a fourth style on the premises. Calling it the “three heads ale,” this porter forerunner was a mix of equal parts pale ale, actively fermenting brown ale, and aged brown ale. In 1732 Harwood brewed the first “porter” from scratch. He called this new ale “entire.” This hearty dark ale became known as porter due to its popularity among that group of working class pubgoers. Using maritime English Malts, East Kent Golding hops, and mash conditions mimicking those of the 18th century London breweries, Java Porter has a distinctive new world twist—coffee beans are brewed in with the boiling wort. Collaborating with local coffee roaster Partridge & Quigley, the bitter dark roasted Sumatra Blue Lingtong Java was selected to complement this robust seasonal ale. With an Original Gravity of 1.075 brix, this highly hopped porter is distinguished by the subtle presence of the Sumatra Java. Available for a limited time only, Java Porter is served on draught or cask conditioned from the BBC’s hand-pull engine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
edgallow (3639) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 3, 2015
Sampler pours black with a brown head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and grains. Taste is coffee and nice malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (6037) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Draft: Pours black...with a short, tan head. Strong, roast coffee aroma. Creamy chocolate/coffee flavor. Roasty, smoky. Very solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (8114) - Indiana, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Draft to taster at Lennies. Looks good; a cloudy dark brown with beige head. Smells solid; lots of coffee with dark malt notes. Tastes like it smells with a good mouthfeel. Good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
ContemplateBeer (1996) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Aroma of bitter, chalky coffee, some chocolate. Appearance is garnet black with bone head. Flavor matches the nose; the coffee has a "spent" taste and is generally unpleasant. Palate is medium, chewy and soft. Needs work.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (10675) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 18, 2012
Tap. Coffee and chocolate malt aroma. Dark brown color with small head. Slightly sweet chocolate malt and lightly bitter ash/herb flavor. Body a bit light. A nice drinkable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Brigadier (3540) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2012
On tap at brewpub
Moving on to the porters and stouts I was less impressed with what came at the end of the flight. While they weren’t terrible they just felt like they were lacking something that gave them an edge over any other beer brewed to a paint by numbers recipe. Even so it isn’t a bad fallback.

Aroma / Appearance - Reddish black with spindly legs the beer slips down the sides slowly. Black coffee, ash, and a dry smoky malt bill nibble at the senses but never are strong enough to attract a bite.

Flavor / Palate - Thin in the mouthfeel the texture is a bit watery. Like coffee left too long in the pot it has a strong bite. The taste of day old coffee proceeds to linger for a while before fading slowly. Average to slightly below average this is not the best example of a porter to use when trying to determine the good from the bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcurtis55 (35) - Plainfield, Indiana, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Had this on tap at Lennies along with lunch. Not much head. Very dark porter. Aroma was coffee and maybe some chocolate in there. The flavor is similar to the aroma, although the roasted flavor comes through. Seemed pretty well balanced. Good, drinkable porter. The ABV is 5.0. Sumatran coffee beans are used.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Wish this one had been on cask, but enjoyed it even so. Oily dark pour, with a thin but persistent head and nice lacing. Soft mellow chocolate and bitter bean in the nose. Perhaps a bit too one-dimensionally bitter in the taste, at the expense of coffee’s deeper and more subtle qualities, but there were enough choc malts and hops to balance things out. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2011
On tap at Lennies / Bloomington Brewing Co on 14 March 2010. No ABV stated. Dark brown colour. Looks rather cloudy but too dark to see clearly. Lots of coffee. Rather dry mouthfeel. Some burnt bitterness. Slightly thin and maybe lacks a little depth but, overall, pretty decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
flatmatt (1466) - Northville, Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2010
On tap at Lennie’s restaurant. Pours a dark red brown with an off-white head. Aroma features a creamy coffee roastiness. Flavor is nice with coffee, roastiness, cream, and cocoa. Starts out strong but unfortunately fades to become somewhat watery by the time I’m finished.

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