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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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An English style robust Porter with huge malt notes from Chocolate and Black malt matched with a huge use of Crystal malt to lend ruby hues to the corners of the glass. This dark brew is then highly hopped with imported Northdown and First Gold hops to lend a subtle earthiness in character.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (5342) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2009
Enjoyed at the Capitol Hill brewpub. This beer pours a dark brown tone with a nice tan head. Great lacing. Aroma is roasted notes with chocolate and a bit of tart hops. Flavor is also chocolate an coffee. Those roasted notes keep coming. Well balanced. A delightful beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2009
Had this one on draught at the brewpub near Union Station in Washington, D.C. Hazy dark brown pour with a light brown head, chocolate malty nose, a nice creamy chocolate and malt flavor, smooth finish, very nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexanderj (3382) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAY 31, 2009
On tap. Color was a dark brown. Aroma of roasted malt, cocoa, caramel. Flavor was a bit hoppier than expected. Roasted malt with some earth and chalk. Solid brewpub porter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAY 16, 2009
Tap at Downtown Location. Pours black with a tan ring. Nose is sweet and malty. Taste is sweet and malty with some coffee, second best of the night.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (9170) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 16, 2009
On tap at the brewpub in downtown. Pours a deep ruby with a thin, but creamy tan head that has good retention and spotty lacing. Aroma of coffee grinds, semisweet chocolate, roasted malt. Taste has a bit of a meaty and smoky body with chocolate-covered cherries. Bitter hops in the finish. Medium-bodied. A bit astringent but the smokiness and chocolate really bring this porter alive. Very good- a nice surprise.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2009
Sampled on draft at the brewpub, Shirlington location. Pours a hazy raspberry red color with a medium head. Poor head retention and lacing. Aroma of nuts, chocolate and light roast. Taste is roasted malts, chocolate, lactose and bitter hops. Medium bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (4451) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2009
Location: Draft Postal Building Location - From the sampler glass 3/7/09.

Aroma: Chocolate, Chocolate, and more Chocolate
Appearance: Dark brown/black, thin dark white head
Flavor: The chocolate dominates this well balanced porter, slight underlying earthy tones
Palate: Smooth, drinkable, medium body
Overall Impression: Pretty enjoyable beer. I enjoyed the balance of the sweetness (coco and coffee) with the porter hops.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JAN 6, 2009
Draught at the downtown location. Dark brown with a beige head. Sweet malt aroma with a bit of roast. Light smoky, burnt malt and thin coffee flavor, with more sweetness developing further in and a mildly bitter finish. The body was pretty thin, which is my main complaint; it just didn’t feel like a good porter.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3175) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2009
On tap at brewpub **Summary** - The last of the beers in the sampler tray this was also probably the best of the regular offerings here. If pressed I could order half price pints of this and be quite happy to spend an afternoon. **Aroma / Appearance** - Murky black, it exuded a light smokiness like you get the day after a bonfire. Meaty malts support the experience giving the whole thing the feel of a smokehouse. **Flavor / Palate** - Fluid at all times it washes smoothly over the tongue and throat. Along the way come smoke, chocolate, and black coffee. Very solid for a porter this is almost more like a stout.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (14703) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 10, 2008
Tasted more like a stout, smoky coffee and chocolate flavored, very full body, almost black in color, somewhat bitter finish. Fair.


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