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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Our Winter Porter is a dark, black ale brewed in the style of a robust American Porter. It is a balance of roasted malt flavor (from black and chocolate malts), hop bitterness and citrusy hop aroma (from Cascade hops). It is 5.2% alcohol by volume.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Draft at Brixx. Pitch black with zero head when delivered. Considering the lack of lacing, I assume there never was much head. I can barely find a hint of nuttiness on the nose. The flavor is nuts, coffee, and a TON of water. What flavor thatís there is good, but this is one hell of a watery porter that doesnít seem like the brewer finished. It goes down perfectly smooth, but so does water and Coors Light.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
performula (148) - Heart of the Rockies, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2007
The roasted chocolate flavors are there. The finish is malty and dry. Just a little on the weak side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - DEC 1, 2007
thanks to bakes for this brew> Pours dark, clear amber. Forms a small head that hangs around. good lacing. Smell is interesting. malty, and fizzy(?).Tate is good, malty, and a little hops. a touch of fizz in it. Solid brew, but not great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TURDFERGUSON (4002) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2007
Draught pint at Sammyís in Raleigh. Pour is dark brown with some ruby highlights and hardly any head. Nose is faint roasted malts, a little bit of hops. Flavor is slightly roasty and hoppy. Palate is thin and slightly watery. Easy drinking porter, but very average.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 22, 2007
12 oz bottle dated 11/01/06. Pours dark brown, but clear and somewhat translucent with a nice tan head that subsides to a thin cover. Aroma is mostly sweet roasted malt and maybe some dry hops but it is so underwhelming that Iím struggling to get anything from it. Flavor is again dominated by roasted malt, but balanced by some hop bitterness. Palate is thin with moderately low carbonation. Easy drinking but nothing special. I remember this being much better when it was released.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2008 Date: 11/05/1999
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, Duramn, NC, Winter

Appearance: dark brown, whispy tan head,
Aroma: slightly sweet roasted malt aroma,
Flavor: roasted flavor, touch of bitterness in the finish,
Overall: average
-------- /> Date: 03/15/2008
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting

Appearance: dark brown with ruby edges, fine tan head, drippy lace,
Aroma: dark chocolate aroma with a milky sweetness,
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, touch of dark caramel sweetness, lots of earthy bitterness bordering on astrengent,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.9/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jason (1686) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2007
Bottle. Thanks to Old Growth. Pours a deep black body with thin head. aroma is of roasted malt, nuttiness. Flavor is a big nutty, roasted malt, chocolate. A thinner body, smooth. Decent Porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2007
12oz bottle from surffisher! - thanks Vic! - Pours dark brown with a short offwhite head that fades back quick and leaves scant lace. Aromas of roasted malts, coffee, and some dark chocolate. Flavor is dominated by dark chocolate notes, but there is also a good roasty presence that balances it out. I got a little caramel as well and maybe a little molasses. Good carbonation and a soft mouthfeel. Not a bad porter..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5409) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 13, 2007
Bottle courtesy of OldGrowth. Bottled on 12/20/06. No ABV listed on this bottle. Deep, dark mahogany crimson mix. Faint light peers through this abyss. Foamy, frothy tan head. Sticky delicate lacing on the glass. Aroma is initially roasty and coffee-ish with soft hops and dark chocolate coming through as well. Taste is more roasted malts, thinned coffee, and bakerís chocolate. Lighter hops are present as well. Body is medium but thinner than hoped. Moderate carbonation on this. Finishes with a tad more bitterness, roasted malts, burnt caramel and coffee. Not bad at all!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (5939) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 4, 2007
From a bottle purchased at the brewery; Iíd also sampled on draft at the brewry. Dark reddish borwn with a thin, relatively quickly disappearing head. The aroma is awesome ... like a fresh brewed cup of espresso. That java is definitely in the first sample of flavor, too, but mellows as you go. Nice little bitterness to it, too. Think this is an underrated gem. (#2836, 5/4/2007)

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