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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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Rich ruby brown color. A very smooth porter with a dry coffee-like finish.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2011
Bottle on 01/15/2011 at the 13th Richmond Gathering. Clear copper body with a small tan head. Sweet caramel and toasty malt aroma. Big roast and chocolate flavor with some toasty malt. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3378) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2011
12 oz. bottle sampled at the brewery. Pours just about black with a light brown head. Pleasant aroma of roasted malt with a few notes of coffee and chocolate. The flavor is likewise roasted malt with just a bit of coffee and chocolate. Medium bodied. Very nice, solid porter.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmulv (336) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2011
Had at Tap NY. Benchwarmer? Itís better than that, maybe a fourth starter or a utility infielder that plays a few times a week. Taste is pretty smoky with the malts shining through. Itís not a very powerful beer, but the taste is solid and it goes down easy.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deyholla (6613) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 6, 2011
Bottle. Pours near black with a brown head that starts at the edges dissipates completely. Aroma is a combination of roasted malts, dark grains and a bit of a dry coffee note. Flavor begins with roasted malts and finishes with a dry coffee note but is a bit thin. Not bad, just middle of the road.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
probstblueribbon (2894) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2011
12 fl oz bottle from BOTW (Rochester), served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. 15AL11.

App.: Deep brown-black with a decent grey-tan head. Aroma: Quite bright and fruity, old apple juice, not good. Palate: Medium body, moderate effervescence, a touch astringent. Flav.: Earthy cardboard, old apple juice, some restrained dark malts, not good; dry with some bitterness and a kinda watery, vegetal, vague finish.

Not good. Drain pour.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10966) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 15, 2011
Bottle from Half Time. Pours very dark brown with a creamy/foamy beige/tan head. Aromas of chocotate and burnt malt. Med body. Flavor is quite bitter. That might be burnt malt, hop or coffee. Whichever itís dry and bitter in the finish.Chocolate notes persist throughout.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (9599) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Bottle at 13th Richmond Gathering, courtesy of MaltDawg. Pours clear dark brown with an average to large beige head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, chocolate, roasted, nutty), light hops (woody), and average esters (fruity) with notes of dates and leather. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, chocolate, roasted), light hops (earthy, woody), and average esters (fruity) with notes of smoke, prunes, and dates. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation, and low creaminess with a dry and biting finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
(Sample Date: 1/15/2011 Source:Other) Light graininess and chocolate malts. Clear dark amber brown with small white head. Earthy oxidized notes. Bottle may be a bit dated. Dry finish with some roast and moderate bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (8482) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
12 ounce bottle courtesy of MaltDawg at the 13th Richmond Gathering. Thanks! Pours a clear dark reddish brown. Large brown head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, smoke, a bit of a tart note. The taste is roasted malts, a milky note, tart fruity finish. Medium bodied. Decent. Maybe a bit past its prime.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pete4999 (1039) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2010
Bottle. Pours a nearly opaque dark brown. Smells definitely of coffee and chocolate. Heavy on the chocolate. Taste is similar, but itís not as heavy as a big stout. Easy to drink for the style. Enjoyable.


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