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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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The quintessential General Lafayette Inn brew, we carry on the tradition at the Crow of producing this rich, flavorful dark ale. Call it a Porter, call it a Stout, we call it delicious. Chocolate, coffee, and roasted flavors blend with an uncanny drinkability in this local legend.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Pours dark, but light can pass through. Flavor is very smooth with a nice malty, chocolate edge. Robust, but not over done at all. Feel has a good carbonation and the liquid is nice too. Extremely easy to drink. They say no chocolate bars were harmed in the making of his beer? Bah! Lies! All lies!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2008
Pours an oily looking, opague black body with a nice tarker tan head. The aroma is milk chocolate and a good bit of creamy coffee, vanilla, and dry oak. The flavor is mostlty a creamy semi-sweet/bitter chocolate with a big roasted malt finish with some underlying pretzal dough notes.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiddleBrau (938) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2009
On cask at GL. Black as coffee with dense tan head. Rich and roasty aroma. This is a creamy and rich brew, thick. Chocolate cocoa, slightly sweet flavor with presence of alcohol. A very comforting beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Appears pitch black with a creamy, dark tan head that slowly fades out in the 10 oz glass. The mild cap continues to float atop the black brew during the entire duration of the drink. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around. Smell is of fudge brownies with mild roastiness and some coffee beans that have been sitting in a dish of caramel and cream. There is also a black grape and boozy aroma coming from the brew when swirled making for a wonderfully, aromatic porter that I could smell for hours. Taste is of the same mentioned aromas highlighted by the mix of creamy caramel, cocoa fudge, and roasted nuts. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, silky smooth despite the roasty qualities, rich, fruity, and carbonated nicely. This is definitely the little brother of the Double Thunder and this should be considered one of the better porters available in the U.S. I would put this up against the Ed Fitzgerald by Great Lakes any day.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nolankowal (931) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2007
CT7 Growler shared by moejuck. Black pour with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate. Flavors of dry chocolate and coffee. Medium thick body with a soft carbonation and a bittersweet finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JAN 14, 2008
Head is a dense chocolate milk color with fuzzy thick bubbles providing a solid head that quickly disappears to a slight ring around the edge of the glass. Aroma is dark red fruit and cocoa, some sweet chocolate develops as a product of the mingling of fruit and cocoa. Taste is mildly bitter cocoa powder and touches of smoke; some notes of alcohol and carbonation. I do not get a lot of complexity out of the taste, but it tastes pretty damn good regardless. Palate is slightly fizzy with a touch of sharpness, and a dull bitterness that stings the tongue for only a second before coating my tongue with a slightly cloying chocolate finish. Solid.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2008
Bottle served in an English pint glass. Very dark brown topped by a small but lasting tan head. Smells of chocolate cake, plums, earth, and coffee. Tastes of coffee, cocoa, caramel. Finishes dry with an earthy bitterness, a slight alcohol burn, and a touch of lactic sourness. Very tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Very smooth chocolate and some nice roasted malt dominated the aroma.Pours black with a medium tan head.Flavor was dominated by roasted malt and chocolate.Medium mouthfeel with a big chocolate finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Pours black with little head. Notes of chocolate in the aroma. Sweet, chocolate and roasted flavor. Light and smooth going down.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmm635 (860) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Perhaps a higher rating because I’ve just sampled the rest of General Lafayette’s weak line-up.... Poured a deep brown with a thin tan head. Nice roasty aroma with a good bit of chocolate and coffee. Sort of sour flavor, which was weird. Too much carbonation, almost like soda. Definitely the best General Lafayette has to offer, but that’s really not saying much.


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