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Copper Crow Chocolate Thunder



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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 16, 2008
ottle courtesy of JB175. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of tarte fruit and some sweet malt. Tastes of chocolate with a tarte finish. Average.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (6135) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2004
UPDATED: APR 3, 2006 Poured an opaque black color with crimson hints around the edges, with a tan head and spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of smoke, chocolate and roast. Taste was lightly sweet, with chocolate and fudge, roast, and finished dry and smokey. The mouthfeel was thinner than I had expected, after having the Double Porter earlier this year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2008
In short: A somewhat dry cacao/chocolate stout/porter. Nothing special
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Black body topped by a small tan head
In long: Chocolate is obviously the dominant aroma and flavour. However this beer doesn’t have that big black chocolate bar sensation. Instead it is more like floury cacao. The feel really burnt so the beer seem floury and grainy which gives it a dryness sensation. Notes of vanilla and some molasses. Kind of crisp for the style. Almost no fruity flavours. Overall this is a decent offering but it’s only average for the style. Overrated and far inferior from their Belgian Ales I had there. Looking at the numbers it seems like this is the brewpub flagship beer, in case you’re looking for Admiral Lafayette.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Boutip (5950) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2011
Bottle: Poured a dark porter with a super huge medium brown foamy head with super great retention and lacing – almost to the point where I am wondering if something is wrong. Aroma of sour roasted malt is not very enticing and smells like an infection. Taste is way too sour or style. Unfortunately this one is infected and I will have to re-rate at some point in time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5912) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2006
On tap, Kennett Square Brewfest 2006. Pours a deep black colored body with a foamy brown head, light lacing. Aroma is lots of chocolate malt, light roast, coffee, and some light bitterness. Flavor is quite roasty with lesser chocolate malt than I expected from the aroma. A good bit of coffee and anise as well. Light bitterness emerges on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of fizzy carbonation. Overall, this was a decent Porter but I thought that it was a little bit on the thinner sdie.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 11, 2007
Growler obtained from the brewery on 10/3/06 and consumed on 12/2/06 (kept in fridge)
Correct filling and handling of the growler leads to a large light-tan head that cascades up from the black chocolate body. Mostly well-retained, leaving spotty lacing on the glass. Medium to medium-high clarity with plenty of carbonation.
Some light ashiness overlays the aroma, at first, well-burnt and roasty, but sweet chocolate notes go to work on softening things. A touch of lactic notes, with some graham crackers, light coffee and even some green, juicy, fruity hops with a bit of citrus to them. Warming allows chocolate to really come on strong, though it never seems too sweet or dominant. Great balance between the roasted/chocolate notes and the base/crystal malts. Very aromatic. Chocolate is not deeply milky or fudgey, but more tempered by the roast leading to a medium sweet cocoa feel. No alcohol or flaws noted.
Sweet vanilla and marshmallow flavors abound at first, as the pale/crystal malts contend with the darker malts. A hint of coffee is noted, though it’s got some lactic and bitter notes to it. The dark malts eventually dry things out and a mix of roast and chocolate sits pleasantly on the finish. Not the most complex example I’ve had, but just incredibly balanced. Usually chocolate porters are either way too sweet and syrupy without any assertive/drying roast, or they’re way too far the other direction from overuse of dark malts. This one really nails it and is a pleasure to drink. Split the growler with a friend and it was gone in no time. Looser carbonation (as expected) but I had it on tap fresh at the brewery and it was perfectly fine and engaging.
Sticky, but decidedly not syrupy texture. Supple maltiness and very drinkable. Not overdone in any category.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (5635) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep dark brownish black with a small bubbly biege head that quickly fades. Aroma of bitter chocolate, freeze dried coffee beans, and perhaps some cola mixed in there as well. Medium bodied that starts off watery but then finishes chalky, average carbonation. Flavor is more complex then the aroma lets on with notes of bittersweet bakers chocolate, instant coffee, nutts, figs and toast. The aftertaste on this beer lingers and is very pleasant. Solid beer and if they can pump up the body a little bit I would find it much more enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2008
Sampled out of BrianK’s Glass. A dark beer with a thin tan head. A bit of chocolate bakers style, no real etoh or hops to note. Crisp and dry, a bit grainy maybe the malt. Enjoyable with notes of vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (5256) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2008
bottle thanks to Bman113VR. black pour with a thin cream head. huge chocolate/roasted malt scent. very thick roasted malts with chocolate in the flavor. not too thick on the palate and an easy finish. very nice brew here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2006
Sampled at the bar. This is a kick-ass robust porter. I think they had this under the name chocolate thunder porter or something like that. Pours a rich black with ruby highlights and a nice lasting thick creamy beige head. Aroma is loaded with sweet chocolate malts upfront, some light roast, lightly hoppy and a drier light bitter finish. Very smooth overall.

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