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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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Courtesy Quake! Pours dark as midnight with a glorious dark tan head. Full on roasted aroma, with a coffee and, not surprisingly, chocolate coming to the fore front. Some interesting fig notes, ending with some sweet spices Flavor is more of the same. very roasted flavor, with a great espresso like finish. Flavor continues for quite some time. Awesome beer.

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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2008
Draft at brewpub. Poured a dark brown almost black with a medium sized creamy tan head. Aroma of sweet chocolate and roasted coffee. Tastes of rich chocolate, and roasted coffee, cream, vanilla. Smooth and very drinkable brew. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5365) - Spring Mount, 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4500) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 9, 2006
KSBF 2006. Pours a dark brown with a small creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, light coffee, some dark fruits and vanilla. Flavors of the same kind of has a very organic maltiness going on...enjoyed this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Courtesy Quake1028. Growler. Pours back as night, with a thick, foamy light brown head. Great looking. Smells of dense chocolate, some mild coffee, dark malts, and maybe even a touch of some mint in there. The flavor was sweet chocolate, some toasted malts, and light roast. The chocolate was definitely the main character, so appropriately named. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste. Carbonation seems to have held up pretty good. A little earthiness in there too that was unique. Very sticky mouthfeel, with a chocolate aftertaste. Very nice brew. Thanks for sharing John!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Pours an opaque black with dark brown edges and a thin, wispy-lacing light tan head. Aroma of roasted dark malts and some bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee complexity. Body starts with a somewhat thick, earthy dark caramel and chocolatey malty sweetness and good, rich bittersweet dark chocolate complexity. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

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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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
valpoaj (634) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - FEB 15, 2008
Growler courtesy of Ty5592 - Thanks! Caveat up front that this was probably filled almost two weeks before consumption (damn head cold), but there was enough carbonation left to keep it good. Pours a light black (yeah, sort of odd, but concur with another that says you can still see through it) with a thin tan head. Aroma heavy on roasted malts with lots of sweet coffee and chocolate mixed in...very pleasant. Flavor is very, very sweet chocolate with a lot of roasted coffee...not much bitterness in there. Very milky/buttery flavor as well. Malt flavors linger long after the drink, and this brew is nice and smooth without getting to the point of coating the palate. Very nice offering that I’m glad I had the chance to try and share with others.


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