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RATINGS: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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Named for the ridiculous 4 foot dirt pile we had to put our brewery on to get us out of the FEMA-designated 100 year floodplain (no-one can remember this part of Spearfish ever flooding). This robust porter is black in color, is medium-bodied and has a rich, roasted malt flavor ending with a pleasing hop flavor and mild hop bitterness.
Abv 6.0% to 6.9%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (10446) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Can poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of coffee, roastiness, dark chocolate and light vanilla. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of roastiness, bakers cocoa, light earthiness and a hint of coffee with a crisp roasty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 3, 2011
Can at Craig’s. Pours a very dark brown colour with a lacy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, roasty malt and coffee. Beautiful oily mouth-feel with similar flavours. Moderate carbonation and CO2 prickle. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (15620) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 3, 2011
Can at home ... deep black ... big tan head ... light coffee malt nose... mellow malts ... soft toffee ... light coffee malt ... soft malt ... nice but not deep enough

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Can courtesy of Keith (thanks for the pile of dirt man) pouring up nice and dark with dark red hues mixing with darker mahogany and mocha like head. The aroma is pushing out plenty of notes of dark roasted malts, burnt malts and a touch of cherry like esters. The taste is mostly roasty malts and a nice load of dark roasty to burnt malts and a bit of chocolate malts. Yummy stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (5273) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2011
Bottle courtesy of Travlr, thank you! Poured a dark, black color with a dark brown head. Aroma is rich caramel notes, touch of honey and chocolate notes. Flavor is chocolate, with roasted and sweet caramel notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eugenecat (13) - Nebraska, USA - NOV 27, 2011
A bit thin-bodied for my preference, but the coffee and chocolate flavors are decent enough. Nothing exceptional but easily drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
badgerben (4534) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Skyview V, 11/11/11. Courtesy of BVery. Black color with no head. Chalky and charred aroma. Very light chalky flavor and mouthfeel. Watery body. The slightest hint of roast in the flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
GT2 (8949) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 20, 2011
355mL can thanks to Travlr. This is to complete my quest of rating a beer from every US state. Well, still waiting for a brewery to open in North Dakota. The pour, well, the can opening opening seems filled too high and there is little hiss. However, a lively clear brown pour it is with a large, cascading brown head. Nice speckled lacing. Nose is small seaweed/nori/umami character with molasses and caramel. Small smoke and raisins. Taste is at first is lighter than expected, refresh character, mild lemon juice and then morphs over a few seconds to lots of dirt, earth, and headache inducing flavors like iron, aluminum, chalk. Poor chalky, powdery palate. Feels quit thin and perhaps some odd higher alcohols causing an instant headache. Don’t worry Kevin, there is an extra can for you to enjoy ;)

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Danyel (1196) - Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Out of can. Pours very dark, beautiful appearance. Slight chocolate nose. Tastes like cold strong coffee- not much else. Not the most exciting beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vikingguy (864) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Black as oil, little head. Sweet roasted malt aroma. Taste: Of course roasted malt...also notes of caramel, honey, vanilla & chocolate. Some rather mild balancing hops. Pretty thin for a porter but this increases its drinkablilty. This is a solid porter.

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