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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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A campfire in a glass, this robust beauty has seductive notes of vanilla, smoked cedar, and mulling spices on the nose.† A dark pour with mild lacing, she is a rollercoaster of lush chocolate and fig fruits diving into a semi-dry finish of truffle and cherry.


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2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
TAR (2495) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2012
Draught @ DBC: Eclipsed ruby. Nonuniform dirty-white head lives a short life. Husky malt (burnt popcorn) aromas with subtle notes of sassafras, cola, smoke, chocolate wafer cookie, hazelnut, raisin, tarry java. Foamy residue plagues the tongue as the seltzery carbonation fizzles. Airily roasty and intensely grainy with a profoundly dull and depthless "papery" roast character which is worsened by severely husky burnt malt. Cacao nibs contribute earthiness while a distant twinge of black licorice adds sweetness and a bit of cling. A fluttering raisiny fruitiness gently exudes alongside creamed coffee and wafer cookie, as well. Trace chocolate vibrancy comes and goes, though itís not nearly sturdy enough to withstand the body-hampering huskiness. Finishes lightly charred and everlastingly husky with a cottony flourish of roasty dryness timidly shadowed by smoke and cocoa. A very husky beer, which makes it undrinkable for me. And a rather insufferable mouthfeel to boot, as, once again in a DBC beer, the carbonation is extremely firm, pointy, and intrusive.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (1879) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 10, 2014
"There sure seamed to be a plethora of quality flavored porters on this trip and this one qualifies. Actually went there for this beer. Solid feel - not thin, fairly robust for the abv. Flavor and aroma very pleasant chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, dark fruits and a wisp of smoke. Well done."

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
That1Guy (1934) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Picked up a 12 oz can of this one. Sweet. Opaque brown/black with a tan head and decent lacing. Definite chocolate and vanilla on the nose, with a bit of roast and coffee. Light bodied, maybe a bit undercarbonated. Flavor is more chocolate and vanilla. No off-flavors to speak of, just pretty bland overall.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Danyel (743) - Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Can. Aroma is roasty, vanilla, no graham cracker... Taste is dry, bitter, smooth, medium carbonation. Overall, itís nothing impressive.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (5743) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Draft. Recommended by a local I met at another brewery, this was indeed a great beer. Black of course, and the graham aroma brought me back to my youth. The flavor is quite mocha-like. Sweet, an utterly rich dessert beer, exceptional in the narrow category. (#5640, 8/24/2014)

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vipinvelp (2187) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - AUG 20, 2014
Black beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, light smoke, vanilla, and chocolate. Taste is sweet with chocolate, light smoke, vanilla, caramel, and prune. However also quite bitter. (Houston 201408)

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6219) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Can. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate syrup, roasted grain), lightly hoppy (grapefruit), with a note of vanilla. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation. Simple and generic...vanilla-choco-roast, which almost every porter/stout has at a bare minimum...would love to find the advertised smoked cedar and maybe a touch of the mulling spices, but nope...just the usual suspects in this one. Pretty much the definition of average. Needs more finishing bitterness and a less syrupy body...itís not much fun to drink.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrodooo5 (1016) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Smells far better than it tastes! Accurate truffle aroma that pots brown w/ a thin head & moderate lacing. The body is pretty thin & the truffle taste hits towards the finish. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Baz1240 (6) - Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2014 does not count
Mild dark chocolate flavor up front with watered down Graham cracker flavor at finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bigbish (533) - California, USA - FEB 3, 2014
I did a tasting a few months back and just found my Score but not my notes... So here is my score, sorry about the notes.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (3753) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2014
On tap. Black in color with a decent sized beige head. Aroma is of roasted malts, light smoke, vanilla, and chocolate. Taste is sweet with chocolate, light smoke, vanilla, caramel, and prune.


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