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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
Formerly known as Party Porter

As a style porters arenít the biggest name in beer (not really close though they should be) but this brew is a big contender among culinary journalists, reviewers, and beer geeks. Itís got a big dark bouquet of chocolate, coffee and caramel and has a smooth finish. A Powerhouse of a Porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2012
Some unfamiliar fragrances for a porter here with raspberry coming through quite a bit. Unfamiliar flavors, too. Gone are the chocolate and coffee you might expect, replaced with nutty malt, raspberry, pretzels, wood, and an extremely dry and chalky finish. The grassy hops are quite aggressive for a porter, too. Very different. Give it a try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BiddleBrau (1168) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2012
from BOTM club. Pours dark brown, hint of light comes through. gassy tan head. Rich malty nose hints of cocoa. Flavor starts tasty of cocoa but quickly turns harsh. Carbonation and harsh green hop flavor overwhelms malt flavor. Started off with promise but falls short.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2012
Weak roasted chocolate malt body. Light coffee bean notes. Some milky sweetness with chocolate and grass. Dry and a little chalky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mikem409 (1986) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2012
bottle thanks atom. pours a deep black with big tan head. aroma of chocolate and nuts. medium body little on the hoppy side also little ashy

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
matthewjk (1073) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Came along via Beer of the Month Club - 12oz bottle into bottle. This thing lacked the robust characteristics that I was hoping for. Bit thin. Iím bypassing this in the future.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
billb (245) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Pretty true to the style but without significance. I may have had it too cold, but the aroma was weak and the palate was exceptionally smooth for the style. Not much up front, but nice hints on the back. Roasty and chocolatey with hints of alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Atom (2170) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2011
12oz bottle courtesy of GT2. Pours a dark brown/cola with ruby highlights and a thin khaki head. Aroma is predominately cocoa powder, raisin, and dark malts. Taste similar to aroma with some coffee and burnt earthy flavors on the finish. Not bad, not exciting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 26, 2011
12 oz bottle shared by GT2: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Has a lightly sweet toasty dark caramel and nutty nose with a touch of diacetyl. Starts with decent fullness and toasty dark maltiness with a touch of burnt popcorn and dark chocolate before a drier bittersweet finish. An average porter at best. Could use a little more body and complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (21679) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Bottle courtesy of GT2, thanks! Another country rate, this time from Oklahoma. Clear maroon brown, small tan head. Aroma of boozy chocolate syrup. Taste is light cocoa powder and american coffee. The style actually blends well with the dark but light bodied African beers we had earlier in the tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 28, 2011
12oz bottle, thanks GT2. Small tan head atop cola black body. Aroma is medium sweet, roast, some bittersweet chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, milk chocolate, some roast, light earthy. Soft light-medium body.

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