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RATINGS: 516   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
Shall one compare thee to a fair beer, Not even this perfect porter before thou will do thee justice. Thou art more complex, brave and cunning. Thou have changed more than a brew will ever. Thou may be lil’, but thy mind is greater than words can speak and beer will ever taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SoleLuvR (2) - Iowa, USA - SEP 30, 2013 does not count
The aroma is misleading. Even at 11.5%, the aroma led me to believe I was getting a Porter that was light on the parlet. This is strictly a desert brew. Strong in coffee, with more than a hint of cocoa (not chocolate). It is a fine beer at the price, but not one I could drink on a consistent basis, which I look for in all my libations.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dodgrblu (681) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 25, 2013
12 ounce bottle from Total Wine Sacramento, jet black, minimal head, huge smokiness, slight sweetness at the finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (6850) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2013
12 ounce bottle .. . Pours medium thick black .. . Mild foam .. . Lots of char, charcoal, and tar .. . Easy to drink, very tasty .. . . The B stands for bastard.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2013
June 2013 bottle into a goblet. Pours super deep brown, nearly black, with a deep brown head. Thick brown head. Big roasted aroma. Dark fresh espresso, chocolate, milk chocolate. Taste is bitter espresso, chocolate, dark roasted malt, stone fruits. Any hint of booze is covered by the deep roast flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Habanero (3272) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2013
Bottled. Pours pitch black with a small, lacing and brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee notes. Sweet flavor that ends up slightly bitter. Medium to full bodied, oily text. and soft carb. A great porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bamsen78 (4395) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2013
Draught @ Tørst, NYC. Pours cloudy very dark brown with creamy tan head. Dark aroma of caramel malt, toffee and roast. Sweet flavour of malt, caramel and alcohol with touches of coffee, chocolate and roast. Heavy finish of alcohol and caramel. Well-balanced and menorable. Good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5360) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Inky black pour, wit a thick, frothy, dark tan head - intense but balanced nose of cocoa, espresso, light vinous notes, even some berry-ish fruitiness (raspberries, cranberries) - smells like a decadent raspberry chocolate cake - low, soft carbonation - sweet, for sure,, but tempered by deep roastiness and a late acidity that makes it seem drier than it actually is - rich flavors of bittersweet chocolate - slick, oily mouthfeel - some vinous character, raspberry - some tobacco notes in the finish - intense but wonderfully balanced - awesome beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (8626) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Pour out of 12 oz bottle dark black pour with thin tan head, aroma brought notes of caramelized sugar, roast, some dark chocolate, coffee bean, slight anise, hints of oak, dark fruits as well. Taste is a nice mix of dark chocolate, lots of caramel, molasses, dark sugars, mix of dark fruits into some coffee bean, roast, slight bitterness, more sweet notes finishing dry. Tasty for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Black pour with a thin tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and molasses. Flavor is sweet and roasty with notes of coffee. Finish is a little warm from the abv but overall a pretty solid brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8602) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2013 Bottle dated June 10 2013. Inky chocolate and roast / roasted nut / nut oils, plenty of dark red and brown fruit / figs / plum. Nicely on the dry side compared to many 11% porter / stout. Wonderfully savory and rich, medium to high bitterness but thankfully malt-forward in the nose. Cleanly fermented and the lively natural carbonation (?) provides bitter, nearly salty, delectable fudge cake savoriness. Quality cocoa. Sugary and chewy but seemingly dry given carbonation and acid and bitterness. The carbonation is quickly effervesced and it becomes more chewy black cherries or bitter cranberries or maybe craisins. But I don’t judge it by its character when flattened . Lively fresh pours? Oh my.

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