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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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Sustenance to get you through those long, cold winters, the Donner Party Porter is another of FiftyFifty’s flagship beers. Reminiscent of dark chocolate, espresso, and dark dried fruits with a long complex finish, this beer is good for one of those nights where you’ve dug yourself into a snow bank because the ski trip didn’t go quite as planned. Deep brown with mahogany highlights, the hops and malt are very well balanced leaving one to contemplate the myriad of flavors as the beer warms. Moderate to slightly heavy, this beer is heaven in a glass.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighWine (954) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2011
CORRECTION. The porter and stout were mixed up on my sampler. This rating is for Totality Imperial Stout: Tap at the brewery. Dark brown pour with minimal carbonation. No detectable aroma which is bad. The flavor and palate, however, are very good. Vanilla bean cappuccino with an ever so subtle hop presence to keep it from being too sweet and toasty. Slippery in the mouth. Actually better when it warms.a.little. very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6592) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 17, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Pours black with a generous tan head and a coffee aroma. There is a hearty chocolate and coffee flavor with a sweetish treacle finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - JUL 15, 2010
Sampled at the brew house. Pours deep deep brown. Aroma is pretty sweet but also earthy. The mouthfeel is really nice and full bodied. Good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3561) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 9, 2010
On tap at City Beer in SF. Pours darkest brown with a one-finger light tan head sitting on top. Decent retention. Aroma is rather typical but has a good intensity to it. Roast, dark chocolate, and coffee, along with some slight dark fruit notes. Flavor is nicely balanced roasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate, and espresso. Nothing crazy, but good. Mild bitterness. Medium-plus bodied for the style and very smooth on the mouthfeel. Carbonation is fairly soft. Welp, I guess this settles it that FiftyFifty nails pretty much every stout/porter/etc they brew. Have to try Totality one of these days.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11113) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2010
on tap-pours a light brown head and black color. Aroma is rich dark malt-chocolate/molasses. Taste is rich dark malt-coffee/chocolate/molasses, than a bang of earthy hops bite. Occasional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2064) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 4, 2010
A really nice porter that was probably my favorite of the evening. A rich chocolate/roated malts aroma, a super balance of bitter roasted malts and sweet chocolate malts...a black body with a tan head. Seemed like a stout instead of a porter but whatever. Nice beer. Not sure naming a beer after a tragedy that was the Donner party was a good thing. Maybe it’s in their "honor".

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2009
(draft). Clear, dark brown color. Medium size tan head, which is mostly diminishing. Roasted coffee aroma and flavor. Avg duration. Smooth finish. Slick texture. Soft carbonation. Spare lacing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2009
From the Jug at the GABF Colorado Convention Center, Denver 09/10/2008 Roast aroma. Beige head. Black strong in alcohol hoppy and fruity with a little dryness in a crisp and bitter burnt roast finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larryLSB (436) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - AUG 17, 2009
Growler fill from the brewpub. Poured dark brown with medium light brown head. Nose of coffee, chocolate and malt, very nice. Taste was same, with a bit of sweetness and a hint of the hops. Overall very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 16, 2009
Poured very black, dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, caramel, little nutty.

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