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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.


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (10216) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2012
On tap at Hops and Pie poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of milk chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla and light earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, roastiness and light vanilla with a smooth dry lingering roasty finish.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (5655) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2014
Draft sampled at GABF 2014. Pours a deep body with thick lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate and coffee. Very rich and roasty nose. Mouthfeel is medium to full with notes of chocolate, espresso, roast, round malt and hints of vanilla. Nice porter overall.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (6089) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
"another enigma...huge aroma, full, robust, coffee and chocolate with a hint of hops at the end. roasted, balanced flavor...then no follow through. the body was a touch thin, especially after the magnitude of the aroma and flavor, but the lack of finish was a bit surprising. still a good porter, though."

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oscbert (1059) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Strong chocolaty coffee aroma with mild sweetness, some alcohol. Pours black with lasting brownish creamy head Roasty coffee chocolate flavor with bread an light caramel. Alcohol Medium full bodied with medium Co2, alcohol warmth. Enjoyable porter. I like the alcohol presence but seems like it might be overbearing after a pint. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackfrost9p (308) - California, USA - JUL 28, 2014
Loved it, especially with my new interest in porters. Strong coffee, chocolate and dark fruit flavors with a nice sweetness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Homer321 (2138) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Draft at brewery. Nose is coffee and dark chocolate with some sweet sugary notes. Taste is a harsh graininess that is borderline burnt coffee with a residual sugar sweetness to it. Interesting, but not one I would buy a pint of.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (3824) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Draft. Black pour with some tan head. Light roasted and chocolate aromas. Roasted chocolate, spice and anise flavors .

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11528) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Tap at the brewpub. Pour is very dark brown/black with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate and dark malt. Flavor is chocolate with some transient sweetness, and maybe a hint of coffee. Not to mention dark malt. Finishes a little chocolate bitter. Nice porter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7874) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Backlog from last summer. Pours with a deep brown hued body and a large tan head. Aromas are great. Saw dust, chalky, nutty, cocoa on the nose. Dark fruits, iodine, rich chocolate. Flavors are raisiny, malty, toasty, nutty, leather, light melanoidin. Medium low bitterness. Very dry finish despite the malt. Fuller carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
baraciisch (2016) - California, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Dark brown in color... Nutty aroma... Flavor is caramel, nutty malts, hints of chocolate, coffee... Kind of watery, but fairly easy to drink... Decent ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (9946) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2013
Tap at Capones Black Friday Bash, Norristown PA, 29/11/13. Light black with a moderate tan swirl. Nose is cocoa, roast malt, light metallic tinge, vanilla, faint lick’o’coffee. Taste comprises light roast, sweet tones, mineral bite, brown sugars, dark fruit rip, marzipan, earthy cocoa. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, sweet and drying conclusion. Decent enough porter.


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