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RATINGS: 304   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 42   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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An English-style Robust Porter – Dark Brown in color with a ruby hue – Chocolate and sweet toffee aroma – Firm unsweetened chocolate flavor with moderate notes of caramel and toffee, an herbal hop bitterness up front and a slight note of espresso in the finish.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Pours more dark brown rather than full on black with a creamy beige head. Smells of toffee, chocolate, and hard English water. Smooth and velvety texture. The flavor is loaded with charred oak, bitter chocolate, maybe even some roasted marshmallow. Hops really only show up in the aftertaste. More of an English take on the style and very tasty. The mineral/hard water flavor comes through a bit more as it warms. The finish becomes more bitter, as well. I like this quite a bit.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Served from nitro tap. Appearance was typical of nitro beers with a large fluffy head. Body was very dark brown, nearly opaque. Aroma of coffee, and roasted malt. A little bit of dark chocolate in there as well. I picked up some black licorice in the flavor along with tons of roast. Dark coffee and dark chocolate were present along with caramel. Everything was balanced nicely with no overly harsh bitter characteristics. Mouthfeel was quite watery which is probably due to the nitro. Overall, a really great porter and one I would like to try again either bottled or served on regular CO2.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bacterial (2811) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2012
Pour from bomber, thick tab head on top of dark, deep beer with a tinge of red when held up to a light. Nose is roasted chocolate with a touch of smoke to it. Taste is roasted malt with chocolate notes and then a nice hop and bitter finish that lingers. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5448) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 22, 2012
Pours mahogany-tinged black into an English pint. Tan micro head with good retention recedes to skim surface. Sweet caramel and chocolate aromas. Medium bodied with caramel and chocolate upfront turning to espresso in the lasting charred finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (14717) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with light tan head. Nose/taste of toasted black malt, toasted grains, burnt toast, espresso chips, mocha and vanilla. Dry burnt toast and toasted grain finish. Medium body.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 14, 2012
Bottle... Poured dark brown, near black with a light brown head. Nose had dark grains and hint of roast. Nice porter, cocoa, coffee, toasted grains and sugars with mild hop characters. A little drying and mild sweetness.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2012
Chocolate toffee aroma with a robust flavor and almost black appearance and satisfying mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (4096) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Bomber from Ross. Nose is chocolate, roast, and a hint of smoke. Black with a small tan head. Flavor is white pepperiness, chocolate, roast and hints of coffee.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maxwelldeux (4342) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - APR 27, 2012
Like you’d expect, this pours very dark and has a moderate head. It has a nice roasted smell to it, which is very inviting. Very good taste, with notes of coffee and unsweetened chocolate. Really good beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2012
Originally reviewed: 12/7/08. Had this at the Brewery itself with my dinner. This was in the "kettle" last month when I toured the brewery, so I thought I’d give it a try. Came out a dark jet-black with some ruby to the edges. Capped off by a pretty weak tan head that didn’t last long. Some decent lacing, but nothing spectacular. Smell was a little tamed down from my other Porter experiences. Some roasted cocoa, pecans, espresso; all there, just not strong. Great crisp mouthfeel that felt nice and slightly tingly in the mouth. Wonderful flavors of dark chocolate, roasted nuts, coffee, and some dark fruits wash over the palate. My wife doesn’t really like darker beers, but loved this one. Great warming brew to enjoy a colder evening with. Delicious. Recommend.


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