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RATINGS: 286   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmongoose (1664) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 25, 2012
on draft at wwbf asheville. poured out a dark brown. the intense aroma of chocolate and sweet caramel/toffee and coffee. the first little sip was very good the flavors blended very well together with the coffee kick this is a great porter. the roasted malts and coffee mixing with that chocolate flavor this is a go to porter. great job.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2012
Bomber courtesy of kubrick215. Thanks again man! Pours a dark chestnut brown color with ruby red edges and a two finger beige head that very slowly settles into a lasting cap. The glass is left coated with streaks and chunks of lace. Slightly smokey, roasted aroma that has a nice balance of subtle earthy hops and sweeter malt notes. Hints of chocolate, caramel, toffee and toast along with a touch of floral, piney hops. Medium bodied but a bit thinner than expected with a good balance of roasted, sweet and bitter flavors. There’s a decent amount of roasted malt that gives off a subtle smoke character but it never feels burnt or overpowering. Hints of bitter dark chocolate, toast, caramel and oatmeal dominate the flavor before finishing with a lingering hop bitterness. Surprisingly hoppy for the style with more dry bitterness than I prefer. This element takes away from the more pleasant malt flavors and unfortunately begins to dominate things as I work my way through the bottle.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (4029) - Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Rich aroma has burnt wood, unsweet chocolate and quality coffee notes with undertones of molasses and licorice. Got my mouth watering! It pours an opaque dark-chocolate brown with a thick, fluffy and rather persistent light tan head. Delicious flavor lives up to the aroma, having roast coffee, chocolate, molasses and licorice tones plus a hint of caramel and a bitter hoppy undertone that actually helps round out the flavor rather than detract from it. Texture is the beer’s weakest point - body is on the thin side, it seems, for a porter, and there is just a little fizz.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
xs2500 (186) - Mississippi, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Had on draft, came a rich dark amber color with a thick fence mocha colored head. Flavor rich and smokey, toffee is prevalent. Fairly sweet.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3568) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Bomber sent as a surprise gift from Durhambeer, right on Bob!
Pours a very dark brown, basically black. The head is very tight and large leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

This aroma on this one reminds me of why I like porter so much, the first whiff is sort of ashy & burnt smelling in an off putting way... but keep your nose in there and it all just sort of evens it’s self out with the fruity hoppiness, the coffee, & the cocoa aromas abound... I’ve noticed that a lot of great porters have this sort of olfactory sensation... If I knew more about brewing perhaps I could pin it down. This beer has a mildly sweet note in the nose that is inviting to say the least.

The flavor is particularly robust, this sort of pins down the "robust porter" style in a way that I never really could with words. The bitterness is certainly out front and that sweetness we got in the aroma has all but vanished leaving a fairly dry and bitter beer with a flavor akin to bitter dark chocolate. There is some coffee flavor here, it’s kind of a "I left this coffee in the french press overnight but I’ll drink it cold in the morning because I want a caffeine buzz" sort of coffee flavor, but in a good way. There is a nice depth of roasty maltiness to this beer but it’s not without a nice dosing of hops, particularly of the lightly spicy & the fruit forward persuasion, they’re not dominant but the beer would most certainly be lost without them.

A porter like this truly satisfies.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
spilledpint (349) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Bomber from Weaver Street Market, Southern Village, Chapel Hill, NC Ar: Big coffee and chocolate flavors on the nose. Very inviting aroma. Ap: Pours a deep dark brown with a slight ruby hue when held to the light. 1" frothy cinnamon head leaves great lace and sticks around for some time. T: Flavors follow suit of the aroma. Touch of toffee. Lots of good bitter chocolate and the finish is freshly brewed coffee. Amply hopped finish. P: Medium-thick body. Moderately carbonated. O: Favorite of Foothills’ offerings, this is a very good, straightforward porter.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rustyham (1799) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2011
Great big frothy head that leaves lots of streaks on the glass. Flavor is full, dry roasty. Smoky, like cigars. Malt is light in body, but not flavor. Really dry Mouthfeel, but long aftertaste. Growler from midtown.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
leeconnelly (4) - isle of palms, South Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2011 does not count
Very nice. One of my favorite porters I have tasted in a while. Was excited when i first tasted it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2011
On tap in my garage. Rich, near black color with a tan head that stays forever. Bitter coffee and black licorice flavors slide into a short, sharp finish of toast crust. A nice cool weather session brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernesto987 (4625) - Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2011
On draft at the brewpub. Big roasty, big chocolate flavors. Semi sweet chocolate. Awesome brew.


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