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RATINGS: 266   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.


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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a very dark ruby color. The head is a fluffy, creamy two-finger mocha shade. It has a soft texture, nice retention, and leaves behind plenty of splotchy lacing on the glass. S: There’s a good deal going on in the nose. Milk chocolate seems to be the dominant note, while both cream and coffee do a good job of underlying it. I also seem to pick up something suggesting citrusy as well. Citrusy hops don’t always work in a porter, but they do here. Everything seems to be well integrated. T: I don’t pick up much of the chocolate or cream I did on the nose. Rather, the most prevalent flavor is coffee - and lots of it. When done right in a porter/stout, piny hop bitterness can make the beer generally resemble espresso, and it does here. Post-swallow, there’s less of a coffee flavor and more of a general hoppy note. Very vague suggestions of fruit esters seem to hang around here and there. Hoppy porters are never my favorite style, but this one seems to work quite well considering. M: There isn’t much heft on the palate; since this is more sweet than bitter, this lightness is welcome. It’s also bone dry and strongly carbonated; naturally, this is very easy to drink. O: A decent - if not amazing - robust porter, the hops here work better than some others in the style. Still, I wish some more of the malt character came through.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
My Bottom Line:
This roasty and chocolatey Porter shares savory malts in a chewy body leading to balancing malt and hop bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the blackened dark brown.
-Malt flavors are particularly well developed in this one.
-Roasted chicory aromas are found in there as well.
-This is a very good textbook example.

On tap at the brewpub.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gopherfan99 (598) - CROATIA - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle (trade with non rate beer member); pours a dark brown with a tan head; aroma is chocolate, malt, with hints of coffee; taste starts with the chocolate and roasted malt and then has a bitter coffee finish; nice porter

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kyle77 (9) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 25, 2014 does not count
From rate: 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. Liked the chocolate & toffee. Had a bitter sweet finish that I didn't care for. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
miyauchi38 (353) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2014
ポーター 甘い、苦い 甘

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christpuncher (1389) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2014
An easy to drink very light porter. Slightly smokey and chocolately. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Had at Blackfin in Charlotte. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8912) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle from supermarket in Ashland. Damb good porter, thick and coffee and chocolate. Bitter finish. Great drinkability.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5077) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2014
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with faint orange highlights and a large creamy beige head that left a bit of lacing. The aroma was dry, roasty and woody. The flavor was dry, roasty, woody, smoky and had notes of cola, vanilla and a hint of charcoal. Very long roasty wood and smoke finish. Medium body.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lukaduke (2362) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Pours a rich burnt umber color with three fingers of khaki foam that sticks nicely. Nose is soft roasted cocoa, deep earthy toffee notes and a hint of vanilla. Palate follows the nose with a nice roast level, some layered burnt earthy flavors midpalate that smooth out with some bittersweet bakers chocolate on the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (3113) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Roasty nutty aroma. Taste is a full flavor coffee cocoa and smokey nut taste. Good for an English style porter which I usually shy from. Very drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LuckyDog (363) - - OCT 21, 2014
Very nice roasted porter. Full bodied. Moderate bitterness. Almost smoky. Very drinkable.


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