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Free State Thomas Paine Porter

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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
This ale gets it’s name from one of the fathers of the American Revolution. Paine’s pro-independence pamphlet, Common Sense, sold over 100,000 copies amongst the two million free inhabitants of the British colonies within months of its release in January of 1776. Common Sense presented the American colonists with an argument for independence from British rule at a time when the question of independence was still undecided. Paine wrote and reasoned in a style that common people understood; forgoing the philosophy and Latin references used by Enlightenment era writers, Paine structured Common Sense like a sermon and relied on Biblical references to make his case to the people. He once said, in reference to the government’s unjust taxation of its citizens, "The tax upon beer brewed for sale does not affect the aristocracy... It falls only on those who ... must purchase it in small quantities." Thomas Paine was a bold man of the people. Thomas Paine Porter is a full bodied, Robust Porter, that has a hint of sweetness in the palette offset by dark-malt roast qualities and a subtle hop bitterness provided by Perle, Northern Brewer, and Amarillo hops. True to the spirit of Thomas Paine, this beer is balanced, with no one quality overshadowing the other. Fine British malt and American hops meld together in this classic Porter. 12.9ºP/1.052 Hops – 30 IBUs

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Not sure how I never rated this, more likely that it wasn’t entered into the computer. Roasty, dark fruits, some toffee or caramel. Taste is roasty, chocolatey, a little tart with a finish of bright hops. Well attenuated with a clean, easy finish and a little lingering dark chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
juiceisloose (1318) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Growler courtesy beerlando. Pours a dark brown color with a small, tan colored head that leaves spots of lacing behind. The nose shows notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and toasted caramel. Earthy hops add bitterness to balance out the sweetness. The flavor follows with the chocolate and coffee roast to go with the caramel, and earthy hops. A touch of smoke adds depth to the profile. Medium bodied and smooth with balanced carbonation and sweet, roasty finish. Pretty decent little porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kosko20 (352) - Bemidji, Minnesota, USA - JUN 4, 2009
Free State does better with darker ales...Roasted malts of coffee, chocolate and caramel aroma. Flavor is a nice bittersweet. Creamy mouthfeel...good brew, would like more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drjay44 (3433) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Draft at the brewery. Pours a dark mocha head, over a clear dark bblackish brown (SRM 25) body......nose heavy of roasted malts, with coffee and cocoa dominating.....tast is also coffee, cocoa, bitter finish, dry throughout......mouth feel is light and slightly watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (10642) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2009
Growler... Dark caramel-colored ale with a small, frothy, khaki head. Decent retention. The aroma is textbook porter - chocolate, espresso and caramel. Medium-bodied with modest carbonation. The flavor is chocolaty and caramelized with earthy, minerally hop bitterness. A touch thin. Finishes toasty and moderately bitter. I wish I could remember who passed this one around.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
sebletitje (9348) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 20, 2009
growler. Pours brown with light thin off white head. Aroma of roasted malts, and was rather poor and watery. Taste, roasted malts, weak finish, almost too watery, crisp, light caramel and grains, light touch of coffee with light hints of chocolate. Not horrible but just one dimensional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (3587) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2010 Shaker pour @ the brewpub, thought I missed this beer, good to know the new website hides things. Pour has a strong brown head on top of a very dark brown (almost black) body, looks like good stuff. Aroma is roast-y, lightly prune, and your other basic porter elements. Taste is very ashy and a watery type of ash. Its otherwise plain, really they should have called this the Thomas Plain porter, frankly I still have no idea why they named it Thomas Paine, its not like 4th of July or anything, weird. 7/4/6/3/14

Re-rate, much better and fuller flavor than the first time around. Lots of body and chewy prune and roast. Thus, I like it a lot more. 7/3/8/3/15

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2009
Growler. Pours a dark mahogany color with chestnut highlights. A small, foamy, khaki colored head leaves spotty lacing behind. Classic porter notes of roasted chocolate and darkly toasted caramel are met with an earthy smokiness and traces of dark fruit. Mild coffee roast and earthen hops add balancing bitterness. Flavors follow suit, chocolaty and roasted, with caramel, dark coffee, and earthy hops. The smokiness keeps things interesting. Without it, this brew would be pretty mundane. Medium bodied, balanced, and smooth, the palate is unobjectionable. Pretty decent porter, but nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 17, 2009
Growler acquired via trade with mreusch...THANKS MATT!!! Love the chance that I was able to try stuff from this brewery!!! Mahogany pour with garnet/crimson edges and a small latte head that diminishes quickly. Aroma of cocoa, burnt caramel, and rich roasted coffee bean. Flavor follows but is a little weak compared to the nose. Thinner than most of the style. Not a bad brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rader58 (876) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAY 13, 2009
Deep, dark chocolate black pour. Strong coffee aroma. Strong burnt bitter coffee flavor with subtle hints of molasses, chocolate, and smoke. Finish is smooth and slightly dry.

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