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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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A very drinkable session Porter, French Broad’s oh-so-quaffable interpretation of this classic English ale. On draft! In bottles! Everywhere!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
OldGrowth (2670) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 17, 2011
bottle from Beer Dispensery in Apex. 6/14/11. Ok aroma, sweet. Chocolate, caramel, little vineous, maybe tad oxidized. Dark orangy brown color, ok head, little to no lace. Bitter sweet flavor. Medium body, creamy oily mouthfeel, mild bittersweet finish. Alright, will revisit.....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
coolpop (1395) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Bomber. Pours black with a huge gushing dark tan head. Aroma and flavor are heavy with milk chocolate with some coffee and raisins. Slightly smoky; rather sweet. Some roast malt; minimal hop presence. Thin palate. Strikes me more as almost a dunkel than a porter. Not terribly English, which would nothave added chocolate and would have some more balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2011
Keg at the World Beer Festival Columbia Brewers Party on 01/21/2011. Dark brown body with ruby highights. Sweet roast, chocolate and light vanilla aroma. Sweer chocolate, light roast, and faint vanilla flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (3773) - - JUL 5, 2011
bottle. almost black with a small tan head. strong coffee, milk chocolate and toasted malt nose. flavors of toasted malt, burnt bread, milk chocolate and creamed coffee. medium body and moderate dry finish. a little chalky. a fantastic porter! one of french broads best!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 5, 2011
22oz bottle, thanks wilkie. Medium beige head, cola dark-brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, roast/coffee, some cocoa, light earthy. Taste is moderately sweet, roast, some coffee, bittersweet chocolate. Medium body, light acidity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nearbeer (3735) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 2, 2011
22 oz. Deep chocolate color with a lasting quarter inch of creamy foam. Aromas of coffee, cocoa, caramel with hints of oats and berries. Flavor is more up front with the sour cream and tart berry, but the roasty chocolate, char and coffee come on strong to provide an exquisite balance. Medium body is silky smooth, has a nice dry-roast finish, and goes down very easy. One of the best porters I’ve ever tasted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2011
22oz bottle-pours a tan head and black color. Aroma is dark malt-cocoa powder. Taste is sweet dark malt-cocoa powder, some hops bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (16719) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 13, 2011
Draft @ Taco Mac Sandy Spring, GA. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty chocoalte aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and coffee flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPAsavedMYlife (345) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2011
Lots of milk chocolate on the nose, with roasted barley notes. Good amount of carbonation. Head is slightly brown in color and very even. Drinking in a Guinness glass it looks quite similar but not as creamy. Lots of roasted flavor in this one, chocolate, coffee notes. Light mouthfeel. Aftertaste is bitter with some hop characteristic. Nicely made beer, rather thin on the palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (2985) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2011
22 oz bottle
A relative bargain at $3.99 this still did not manage to live up to my expectations. Perhaps French Broad is one of those breweries that creates beers which are "good enough" without putting more effort or maybe my bottle was just an exception. Either way as it is not something that I can readily pick up in Ohio I won’t be seeking it out unless I happen to be a road trip somewhere it is distributed.

Aroma / Appearance - The flat lifeless pour was devoid of energy like a factory worker coming from a double shift. There may have been some carbonation but it was rather hard to tell through the murky body. Charcoal soaked in black coffee makes it retain the odor of a cup purchased at the local gas station (or McDonalds) and then left to cool overnight in the car. It has some character but mostly just leaves you scratching your head wondering where the rest of the experience is.

Flavor / Palate - Iced black coffee was no shock. A milky touch at the end was unexpected and livened things a bit. As a baseline porter this does the job well enough to be drinkable but not so much that I couldn’t think of any other number of alternatives that would just as good or better. If you’re trying to cut the beer budget locals / regionals like this might be an option. If you want truly great beer spend a bit more and get something better.

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