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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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It was upon my emergence from my craft that I realized I had traveled not to another place, but to another time. About me lumbered a number of stout men, burdened by heavy loads. Finding a sudden need to slake my thirst and steady my mind, I called out to one of these porters. He pointed to a tavern, inside of which I found this roasty, chocolaty, and supremely drinkable brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11248) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours dark brown with a creamy/foamy light tan head. Aroma is mostly chocolate. Near full bodied. Flavor is dark malt (smooth), chocolate, and something bitter that might be coffee. It finishes arguably dry, and coffee bitter. Not espresso, but coffee. It’s a good drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (10139) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2013 A dark brown ale with a thin brown head. In aroma, dark roasted chocolate malt with roasted coffee, floral hops, nice. In mouth, a smooth black ipa with light coffee notes, nice. Bottle at Mondiale 2013, May 31 2013.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daknole (9224) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Brown pour, light tan head. Very standard porter here, with an odd tart flavor. Roast, plums, milk chocolate, pumpernickel bread.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (9084) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2013
Tap at Gigantic, PDX, 22/05/13. Very dark mahogony brown with a thin beige head. Nose is roast malt, biscuit, dark toffee. Taste carries a good roast malt bite, molasses, a touch of chocolate. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, bitter roast in the finish. Solid enough porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8719) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2013
Mondiale 2013. A very good porter. Black with almost no head, yet a lace trail. A tasty hoppy porter, with good drinkability. One of my favourites over this fest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2013
2013-05-30. Black body, nice tan head. 3+ Dusty dry malt aroma, light roast. Flavour is similar. Dry dusty malt. Average bodied palate, modest carbonation. Decent but pretty average overall. Bottle at Mondial de la Biere 2013, Montreal

Demons run when a good man goes to war.
Night will fall and drown the sun when a good man goes to war.
Friendship dies and true love lies.
Night will fall and the dark will rise when a good man goes to war.
Demons run but count the cost; the battle’s won but the child is lost.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (6696) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 18, 2013
On tap at the Alibi Room for the 400th beer list event, pours a deep dark amber brown win a small beige head. Aroma is very stereotypical of a porter, with light roasted malt, dry malts. Flavour of dry roasted malts, toasted malts, and dry cocoa. Awesome dry palate, with a full body for a porter. Great stuff!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle:   Deep brown, cola hued, moderate frothy khaki head, nice lacing.   Pale roasted malts, a little musty, not all that hoppy.   Seems somewhat dull or light.   On the tongue its a bit dry, pale roast, a little bit of dark pitted fruit and chocolate, but a lot of dirty mustiness.   Literally no hop, no bitterness, so its a little puzzling.   Its like this beer is 2 years old or something.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Finishes with slight ash, very pale roasted malts, not all that sweet, and a bit thin by this time.   Its very light and pedestrian, which is weird for Gigantic.   Perhaps a re-rate is in order.   Nothing really off about this, other than its so light and lacks any bitterness or even rich roasty maltiness.   Just a snoozer of a beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6166) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2013
22. Pours black with a scant tannish head. Some drippy lace. Big roasty, slightly sweet nose. Creamy medium body with light carb. Intense roasty flavors, some sweet chocolate notes, nice caramel undertones. Flavors really pop even from a cold bottle. Good porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6134) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2013
Voluminous beige head resides above the clear coffee brown. Roast-forward, nutty, chocolatey, fairly creamy porter with soft carbonation caressing the palate as ashey blackberry fruitiness evolve toward a earthy, roasty bitterness. Inviting texture, airy and very smooth, never biting the tongue whilst adding a dryness contrasting with the chocolate milk shake gentle sweetness. Easy to drink and certainly well brewed, but not standing out particularly. That’s not a bad thing, but it makes it harder to score high on ratebeer and I’m therefore a bit surprised to see other scores so high.

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