TAR (2651) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft: Sticky frothed tan foam. Beautiful porter aroma of abundant hop character, caramel, cappuccino, cocoa, concord grape, light smoke, blackberry, and a hint of licorice. Soft and powdery palate. The wonderful flavors show huge roastiness, lots of coffee and cocoa, and a touch of charred malt. Finishes chewy and bitterly hoppy. A mild mannered, yet extremely impressive and tasteful rendition.