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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Nitro Porter with roasted and smoked malt aromatics, dark chocolate flavor, and medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2011
[Tap] Part of a sampler at GI-Clybourn in early September. Pours an opaque dark shade of brown with a lasting nitrogen head. Smoky peat and roasted malt nose is OK, but pretty weak. Chocolate, roasted coffee notes, charred grains and dry anise notes in the taste. Lingering smoke in the finish. A decent beer, but not much to write home about.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2011
On tap at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours a murky brownish black pour, nitro like frothy tannish head sits atop, dies to a film and laces ok. Darker ominous hue but not black necessarily. Aromas are a healthy dose of cocoa and smoke mushed together, roasted malts, cherrywood smoked malts, touches of coffee, ash, toffee, and biscuits. Some toast. Cherrywood is pretty distinct. Initial is medium bodied offering a healthy cherrywood smoke, cocoa, a creamy body with roast, toast, toffee, biscuits. Not all that sweet, instead meshing a healthy cocoa and smoked Cherrywood feel with a creamy body. Backend shows a nice balance of flavors, a synergy between cocoa, cream, and smoked malts with that distinct flavor. I actually really dig this and how it works together. Smokey, some coffee, cocoa, cremay lighter fluffy body, and some silky flavors that really work on the palate. Really really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Nitro Draft at GI Clybourn. Didn’t realize this was smoked until I ordered it. Pours deep brown black with a dark tan head. Nose is rich, some smokey phenols at first and then sulfury molasses and char. Pretty burly beer. Some cocoa shows its face as well. On tasting, more of the cocoa & light smokiness. medium to full bodied. Lots of black malt character in this one giving up an acrid note that is balanced by yeasty esters. Pretty solid beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2011
nitro at Clybourn... black body at first glance but a dark mahogany sheen in the light, thick tan head, good lace... the nose is boring, a bit of roast with a kick... the taste has as much roast, if not more but the back it presents too charred despite a super smooth finish, a long lingering aftertaste... can’t put my finger on this but just doesn’t come together or impress

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zebra (1802) - Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2011
@ clybourn. i don’t think i’ve ever had anything both nitro + on cask before. interesting, and tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drdisque (763) - Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2011
On tap at Clybourn Brewpub. Pours deep brown. Aroma is of roasted malt almost entirely. Flavor is mostly the same with significant chocolate and toffee notes. Fairly sweet. Needs more spice to be interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3919) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Draft, pours black with of white head. Nose of dark chocolate and roasty coffee. Flavor is raisiny, milk and dark chocolate notes, med body, good porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2011
On tap at the clybourn location. Taster sized pour... Deep somewhat dense and creamy black elixir with less darkened edges and topped with a medium frothy light beige head that lingers on for a bit... Aroma has a big cocoa roast component upfront while exhibiting a dark fruit essence very late. More roast than smoke from what the description suggests... Smooth creamy and easy going with cocoa, chocolate, and to a larger degree, roast. Nitro pour offers up a nice creaminess with a lighter bodied profile. Solid, yet standard offering.

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