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RATINGS: 1745   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   IBU: 37   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Complex, roasty aroma with a bittersweet, chocolate-coffee taste and a bold hop presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JK (5028) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2005
A complex beer and a good take on a style that is so often one dimensional. There are vinous characteristics in the aroma and taste. Aroma also has coffee and chocolate, as well as a roasted herbal flavor. Flavor is complex with milk, chocolate, coffee, and earth. Heavy on the palate. Italian spices in the aftertaste. This bottle was nearly a year past its "best by" date; it appears letting it sit for a while helped it along.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2005
Pours black with a thick tall tan head. Aroma is walnuts and coffee. Flavors of coffee and chocolate abound in this excellent porter. On the palate it is creamy and almost buttery. It melts in your mouth. Perfect thickness for a porter. It is crisp with some malty bitterness and absolutely delicious. A complex brew and one of my new favorites in the style. It is not quite Fullers but very close and much more local to me. I can’t wait to finish the 6 pack.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2005
Pours dark black with tall tan head. It looks like a root beer float and is just as smooth. Chocolate favor with hints of coffee. This is my new favorite porter

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wxman (1583) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2005
A soda fountain chocolate malt aroma with the slightest tinge of roasted coffee. A pale brown head that lingers and a color as dark as the watery grave of its namesake. Chocolate, coffee, and some toffee in the taste along with roasted malt bitterness. Clean, crisp and refreshing palate. An excellent porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 12, 2005
Pours deep deep brown with a light tan head. Aromas of roasted nuts, malt forward, a little vanilla, the infamous coffee note, and a hint of soy sauce. Flavors of the same as the aromas with a hint of bitterness, a light sourness, and a light sweetness. Very nice....Probably my new favorite porter...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2005
Chocolate aroma, some coffee hints as well. Flavor is big and bittersweet, although the sweetness starts to build up as time goes on. Slight berry and melon in the end, which goes well with the heavy, dark, roasted taste that coats your mouth as you sip. Mouthfel is thick and chewy, but nothing is dry or chalky, a good consistency all around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 6, 2005
Poured jet black with a large creamy light brown head. Aroma starts bitter and changes to sweet, chocolate, roast, and big coffee. Good lacing and retains a small head the entire way. Body is a little too thin. Oily mouthful. Unsweetened chocolate, coffee, and a great hop finish that leaves a sweet aftertaste. The malts become more prominant as this beer warms making it a whole lot more enjoyable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DougiePhiTau (99) - USA - MAR 31, 2005
A good porter has a stron malty aroma with a unsweetend choclate taste... i didn’t catch the coffee taste as described

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2005
bottle at Crane Alley in Urbana, IL. a great looking porter. deep, dark chocolate brown with a wonderful tan head. aromas and flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and some hops. the flavor that comes through the most though was the bittersweet chocolate. I really liked this porter, nice job Great Lakes!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bigsky66 (148) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2005
Smells roasty and nutty. Chocolate, coffee and ugli fruit. Very good aftertaste with a medium bitterness and hops. Good breakfast beer, if you don’t have to work of course. Strong coffee also at the end.

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