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RATINGS: 1780   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   IBU: 37   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Complex, roasty aroma with a bittersweet, chocolate-coffee taste and a bold hop presence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2388) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2005
GTM. Wonderful, milk chocolate, lactose aroma. Dark, almost brownish black. Tan head. Lots of flavor. Lively carbonation on the tongue. Rich, roasted malt. Really nice and flavorful. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2007 Feb 11th 2007 re-rate bottle courtesy of OhioDad. <P> Aroma is sweet malt, chocolate, mild coffee, cocoa, mocha latee and roasted components. It smells good but it seems held back. Just doesn’t open up all the way. The body is dark brown to black with a slowly diminishing thumb thick tan head. <P> Fore is smooth and creamy with ample chocolate notes, but more coffee and roast than I recall from past samples. Gets slightly watery though the middle, but ends quite robust and roasty with coffee acidity and bitterness and a hint of Anchor Porter-like molasses and brown sugar. Definitely a better beer than I remember. Perhaps I’d had old bottles before, but this beer is better than my memories of it. <P> Original Rating 3.5: <P> Strong malty aroma with a touch of mocha. Deep black with a thin bubbly head. Sweet and approachable flavor palate, but I hate to say it I am not as impressed as I thought I’d be. There is a wateryness to the flavor in the finish that is impossible not to notice. A very decent porter, but I think it is highly overrated. Just doesn’t have enough ass to it. Needs a lot more roastiness and less chocolate creaminess.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (6249) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2005
Beautiful ... dark and deep with a towering tan top. Nice big mocha aroma. Well rounded chocolate flavors, lightly bittered, with a tinge of a nice coffee. Damn, this is a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 22, 2005
Pours a nice deep black with just a glimmer of ruby when held up to the light. Nice layer of silky fine tan head that lasts and lasts, and adds a nice smoothness to your lips on each sip. Probably the most dense and pretty head I’ve seen from a bottled beer. (Barring those gimmicky widget bottles.) Lovely dark set of smells--somewhere between flourless chocolate cake and a cup of fresh coffee. Nice full mouthfeel, much more substance than the ABV would lead you to expect. Soft coffee flavors, with just enough roast to balance the sweetness level. Nice hint of burnt toast in the finish to give each sip closure. The hops barely register in the taste. Kind of a surprise at 60 IBUs. I’d be tempted to call this a stout rather than a porter--and an unusually well crafted stout at that. Stylistic vagaries aside, this is amazingly fine beer, beautiful to look at, and perfectly balanced. There are lots of much bigger beers with not nearly this much character. Bravo!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boyz2pepsi (7) - Wooster, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2005 does not count
Tap. Does this still count as a microbrew? It was a little to thick - I nearly couldn’t finish my 20 oz glass. Chocolate, sweet, not bitter. Many, many flavors. Almost sticky, otherwise i’d have given the palate a 5.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1763) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2005
Pours dark brown, with a tan head. Aromas are roasted malt, hops, and chocolate. Flavors are roasted malt, smoke, hops, and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Absolutely decent, but I found this one a bit too upfront for me. I wouldn’t kick this one out of bed for eating cookies, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma is a fresh roast, semisweet chocolate, and cinnamon (I always get cinnamon from hops trying to poke through a strong roast malt). Flavor is a bitter roast cut by a sweet chocolate, a slight ashy smokiness with a hoppiness on finish that comes from no where. Medium to full body. Very hardy porter very full and assertive flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (2992) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2005
Draft, at GLBC. Rats. I didn’t take many notes on this because I thought I’d already rated this. But anyway: A light hoppy smell, unusual to find in a dark beer. This was toward the end of my sampler tray, there was still a thin head that clung lacily to the glass. Roasts are just moderate, to keep this very smooth. Excellent beer to be trying on draft!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2005
Pours an opaque brown with a 1/2 inch rocky tan head. Lots of thick lacing. Smells of sweet dark malt with an underlying light milky bitterness. Alternately dry and sweet maltiness up front. Morphs into strong roasted coffee bean flavors. This is like porter’s greatest hits. Smoky, sweet, creamy and bitter. Coffee and chocolate and damn smooth. It has it all. Really like this creamy mouthfeel. Easy drinker and this one was well worth my trip to Cleveland all by itself.

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