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RATINGS: 1762   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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wxman (1613) - 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 (1142) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2005
UPDATED: APR 15, 2005 Slight rerate after a recent tasting. Still a solid porter, but wasn’t impressed with it as much this time. Flavors seemed more muted and the body seemed less dense. Nevertheless, the newly tweaked review...

Medium to thin viscosity; deep mahogany-brown colored. Smells of roasted nuts and coffee. Tastes of bitter-sweet semi-sweet chocolate chips and crisp pine nuts. Smooth, yet bitter; complex. A good, solid porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2005
Bottle. I sure enjoyed this one. Pours a dark brown with nice red-copper highlights. Aroma is a nice French roast with chocolatey roasted notes. The mouthfeel is very smooth, definitely noticeable. The flavor is more light chocolate and coffee...quite complex and deliicious! Thanks Pat for this wonderful porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Cellar Temp. Burgundy in an English pint. Gushing head. Aroma of caramel malts and nuts. Very chocolaty initially developing nicely into roasted nuts supported by a light cognac underneath. Soft mouthfeel. Finishes with balanced bitterness. Avoids the common pitfalls of being too watery or too stout like. This is a great porter.

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