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RATINGS: 1698   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   IBU: 37   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Complex, roasty aroma with a bittersweet, chocolate-coffee taste and a bold hop presence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 24, 2004
This is a coffee lovers dream. It pours a dark coffee like color. A strong coffee prescence in the nose with hints of chocolate and malt coming through. Overall a well balanced beer with a mild carbonation and strong coffee and roasted malt flavors. Adding to that mix of flavors are hints of chocolate and a mild hoppy finish. This is a very good porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlabastorJones (805) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 21, 2004
damn this is good, smells like coffee, chocolate and sweet malts, looks like a dank stout, obsidian appearance covered with a nice layer of khaki foam, sweet dry chocolate flavor, coffee accents, smooth lightly carbonated mouthfeel, this just made the list of my favorite porters.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2567) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2006 a deep brown color w/ a short lasting tan head. smelled almost sweetly of roasted malts w/ hints of coffee in the scent had a rich creamy smooth palate w/ a hint of carbonation that was surprising since I didnít notice it in the pour.. has a slightly hoppy aftertaste The flavor is an excellent malted hoppy taste Re-rated.. whomped the palate down upped the flavor dropped the overal. Palate was much lighter than remembered. Still a darn good porter though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 6, 2004
Inky black/brown, with off white head thick. Coffee, mocha, roasted flavor, sweet malt with green herbal notes (not offensive). Dry, roasted flavors, burnt toast, with a dry lingering finish. Very refreshing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
otaku (5) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2004 does not count
Very dark pour with slight hints of amber. A nice almost foamy head that stuck around until the last drink. The aroma was my favorite aspect of this fine porter. Almost overwhelming Chocolate/Espresso aromas with a hint of smoke. This is an extremely strong porter, with a pleasing roasty, hoppy bitterness. The EF seemed to be heavier to me than most porters, almost stout-like, which complimented the taste very well. I highly recommend this beer, but due to the intensity, I can hardly drink more than one. Easily my favorite porter!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sethdude (702) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 28, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2005 Thanks to heemer77 for this one. Pours a nice, deep black with a brown halo and a khaki head that stays massive and lends great lacing to the glass. Aroma is very dark chocolate malts, hints of yeast, and a good strong hop nose. Flavor is absolutely perfect, strong coffee notes, bitter chocolate, a little tangy, dry, with a grassy finish. Palate is just slightly thin, and carbonation is nearly undetectable in the mouth. A top notch porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2004
A noble and worthy memorial to the ill-fated Edmund Fitzgerald. Pours almost black with some red tints. Nice foamy tan head. Nose was semi-sweet chocolate, roasted dark coffee, and a hint of cherry. Likewise the taste. Smooth and creamy in the mouth. An excellent porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 22, 2004
Hey, here ya go. this is pretty good. Dark with a medium long lasting tan head. The nose is faint malty with smoke and some bitter chocoalte, The taste is nearly the same but here the bitterness of the chocoalte is mnore present. Check this one out if you can.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Flipbrewer (33) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 19, 2004
Bottled. Poured a good sized long lasting medium tan head; good lacing. Beautiful ebony color with garnet highlights. Aroma dominated by a coffee-ish roasted malt character layered with dark chocolate, hint of vanilla, and a spicy hop nose. Moderately sweet start-to-finish. Some esteriness emerged mid-palate along with roasted malt and hop characters, both of which became more distinct towards the finish and nicely balanced the sweetness. Moderately sharp astringency from the roasted malt was quite evident in the aftertaste along with a hop flavor that lingered. Palate was medium bodied with a somewhat lively carbonation. I thought this was a nice example of the style. A complex roasted malt character complimented by a distinct hop flavor and aroma resulted in a rich and satisfying brew. Thanks very much Drew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11637) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 15, 2004
Big brown head atop a red-black body. Aroma is medium sweet, roasty chococoffee, light grapefruit, faint cherry. Taste is mild sweet, roasty, coffee, grapefruit, light chocolate. Watery medium body. Iíve been looking forward to trying this for a long time, and I wasnít disappointed.

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