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RATINGS: 1651   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gsmitty80 (1794) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 23, 2003
I had a few of these at my cousins wedding rehearsal. Great porter one of my favorites, just the right tones of coffee and chocolate. Wonderful porter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - SEP 7, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2009 This is a perfect session porter. Extremely dark, with roasted malt, chocolate, and nicely hopped. Also a nice finish. Perhaps not the best porter out there, and not even as good as it used to be, but a fine example of the style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2003
This beer was acquired in trade with jgb9348; an excellent trader that sends excellent brews. Holly mother of Fitzgerald this is a good porter! Light will not permeate this rich and creamy opaque beer, I think it’s like a black hole, it amazingly dense. It even poured a nice thick lush head. ** The aroma and flavor is of plums, coffee, bakers chocolate, figs, and cream, it’s oh so good! Heavily roasted malt is upfront, some noticeable hops; it’s bitter in the beginning but finishes with some sweetness, something reminds me of stovetop chocolate pudding that has been a bit overcooked, I love it!! Porters are fast becoming my new favorite beer style, thanks Jeremy!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flemdawg (531) - Naples, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2003
Excellent brew. Dark, almost black, but with some ruby around the edges. Nice white head, an excellent contrast. Smell was very pleasing. The taste was great. Chochlates, coffee, and all around goodness. Almost worth the trip to Ohio, almost.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - AUG 4, 2003
A great porter. Dark ruby brown color with small head. Toasted chocolate flavor with a touch of coffee. Sweet creamy chocolate feel in the mouth. Well balanced from start to finish.Finishes etremely smooth.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 1, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2003 Begins wet and very muted. Definitely some great roasted malt and coffee flavors, but they are not able to fully show through the thinness. Not enough of it there I guess. Has a smooth mouthfeel is pretty well balanced, having a nice bitter hops finish. Good blackberry notes throughout and a medium to light body. I have heard that this beer was made with better quality in days gone by and it shows. Just needs more of everything, the potential is there, a wonderful balance and good complex chocolate, dark fruit, and coffee aroma rounded out with hops. The argument that porters should not be and were not stouts does not really hold in my mind here. This beer just dosent have enough flavor even for a porter, to put it in the very top tier. Great balance though I will reiterate. Nice dark complexion, with a bit of brownish beige head. Good berry smell. Alcohol not detectable. Wish there was sediment in the bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 21, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2004 Rich brown, lasting head, good lace. Fresh roasty aromas, coffee and bitter chocolate. Lots of espresso flavor, a slight fruity, vinuous complexity. Balanced finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2003
A deep rich brown color with a wonderful roasted aroma. Perfect coffee and chocolate taste, nice bittersweet aftertaste. This is another great beer from this brewery.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmhst30 (10) - Prospect Park, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2003
They recently reformulated this beer and it lost some of it's quality. Used to be a 20/20. I remember this beer being roasty, chocolate, and damn good. The head was a deep rich brown and the aroma was satisfying. Very well done beer. Still is a very good beer but the last time I had it it was noticeably toned down.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - JUL 7, 2003
i bought this as a joke for my father, since he was on radio watch while in the coast guard, stationed at group muskegon, mi, when the edmund fitz went down... but wow... this porter was wonderful, sweet, rich, and bold. great porter


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