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RATINGS: 1662   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2003
Luscious bittersweet chocolate flavor with a sharp, bitter, dry finish. Rich, rroasted malt flavor. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - FEB 27, 2003
Dark brown appearance with a small, tight tan head. The aroma was sweet...cookie dough...chocolate...coffee. The flavor was big and full of bittersweet tones...coffee for sure...chocolate. The finish is crisp...snappy on the tongue...leaves a bitter aftertaste...very dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fraternie (815) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2003
Smooth, chocolatey nose followed by spicy/hoppy finish relative to most porters. An aggressive interpretation of the style. Malt could be maybe a bit more complex ( a lot of nice roasted chocolate flavor but little sweetness). Overall warming and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - FEB 19, 2003
Dark brown/ruby hue,with a pillow of a tan,head.Good lacework.Bittersweet,roasty aroma.Mouthfeel is oily and thick.Soft carbonation. Rich toffeeish,roasty,coffee bean mouth lead to chocolate,hoppy finish.Some vanilla in there somewhere.Flavors are strong and the finish lingers with good balance,sweet/bitterness.Another good Great lakes product.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Larks (3) - North Bend, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2003 does not count
Perfection. A truly excellent Porter. There was only one place in Cincinnati that had this stuff on draft. Every once in a while you would see it in bottles. Now, my fav watering hole has it so make that 2 places. Life is good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
greco (41) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2003 Bottle. Nice dark color. The balance of chocolate and coffee is perfect. Right amount of hops. Taste is complex and amazing. A distributor told me they are going to stop making this. I hope not. I love this Beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2005 Every time I drink this I am amazed that I find something new and different about this beer. A deep dark chocolate color with a maple colored head. Smells of godiva chocolate with Blue Mountain coffee. The taste is an amalgation of chocolate/coffee/malt/ hops that hits the tongue from every direction. The best porter you can buy. You want to move to Cleveland just so you can be closer to the brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2003
Amazing round, medium sweet flavor with great roasted coffe notes, hints of toffee and chocolate. A good dose of bitterness offsets the sweetness and makes for a dangerously drinkable brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2003
Dark brown, almost black body with a quickly diminshing tan head. Some lacing.
Slightly malty aroma. A bit anemic in the aroma category for a porter. Not much roastiness can be detected either.
Roastiness was slightly more noticeable in the flavor. Sweetness and coffee are also apparent. The hops appear as a bite on the back of the tongue.
Pretty active carbonation for a porter too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2003
1/17/03: bottle. nice head when poured which diminishes to a typical, small ring of carbonation. sweet nose. sweet, bitter, lighter than expected taste with coffee tones.

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