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RATINGS: 1738   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Dark, with a decent head. The aroma of this beer was weaker than I expected from reading the previous ratings, but still there. Very coffee-like in taste with hints of chocolate and just enough bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2003
Pours very deep ruby-brown, with a medium rocky tan head, medium diminishing to leave bunches of lace. Aroma is strong - roasted malts, big chocolate, and some coffee. Flavor is very smooth chocolate, with some bitter coffee in the finish. Medium-full bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beaver (1443) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2005 12 oz bottle. Pours an almost opaque dark brown with ruby highlights. It has a creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is a mellow, slightly metallic, chocolate with notes of coffee and hops.

The flavor is big on chocolate malts intially, some dark fuits, and a decent hop finish. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. The aftertaste is sticky and slightly metallic bitterness.

Overall, a fine porter. Chocolately with a nice hop balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivo (2631) - GERMANY - NOV 25, 2003
Opaque black color and a nice, sticky head allude to something good. And it was. Coffee-like malt tastes throughout the profile. Roasted grain tastes and a lingering bitterness. Maybe a hint of diacytel there? I'm usually sensitive to that, but it didn't matter to me this time. Like it all around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 24, 2003
I love porters and this is no exception. Nice dark color. Good head. Bit of a coffee tast. I can see why this beer came recomended by my friend.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2003
Fairly thin, and a bit hoppy. I can't say that I liked it too much. I'll need to re-rate this one when I'm not eating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2005 Hadto really go digging for a faint chocolate aroma, but the mocha taste jumped out at me big time. Wonderful chewy texture,sweet as hersheys toward the end

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2006 Black cherry liquid. Dwindling large-bubbled ashen head settles to a ring. Burnt corn husks, roasted barley, and phenolic aroma. Moderately estery and prunish with a trace of caramel malt beneath the tarry black malts. Soft body. Prickly carbonation, leaning toward creamy. Big black malt flavors lending a fair amount of phenols, balanced with a dose of prunes, dry chocolate, and earthy English hops. Finishes semi-dry with a continuous burnt malt, caramel, and dark fruit concotion. The carbonation was overly prickly, making it more airy than fluffy. Without the black malt acidity, the malt bill is in a league of its own.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2003
ruby hued dark body. nice tan, even head. well roasted, malty and dark chocolate. lots of dark choco;ate. sweet malt character, a very powerful chocolate presence. hop character was subdued, or overtaken. I'd like a bit more roastiness in a porter

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 26, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2003 Man, this stuff smells like old silage, kind of an acidic funk. Pours with a nice tan head over a very dark brown body. This beer really shines when it comes to mouthfeel and flavor. It has a great silky-smooth texture that makes it a joy to sip. The flavor is very nice, with a roasty coffee taste. I'm afraid my aroma rating will pull down what otherwise should be a great score for a very nice beer.

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