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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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hockeybeerguy (1854) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Oh good grief. I’ve never rated this and I’ve had this more than enough times in my life. Well, no time like the present to do this. Almost always, this has been poured into a pint glass. I honestly can’t think of anytime I’ve ever had this in any other vessel. The appearance was a nice dark brown close to black color with a nice tan/white one finger foamy white head. This head lasts for a good minute before it gently dies. Once it dies, there’s a nice speckled lacing sticking finely to the glass. The smell had a nice balanced allocation of coffee to chocolate malts, dry yet somewhat bitter and still even a decent sweetness all combining very nicely. The taste was bitter, yet dry, still a decent sweet and bringing in a nice roasty sort of flavoring. The aftertaste was mainly a dry coffee with still a slight chocolate coming in. There was a nice dry finish. On the palate, it sat about a light to medium in body with a decent sessionable quality about it. The carbonation finishes somewhat smooth surrounding my mouth and tongue. Overall, I say this is an absolutely excellent American Porter, more than worthy of having again. Kudos to whoever lives in the distro for this excellent beer and kudos to Great Lakes for making an absolutely excellent brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
brew4health (8) - Sylvania, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2014 does not count
A- Opaque dark brown color and a tan creamy head with good retention S- Strong chocolate, roasted malt aroma F- Slightly sweet, malty roasted chocolate flavor with a clean, silky sweet finish M- Creamy, medium to full body, moderately low to medium carbonation O- This beer is dominanted by a silky smooth, creamy, sweet chocolate flavor. It is a very nice porter and I’ll be back for more. It goes very well with bbq! Serving type: on-tap

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (10683) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2014
Bottle at home in Salisbury - picked up at De Cicco Armonk. Pours brown with a creamy, light beige head. The nose holds milk chocolate, nips of lactose, burnt leaves. Medium sweet flavor with sugary chocolate, restrained roasted malts, light earthy and toasted leaf bitterness. Medium bodied with fine, massaging carbonation. Sugary dark malt finish with more milk cocoa, some ripe and dark fruits, more leaves, faint tang, cherries, chocolate. Pretty decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snoworsummer (2034) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 1, 2014
From a bottle. Pours very dark brown with a creamy, bubbly beige head. Smells like booze and sweet chocolate, light roasted earthiness. Tastes like sweet roasted grains, malty, light booze, light booze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sonnycheeba (3453) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with creamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malts, raisins, fig, light coffee, and faint burnt caramel. Flavor is nicely balanced roast, dark chocolate, espresso, medium bitterness, and faint sweetness; rich, roast finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JHeath99 (900) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Bottle from the middle of nowhere. Pours a dark opaque black with a thin layer of tan head. Aroma of coffee and roasted malts. Taste is great, with a well balanced coffee and roasted malt combo with hints of chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mindwarp (42) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Bottle poured into a DFH Ale signature glass-- I’m keeping this short because I haven’t had a Porter that doesn’t look and smell like a Porter. This looks and smells like a Porter, which is good. Has a mild coffee taste with a little cocoa (?). A little thinner than I’m used to in Porters. If you like coffee you’ll like this beer, I don’t so my rating may be a little lower than others.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GIJOE (620) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Dark reddish-brown pour with a creamy, tan head that stays long. Thick curtains. Nose is rich malty goodness with bold caramel and vanilla notes and a subtle hint of pepper. Taste is well-balanced. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Very nice porter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Barnoloid (157) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2014
A classic porter from Great Lakes. Reviewing from draft served in imperial pint glass. Pours a deep, dark coffee color with a tan head. The coffee and bakers chocolate notes are apparent from the nose on this, and come right through from the first sip. There is a reassuringly medium body here - with appropriate carbonation. An excellent porter, which does a fine job of providing roasted notes with a solid hop profile underpinning everything to keep this lively.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BAMF (78) - Albion, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2014
Aroma is roasted malt and chocolate cannot discern much of any hop character. Appearance is deep brown with Ruby highlights approaching black in color with a medium tan head that quickly dissipates. Head should be a bit larger and longer lasting for a robust Porter. Flavor is heavy roasted flavors with coffee chocolate and some Burnt toast flavors. Hops make some presence with a dryer lingering roast finish. Mouth feel is medium to medium light body though it probably would do better as a medium heavy Mouthfeel. Carbonation is moderate with some alcohol flavors. Overall it is a roasting first toast robust Porter needs a bit more mouth feel but is very well balanced and smooth.

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