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RATINGS: 189   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   IBU: 47   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Rich and decadent. This strong porter is perfect for sipping at the end of the day or to accompany full-flavored foods. The intense, roasty flavor comes from two types of chocolate malt and raw cocoa nibs. Whole vanilla beans introduced post fermentation add complexity and enhance the dessert-like qualities of this full bodied beer. Indulge yourself! Additional Information: This beer began life as our Panamanian Porter with the flavors of chocolate, vanilla and banana. A truly unique beer, we felt that all those flavors needed some smoothing out so we changed yeast strains and eliminated the banana flavor (Which came from the yeast strain). The Panamanian Porter did have many fans however, and there may be plans in the future to bring it back for a special occasion. Stay tuned…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (5912) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Growler, RBWG 2010. Pours a clear brown body with a small fizzy light brown head. The nose is dry and nutty with some light hops and an undercurrent of chocolate. No vanilla noted. The flavor is a bit too hoppy for my tastes in the style, but below the hops there’s some nice chocolate and roastiness. A little bit of a nutty quality. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Decent, but a little nutty and too hoppy for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10423) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2010
Clear mahogany with a medium beige head. Sweet aroma with plenty of chocolate, hard roasted malt and coffee. Flavour had dark chocolate, plenty of hops, dark chocolate, burned malt and espresso. Lovely dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUL 3, 2010
Tap at the brewery. Poured a clear cola with a thin, off-white head that leaves smidgens of lace. Aroma is nice, rich roasted malt, chocolate malt, dirty/earthy malt, vanilla, light cocoa. Tastes like diet vanilla Coke, slight cocoa. A bit over carbonated. Very thin-bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2010
From a growler, thanks to JoetheYounger. Pours ebony with a tall khaki head. Rich nose of caramel and cocoa. As it warms a soft licorice and vanilla note bring out complexity. Some definite diacetyl, but not off putting with the chocolate flavors. Finish has some perceived dryness from the cocoa powder notes. Body is heavy and smooth, nice creamy texture enhances the chocolate notes. Maybe a touch on the bitter side and could use a bit of black malt for some grit, but a really tasty porter none the less.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - JUL 1, 2010
Aroma is sweet, roasted malts with some caramel and chocolate. Flavor is sweet, smooth, slightly earthy with some bittersweet cocoa. Slightly light.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (5419) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2010
Dark brown pour, tan head. Roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and some dark fruits. Finishes with light bitterness. Nicely balanced with the sweet cocoa and the dry biscuits. Good porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2010
Hand bottle from Hophead22, thanks Tim! Poured a deep brown color with ruby highlights and an inch and a half thick, dense, frothy off-white head that slowly receded to a thick layer and left large spots of lacing. Aroma of chocolate, light roasted malts and nuts, soft vanilla, and a touch of light fruitiness. Smooth, lightly sweet entry with some light hints of chocolate and chalk transitions into a caramel sweetness paired with some lightly roasted malts that seem to slowly fade as a soft fruitiness (prune, fig) comes to the forefront and linger into the lightly dry finish with some light, spicy hops peaking through in the background. Low carbonation and smooth mouth feel. Overall, I really like that the roastiness doesn’t seem forced in this porter like it does in so many others. Instead of roasting you out with black patent, the brewer took a more subtle approach the the result is a really enjoyable porter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeTheYounger (1182) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - APR 26, 2010
On draft at Hangar compliments of Hophead22. Poured a very dark brown with thick ass off-white head. Aroma was very roasty with chocolate, burnt toast and biscuits. Taste was roasty, chocolate syrup, dark fruits and vanilla. Very nice carbonation. Overall very very tasty stuff. I like this much better than the first version.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 24, 2010

Date: March 13, 2010
Mode: Growler
Source: Tasting, RBWG 2010
Appearance: opaque dark brown, fine beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet chocolate aroma, dark caramel sweetness
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, caramel sweetness enrichens the chocolate, light bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+ /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5850) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - APR 18, 2010
Brown pour with light tan head and lace. Light sour malt, light coffee and a hint of chocolate. Sweet chocolate flavor. Thine and water but very nice beer.

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