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RATINGS: 161   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   IBU: 47   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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…


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Draft @ brewery. Nose is wonderful, pungent cocoa nib and vanilla with a slight waft of slightly tart coffee. Flavor is initially a nice punch of the vanilla and some roasted coconut - really full-flavored. As it warmed, got some light spice and more of the coffee along with a little fruitiness. My only knock on this beer was that the sweetness of the vanilla/cocoa/coconut flavors kind of overwhelmed - could do with a touch more roast coffee or some porter tartness to balance. Really enjoyed it, though, and was the unanimous top choice of my non-RB companions of the 4-5 beers we tried.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 29, 2010
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with an active brown ring of fizz at the top. Aroma: Cocoa, vanilla and roast. A little bit of roasted nuts as well. Taste: Vanilla, roast, chocolate, walnuts, and a very small hop presence. Mouthfeel: Full bodied and rich. Overall: One of the best porters I have ever had. An amazing vanilla presence in porter always makes me happy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2696) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2010
On tap @ the brewery. Deep dark brown with a well-retained, brown head. Nose of chocolate and toasted malts, light vanilla and roast. Flavor adds a bit of roast and cold coffee notes, otherwise fairly sweet and chocolatey. No sign of the alcohol other than the drying in the finish, bitterness at a 2-3. Smooth medium body with moderate carbonation. Very tasty porter, though definitely on the sweeter side.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - DEC 18, 2009
On cask at Hangar 24. Pours a nearly black color with very nice cascading carbonation. Aroma is roast and chocolate, surprisingly lacking the banana characteristics of past batches. Flavor is more roast, a touch of coffee, a good deal of vanilla that really brings out a nice chocolatiness. Slightly less sweet this time around also. Creamy on the palate, soft carbonation.
Earlier Rating: 8/13/2009 Total Score: 3.8
On tap at Hangar 24. Pours a very dark brown with some clarity and a thin beige head. Aroma is pure banana, vanilla and chocolate. Flavor is really the same. Sweet and very unique, liked this better than the first batch but the sweet vanilla flavor could be toned down a bit. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, a very tasty and unique porter.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Itzjerm (1392) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - OCT 26, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2011 Thick and great. A unique flavor for a porter. Its like christmas chocolate milk. A wonderful enjoyable flavor. Very unique. The BEST porter I’ve ever had. Had this a second time... not as good. It was a bit watery 2nd time around.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2009
growler – thanks riversideak!! based on alex’s description, this had potential mess written all over it – 8% chocolate porter with peruvian coffee, bavarian yeast & everclear soaked vanilla beans; but boy was this a yummy beer; pours thin, murky brown with quickly fading tan head; rich nose of chocolate, toffee, minor vanilla notes, banana bread; strong finish w/ alcohol strength obvious, but not notable flavor-wise; lots of soft, creamy chocolate; quite complex w/ varying flavors in each sip as it warms; bananas, cookies, vanilla, rich toffee; only thing missing is the obvious roasted notes, but that gets covered up w/ everything else that’s going on

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6251) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2009
big euro growler. thanks, riverside! pours an opaque black with nice creamy tan head and stringy lace. nice sweet milk chocolate and roasty nose. some sweet vanilla there as well. creamy medium body with chocolate, vanilla and roasty dark malt on the mid. beautiful chocolate finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (5624) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2009
Nose is full of banana, vanilla, roast, coffee, a hint of chocolate and a light alcohol note. Pours dark brown with a thin beige head. Some lace and some nice red hues. Banana and chocolate up front, followed by coffee and a strong vanilla finish. A little alcohol makes its presence felt. Only complaint is that it might have been a little thin, imo. Really good stuff.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - MAY 27, 2009
On tap @ Hangar 24.. Pours rootbeer brown with an off white head...Slight smell of bananas, fruits and some dark malts.. Taste is slightly sweet with some dark fruits, bananas and kinda earthy... I usually don’t like porters but this is one I could drink on a regular basis.. Tasty!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 12, 2009
UPDATED: APR 26, 2010 Draft at the brewery.
Pours a really dark brown, almost black. Aroma has some banana, a little chocolate, my brother smells those orange circus peanuts. Flavor is pretty smooth, a little chocolate, slight bitterness and more banana, overall a really good porter with a little twist.


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