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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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We worked with our friends at Equal Exchange to brew this English style Porter. Specialty malts provide caramel and dark chocolate notes and a sweet, smooth body, while coffee beans grown in the Mexican El Triunfo biosphere yield roasted, bittersweet notes that compliment the malty sweetness. The result is a balanced beer that showcases the flavors and aromas of both beer and coffee - a fitting equal exchange.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
maxwelldeux (3452) - Everett, Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a moderate light tan head. Nose has a lot of roasted coffee notes in there. Taste has the same coffee notes in there, but is still relatively smooth. Great brew...

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rballs01 (278) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Delicious poured a creamy slightly transparent chocolate brown, extreme coffee on the nose, bittersweet chocolate flavor that lingered pleasantly, great balance comping form a mass produced brew house.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChainGangGuy (4347) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2012
22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: A medium-small, tan head sits atop a black body. Near nil lacing.

Smell: Features a sublime scent of whole roasted coffee beans. Many stouts and porters can give off a roasty, coffee-esque scent, itís true. Even many coffee-infused beers donít seem particularly emboldened beyond the base malts. In this, however, the added ingredient is undoubted. Also, quality chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and a faint, faint fruitiness.

Taste: Thereís a great bittersweet coffee bean flavor upfront accented by roasted malts, chocolate, caramel and burnt sugars. Very light touch of licorice. Low dark fruitiness. Bitterness from the hops, but also some imparted by the roasted malt and coffee beans. Plenty of coffee flavor on the finish and in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth, yet also a bit crisp.

Overall: A tantalizing and energizing beer. Iíve had a few coffee-based beers lately and this has been the best of the bunch.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dlovell2 (656) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Dark brown with tan head. Roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate aroma. Roasted malt flavor and brown sugar with cocoa flavors and coffee finish. Some hops in finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1264) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2012
22 ounce bottle, stamp on bottle says enjoy by 03/15/13. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with an inch tan head. Head retention is good, and thereís a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and vanilla. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and some caramel and dark fruit. Nice balance between the sweet and bitter flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit creamy and has moderate carbonation. I think itís a good overall brew, and definitely worth trying at $5.99 a bomber. Recommended if you like coffee beers.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopheadJT (3) - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 12, 2013 does not count
A: notes of bread, chocolate, coffee, vanilla and a light roast, minimal hop presence and no esters A: pours brown but clear, with a tan foam that lingers F: flavor has a light sweetness, is lightly bitter, minimal hop presence, malt dominating M: creamy, medium body mouthfeel with soft carbonation O: nice chocolate bitterness with a little roast and a light coffee flavor and bitterness. great drinking beer any time of day.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
bugsizzy (53) - USA - JUL 5, 2013
This was a really pleasant surprise...drank in 90 plus degree weather but it was not overly rich as these can sometimes be. It was actually almost thin in texture but it had a great flavor mix of dark chocolate and coffee and some nuttiness too. It had a nice aroma of chocolate. Well done. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Bomber: Pours a clear ruby with a medium off-white head, big chocolate aroma, starts and ends lightly sweet with a coca ending, medium bodied with ample carbonation.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DiarmaidBHK (3347) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Draft at Brixx Greensboro. Pours coca cola brown with a half inch of khaki foam. Nice coffee notes on the nose. Big, big coffee on the tongue which I happen to like. Finishes clean. Very nice!

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hockeybeerguy (1477) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 11, 2013
It poured a deep, dark brown yielding the same color body with a large foamy off white head in my nonic. Some nice speckled lacing spider-webbed around the sides of the glass. The smell had the coffee up front with light hints of chocolate and roasted malt. The taste was lightly bitter with the coffee holding its own in the forefront, moderate amounts of chocolate and roasted malts present themselves acceptably and balanced. The palate was about a medium to light, almost a bit watery, but mainly balanced. It was smooth all around and very drinkable. It left a dry aftertaste and finish. Overall, this is definitely a beer for coffee lovers. I would come back to this.


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