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Praying Mantis Porter....Dark But never brooding CT’s State Insect ! First Introduced as a draft favorite at The Hartford Brewery Limited (CT’s first brewpub, 1991-2000), and made to the original specifications at the Shipyard Brewing Company in Portland Maine. Praying Mantis Porter joins Arch Amber Ale as the second traditional ale in the Hartford Better Beer Company’s portfolio. CT’s Original Brewpub Beer is now available statewide in CT in 2 flavors and in 6-packs! Appearance and Color: Deep and Luxurious black cherry-red, long-lingering lacy head. Aroma: You’re in for a treat. Toasty-smooth, a hint of silky roast malt that doesn’t overwhelm the mild fruit nose. Flavor and Mouthfeel: Starts witha full smooth and malty tone, with a touch of a citrusy hop influence. The roasted chocolate malt flavors fit perfectly between "dark" and "milk" chocolate - not too bitter and not too sweet. Eventful balanced maltiness is complimented by delicate and mild hopping and the medium (not thick) body. Aftertaste: Subtle fruity finish, pleasant dry roasty aftertaste. Applications: Intertwined with the history of the industrial revolution, properly made Porters are hearty and satisfying beers for hard-working people that are nonetheless "session" beers - meant to be drunk in quantities. Praying Mantis Porter overwhelms with complexity rather than with quantity of flavor. Mellow enough on its own, but heavenly food combinations abound: with seafoods (especially shellfish), hearty cheeses, chicken dishes or a fine steak. Tastes great after dinner or with a cigar. Temperature-wise, the flavors of Praying Mantis Porter work best when acclimated to 45 degrees or so, just below cellar temperature where the malt flavors begin to stand out, and then blossom as you progress through your pint. There’s no hurry. Recipe and Brewer’s Notes: The water chemistry provides mineral flavor and body to complement the complex malt and hop ingredients that are drawn from the best of European and U.S. Pacific Northwest strains and sources as well as the time-honored process of traditional brewing techniques. The mineral factor influences the key brewing steps: mashing, sparging, boiling, fermenting and conditioning. Imported from England, the malt bill includes 2-row Pale Ale Barley Malt, Chocolate Barley Malt and a touch of Malted Whole Wheat. Hops include Willamette, Cascade and Tettnang. With its distinctive flavor imprint, the lively Yorkshire-origin Ringwood culture (a top-fermenting "ale" yeast) is used to ferment the beer. The Hartford Better Beer Company is founded by Phil Hopkins and Les Sinnock. Trained by Shipyard Brewing Company’s Master Brewer Alan Pugsley twenty years ago, we then brewed and served over a million fresh and frothy pints of beers like Arch Amber Ale and Praying Mantis Porter at our brewpub using the exact same brewing process and ingredients as at Shipyard. Praying Mantis porter............it’ll take your head off Contract brewed by Shipyard for the Hartford Better Beer Co. www.hartfordbetterbeer.com

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerenberger (1601) - Fischer, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, with hints of fruit. Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights and a large non-lasting beige head. Taste is roasty, chocolatety, toasty and slightly bitter in the finish. Toasted bread aftertaste. Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, while thinner in body than I usually like porters to be, it more than makes up for it in richness of taste taste. A very drinkable porter. Would buy and drink again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - NOV 11, 2014
A blackish brown body with a tan head that had great retention and nice lace only downside was it seemed a bit thin looking which did carry through to the mouth feel. Aroma was if roasted malts and some coffee malts. Subtle chocolate and a bit of ash. Flavor seemed to be mostly roasted malts. A good flavor but not much else going on. There were enough chocolate and smoke flavors to keep it from being one dimensional. Smooth finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Travlr (21441) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Draft at Willimantic. Clear brown color. Nice nutella aroma. Tastr is nutty caramel. Light body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Tap at Willimantic. Pours clear black with a medium, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is roast and chocolate malt, dates and earthy hops. Flavor is dark malt and fruits, light hops and medium bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
SanfordBrewer (1502) - Sanford, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Translucent mahogany with a frothy tan head. Poured very foamy. Medium body with harsh carbonation

Aroma: licorice, kahlua, chocolate malt, and grassy astringency.

Taste: chocolate malt, grassy astringency, light notes of caramel and fruity esters.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (6192) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 10, 2012
12 oz.. bottle thanks to Waterbury. Real dark brown color, black toward the middle. Thick ½ inch foam that laced real well. Nose is light cocoa powder and roasted malt. Taste is mostly chocolate malt with hints of coffee and citrus hops. Medium in body with a creamy texture. Nicely balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (18527) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle in NYC. Pours ruby-brown with a soft, grey foam head. Nose gives off some far candies, bread and sugary, milky chocolate. Medium sweet flavour with milk chocolate, some caramel, a bit of dry cocoa. Light to medium bodied with average, massaging carbonation. Sweet finish with very light roast, some lightly burnt toast, more dark sugar, subtle caramel and mellow chocolate. It’s fine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Reynolds314 (3315) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Thin and brown pour. Lactose and nuttyness in this very dry porter. Light notes of chocolate and some sugar sweetness in there. Extra points for the longest commercial description ever.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernesto987 (5578) - Arizona, USA - AUG 4, 2012
from stafford springs what what. actually not that bad, good malts, a little thin and papery but thats jsut being very critical. Easy drinker.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joebudzjoe (672) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 28, 2012
Bottle from All the Best Spirits in Riverside, CT. This is a watery porter, but there’s a lot of good flavor in this beer. This beer has a sweet bagel aroma with a flavor of chocolate, oats, cigarettes and cherry. There’s a slight grit to this beer that I like too. Not bad.

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