John S. Rhodell Dark Star Porter
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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2007
My glass was filled with the cask version of this beer. This beer says hello with a nice healthy aroma of malt and anise drifting in from the background. The solution is a chocolate brown color that has a thick almond colored head settling on top. This beer is neither too thick nor too thin. The taste is one of sweet malt with notes of molasses and licorice. The sweet flavor lingers well after the beer has been swallowed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Pour is opaqueish ruddy brown with a thinbrown head...smell is roasty chocolate and light fruitiness...taste is nice and sweet at first with chocolate and a light coffee bitterness in the end...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2007
From the tap this pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with a cocoa head that laces in sheets. Nice aroma of lightly roasted malts, chocolate, a touch of nuts, and a hint of anise. Some coffee comes out when it warms. Very smooth to drink. The flavor is chocolate, dark caramel, roasted malt, a suggestion of smoke, and a very light nutty bitterness. Nicely done.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 12, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2006 From the tap, served in a standard bar pint glass, poured properly, draining off the excessive foam, served to the customer filled to the brim. Made a good appearance, poured a thickish dark chocolate brown with a foamy, bubbly topped pale tan head that left a small amount of ringed sticking, moderate carbonation. Had a burnt chocolate and a strange banana fruity nose with a little smokiness at the edges. A crisp, smooth lightish medium bodied mouth feel, average drinkability. Burnt chocolate malty with a little smokiness, a sweet roasted maltiness, a banana fruitiness that for me, is a bit out of place, distracting, and diminishes the drinkability, and a sweet roasted malty finish. A nice porter from Rhodell’s, while tasty and quaffable, not something I would get a growler of, $4.50 for a pint.

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