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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.69/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Robust all day without dictating your life, this is the porter that other dark beers hang a poster on their own bedroom wall. Malt sweetness is just present enough to enhance the dark chocolate and roasted coffee flavors without destroying the drinkability. This brew provides a subtle smoke profile that simultaneously creates new fans of dark beer and tames the beast inside the bold-beer aficionado.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (8149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Sample at the brewpub. Dark brown color with a thin dense tan head that diminishes gradually. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of smoked malt, coffee and chocolate. Light-bodied with flavors of charred malt, dark chocolate and coffee. The finish is mildly smoky with a burnt malt aftertaste. Not sure if it is a reference to the Kavinsky song, but an above average beer overall.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nero55 (722) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Draft. Dark brown with thin brown head. Aroma of smoked meats and roasted malt. Medium body, smoked malt, malt sweetness, and a hint of chocolate with a dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
islay (1135) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 29, 2014
5 oz. pour, on tap at the brewpub. Consumed on 7-26-14. Pours dark brown with beige head. Smoky, malty aroma features a raisin scent. Weak smell. Sweet, chocolatey, malty, plumy, pruney taste. Very nice sweetness. Smoky in the finish. Medium body. Soft and lively in the palate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
akoeninger (437) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2014
On tap. Nice dark black color with a tan head. Mild roasty aroma. Great balanced roasted flavor with sweet dark chocolate. Smooth and creamy with a long roasted finish. This is a very good and drinkable porter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
cowboy7381 (3) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2014 does not count
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2014 Dark beer and was expecting more bitter, but surprised by a mellow Stout with major chocolate overtones.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
kkleu357 (299) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Not much smell. Some malty roasty aromas. Poured from tap with a nice dark black body with a small head. Light flavor. Tastes good, but kind of lacking somewhere. Overall, decent, but could use some work.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dkrep (14) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2013
On tap. Pours a nice thick black with a nice cocoa head. Great lacing on the glass. Tastes so good, definitely a solid beer!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RobertDale (3477) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - OCT 22, 2013
On tap at the brewery. Comes dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a bit of smoke. Very tasty. My favorite at Karben4.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (2990) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2013
On tap at the brewpub
Located in the old Ale Asylum building it feels as if Karben4 has picked up where they left off. A fine porter was the only one I could try before moving on but if Karben4 continues at this level I will be sure to visit the next time I am in the Madison area.

Aroma / Appearance - A reddish black base shimmers with life. Fizzy head is a little weak yet not completely lifeless. Light ash, cocoa, malt, and iced coffee feel like walking into a busy Starbucks. A trace of earthiness binds it all together.

Flavor / Palate - A fluid black base is a mixture of smoke and iced coffee. Delayed sweetness warms up in the nutty finish. Exceptionally easy to drink the entire package is balanced. Nothing sets it apart as remarkable but it is well enough made to be worth supporting a new brewery in the Madison area.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bartlebier (1760) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - SEP 12, 2013
Double sample flight@source during FMG delegation visit 5ix13. Subtle & smooth, mouth-coating yet light feeling porter, bearing well-balanced flavours of red berries, subtle smoke, mahogany and oak tones, fig and light chocolate. Bit too light to be creamy. All 6 samples in the flight were above brewpub average, but this was easily the standout beer. Would love to try in full pint size or from bottle.


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