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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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This dark chocolate Porter is a very rich, roasty beer with top notes of chocolate derived from freshly roasted cacao. Strong but relatively smooth on the palate, it’s malty sweetness is evenly balanced with bitterness, and a slight dryness from the alcoholic strength. Look for solid notes of coffee, licorice, mild chocolate and more subtle hints of fruit and spices.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kegger71 (1) - Vermont, USA - APR 3, 2014 does not count
Draft at Long Trail Brewery. Pours dark brown to black with generous brown head that lasts. Amazing porter, lots of chocolate and malt, but not overwhelming. Hints of fruit. No alcohol burn for such a strong beer. A lot of flavors and aromas that blend awesomely.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AmericanHobo (51) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Pours a deep dark chocolate brown. Coffee and roasted malt aroma nice creamy head. Definite flavor of coffee on palate but finish is a bit unbalanced with chocolate tasting more burnt than sweet.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
puboflyons (2228) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 14, 2013
From the 22 fl. oz. bottle. The pour is dark brown to near black with am long lasting delicate tan head. Opaque with good lacing. Aroma of cooked chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, and dark malts with hops de-emphasized. The body is medium and creamy. The taste is dreamy. A good dose of chocolate malts, coffee, and licorice up front with the slightest dry hop presence at the end. Alcohol is very well integrated. 9.3%? You’d never know it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kirk36 (155) - Peabody, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Black is the night devoid of stars. Black glides effortlessly down the throat, velvety-sweetness not to be overlooked. Cold and absinthe, warm and dark. This winter is brought to you by this collaboration and artistic form. Just the right balance of carbonation at low temps to dance... Taste the dark chocolate and cocoa nibs. A dark at the back of the tongue perfection. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mjhall89 (36) - - APR 11, 2014
Slightly toasty porter with good chocolate flavor. Not that complex but very flavorful and smooth. Deep and dark color with very thin cafe colored head.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlovell2 (895) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2013
On tap at Long Trail. Really dark brown with slight amber tint and coffee colored head. Aromas of coffee and chocolate and smokiness. Roasted malt flavors with charred smokiness. Black coffee and dark chocolate flavors. Some piney hippiness in finish. Silky feel in mouth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bacterial (1725) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2013
22oz bottle picked up at Whole Foods in DC. Dark brown pour with a slight tan head and a bit of lacing. Nose is roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. This is a massive porter - strong but deceptive. Flavorful but balanced. Quite nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (1827) - - OCT 13, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 3-31-14- Poured from growler into a snifter Appearance – The beer pours an almost pitch black-deep brown color with a small head of a tan colored foam. The head fades very fast leaving some bubble islands of foam on the surface of the brew. Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a roasted malt smell as well as some big chocolate and lighter coffee aromas. Along with the darker aromas are some big sweeter smells with tons of vanilla and a bit of caramel. With a bit of a cream smell mixed within, the aroma is overall a nice roasty- chocolate cappuccino smell. Taste – The taste begins with a sweet chocolate bar flavor mixed with some nice roasted malt tastes and a nice level of sweeter vanilla. As the taste moves on some lighter coffee flavors come to the tongue bringing with them some bitterness. The coffee never gets too strong, but gains a bit more of a pronounced flavor as some of the chocolate slowly starts to fade as the taste moves on to the end. Some other sweeter flavors of a caramel nature also come to the tongue more toward the middle to the end of the taste. Along with the caramel so too comes some lighter earthy and herbal tastes, which with all the other changes in the flavors that occur, one is left with a lightly bittered and moderately roasty and sweeter chocolate coffee flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly lower side for a porter of 9.3 % abv. with a carbonation level that was on the slightly lower to average side. The carbonation was rather nice for the mix of sweeter chocolate and darker flavors of the brew. While initially I thought a slightly thicker and chewier body may have overall been nice for the darker and sweeter nature of the beer, after drinking more I found that the thinner body did make for a nice crispness that matches the slight increase in hop at the end of the taste rather nicely. Overall I would have to say the feel was done quite well. Overall – A rather nice porter overall which with the lowering in chocolate and the bit of bitter flavor that comes to the tongue at the end of the taste, it actually makes for a more refreshing but still quite robust imperial porter. Very tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dan269605 (235) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Deep dark brown with maybe a finger of beige head that dissipates quickly. Big bitter aromas of cocoa and coffee, a little vanilla and milky lactose sweetness as well. The taste is huge cocoa, dark unsweetened baker’s chocolate, coffee. I dig this, I don’t find it boozy at all, it definitely gets better as it warms. I like what they’ve been doing over in Long Trail, they’ve definitely been stepping it up lately.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slubgob (195) - West Hartford, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Bomber into pint glass. Opaque dark brown, thin quickly dissipating mahogany head. Earthy chocolate dominates the nose, with a hint of typical porter roast. In the mouth, dry, a bit of bitterness. More cocoa powder in the backend, and a bit of alcohol heat. Very well balanced, drinks easily. Nice done.


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