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RATINGS: 428   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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A full-bodied, brown ale with a rich chocolate taste created from roasted chocolate and caramel malts. Topped with Czech Saaz hops to give it a spicy flavor and aroma.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - DEC 30, 2003
wow, very impressed by this, very nice rye honey aroma, followed by a nice dark brown body with no head, the flavor was very nice hints of smoke over a top of roasted chocolate good ness

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2003
Pours dark brown with a tan head. A strong roasted malt and alcohol aroma. A sweet chocolate flavor with a bitter and alcohol finish. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. A coffee aftertaste. A good beer,but the alcohol taste is too strong, especially for 6.5%.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - DEC 15, 2003
Dark brown color.Medium tan head.Sweet chocolate aroma.Smooth chocolate toffee taste. Good blend of hops and malts.Finishes slightly bitter. A good porter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2003
I have been thinking about drinking a luscious porter all day today; I sure hope this one stacks up to my anticipation!
It looks tremendous, a deep brown and crimson body beneath a robust caramel colored cranium, sheet of lacing. The nose is sweet, toffee, chocolate, and cappuccino. The palate is medium, fairly creamy…. The flavor is again chocolate & large notes of sugary coffee, a dribble of sweet cream or whole milk, almond oils… Overall a rather tasty porter, one in which I will most likely buy a 6er of and let sit for several months.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2003
Dark, brown red,with a tan medium sized foam stand, with an earthy aroma of chocolate and olives. Invitingly smooth at first, followed by some roast malt astringency, with a chewy, papery flavor, plus a little weak decaf coffee. Finish is pleasant and fairly clean, but not really "inviting"...good but sorta muddled.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aurelius (3908) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2003
Nice stouty aroma, with a bit of olive and hazelnut. Deep brown beer, bad label. Very well balanced. Lightly sweet, nutty, robust but very drinkable. Good mouthfeel without clingy dark bitterness. Well done. Creamy tan head. A very little bit of vegetable or green peanuts on the very end.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PorterPounder (5198) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2004 Rerate - changing the word "Porter" to Brown Ale everywhere. Excellent Brown Ale. Dark, ruby red, fading to black appearance. Off white, decent sized head with good lacing. Enticing aroma of cocoa, raisins and sweet coffee. Very smooth chocolate flavor for a Brown Ale with just the right amount of hop bitterness in the back end. No chalky aftertaste whatsoever. Creamy mouthfeel - one of the best domestic Brown Ales I have had to date.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 23, 2003
A very dark brown/black ale with a nice head. Good nose, with both roasted and hop notes well blended. Very smooth palate-a good hop/malt blend. A very nice porter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - NOV 21, 2003
Very dark brown with red edges and a tan head. Very roasty and sweet malt aroma. Nice sweet malt and toasted nut flavor with a slight bitter hops bite in the finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - NOV 21, 2003
Very dark ruby /brown color with a nice beige head. The aroma was fully roasted with a little smoke and toasted marshmallow (good call baobubba!) The flavor was well rounded with a strong roasted character...some malty sweetness. Well carbonated, crisp feel.


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