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Our take on an American robust porter. Dark, thick, chewy, chocolaty, and of course, generously hopped. Vitals: Color Ė Dark Chocolate ABV Ė 7.5% O.G. Ė 1.078 Malt Ė American 2-Row, Caramel 40L, Caramel 80L, Munich 10L, Chocolate, Roasted Wheat, Flaked Oats Hops Ė Centennial, Columbus

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quevillon (2605) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2013
500 ml bottle purchased at The Craft Beer Outlet in Philly on June 20, 2013. Very dark brown, medium head. Aroma of chocolate and licorice, notes dry yeast. The taste is a bit the same, with notes of wild fruits, sour and dry licorice aftertaste. It is robust like a gorilla!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Thick brown black with nice lacing. Medium chocolate caramel, malt, toast aromas. Medium bodied, milk chocolate, roasted malt and caramel flavors, but there is no sweetness or cloying texture here...complex but still sessionable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (2502) - New York, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Sunday night brew for ALCS. Pours deep brown with nice head. Light nose of fresh brownies. Tastes of bitter chocolate, roasted malts, RC cola, some earth, and licorice. Medium bodied and solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
haukur (1345) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - OCT 8, 2013
Dark with a tan head. Malty aroma, some slight chocolate. Some hint of centennial but not much. Incredibly plain porter, nicely done but I dont get the hype.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HeistAlmighty (1156) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 4, 2013
500ml bottle. Very dark colour, big tan head, nice cascade. Vanilla, coffee bean and chocolate aromas, maybe a hint of smoke. Chocolate up front, then roasted malt, espresso finish. Very flavourful. Body feels wet up front, but finishes dry. Overall, very enjoyable beer, excellent porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2013
dark sepia with puffy cream head. Nose more dank than Old Tom, earthy and bitter but some brownie chocolate to offset. Flavor is more brownie and earth front, bitterness and cake profile growing through mid. The ends coating, full, rich. Very dense for the low abv. Liked it, but not as soft or nuanced as most Maine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2013
500 ml bottle served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass. Bottled 4/23/13. A: Pours a solid black color and as with all Maine Beer Co. beers a thick and heavy head, khaki in color, forms on the pour and sticks around for quite some time. Great retention. Lots of sticky webbing of lace is left on the glass. S: The hops pop up in the forefront with some light fruitiness. Some roast and char is present after the initial hop burst. Light cocoa powder as well. T: Some leafy and fruity hops up front. The char and roast take over in the mid-palate, but the hops definitely stick around throughout. Light bitter bakerís chocolate mixes with some sweet roasted malts on the finish. M: medium bodied with a nice chew to the body. Medium carbonation with a roasty and sweet finish. O: Iím not the biggest fan of hoppy porters. The hops lingered a little too long for me and provided some unwanted fruity and leafy notes while not adding any bitter flavors. There is enough chocolate malts with a nice roasting to remind itís still a porter, but it needs a little more balance. Serving type: bottle 07-05-2013

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (5404) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle from somewhere in NoVA. The pourís deep brown with a ridiculously good looking thick tan head. Pillowy as all hell. The nose is very welcoming robust. Plenty of sweet dark chocolate. Toasted chestnut. Brown sugar. Hazelnut spread. Earthy sweetness. The taste is oatmeal raisin cookie. Dark chocolate. Cocoa. Singed grass bitterness on the finish. Just a touch thin. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Overall, the appearance and nose are otherworldly. A slightly better mouthfeel would put this in truely rarefied territory. Still, awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shroud0fdoom (150) - Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2013
*16.9 oz.* Look: Very dark brown almost black body with brown hues, off white head. Smell: Deep roasted malts, coffee, chocolate sweetness, mild smoke, faint spice, fruity character almost orange peel. Taste: Nice chocolate, roasted malts that give to coffee (Not burnt coffee, but almost burnt.), sweet malts, a bitter earthy finish. Feel: Full body, tight fizzy carbonation, this time it fits like a fine Belgian ale. Overall: I donít know why I havenít tried this before. This isnít the "Buckets full of Hops" that M.B.C. are used to contributing to their beers. This is tasty and also walks the thin line of being an Imperial Porter. Donít get me wrong about the hops. It doesnít lack them either. Like a fine Belgian beer, the hops arenít in for flavoring. They are used for the dryness of the flavor and bitterness to cut the sweetness ( which does a fine job at that). This beer is rock solid. I wish I had another bottle that is how much I enjoyed this beer. This is Recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2415) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Rich cocoa nose, a bit of smoke. Dry, toasted nose, with plenty of dark chocolate, and espresso in the back. Nice full palate. Really dark, with thick head, full retention. Pretty nice. Closing in on a baltic.

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