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RATINGS: 420   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Our take on an American robust porter. Dark, thick, chewy, chocolaty, and of course, generously hopped. Vitals: Color – Dark Chocolate ABV – 7.5% O.G. – 1.078 Malt – American 2-Row, Caramel 40L, Caramel 80L, Munich 10L, Chocolate, Roasted Wheat, Flaked Oats Hops – Centennial, Columbus

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joet (2424) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Black liquid opacity undetermined, no head, dark amber meniscus, dark roast, touch smoke, bits of anise, touch of rose decay, Evocative of Russian imperial stout, subdued bitterness balanced toward a soft molasses, cereal sweetness. Medium full body, feel is round and smooth, touch of oil. Very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
slimspady (217) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 30, 2014
Dark and black and thick. Big head off the pour. Chocolate and coffee blended well. Unfortunately, I left it too long in the basement, so the hops are a little more muted than they should be. Still, very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UXO (910) - CANADA - AUG 29, 2014
Pours nearly jet black with only the merest hint of cola brown around the periphery, three finger pillowy tan head, and moderate to heavy chunky lacing. Nose is cocoa, coffee, candi sugar, faint vanilla, and a sharp top note, orange peel or burnt almond. Taste is milder than expected, mellow dark espresso, brown sugar, molasses, milk chocolate. Medium chewy body, low carbonation, and a lingering bitter finish that’s both dry and sticky. Well, I always say Porters aren’t my favourite style, but this one mounts a pretty decent challenge to that position. Nice complexity on the nose and tongue, restrained but sufficient hop bittering, just enough sweetness to temper the dark roasted coffee/chocolate tones, and enough body to carry it off. The moderately high ABV is also integrated very nicely, and is barely noticeable as a mild warming. That being said, I’m not entirely sold on the sharpness in the nose, and wonder if this could use some cellar time to mellow - notwithstanding the bottle recommendation to drink within 90 days of bottling. (Seriously? A near-imperial porter that you’re supposed to drink fresh? What’s that about?)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentAle (1165) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 22, 2014
Aroma is rich malt, chocolate, mocha, and a slight floral hop character. Taste is rich roasty malts, mocha rich and finishes with a slight bitterness with light tang and earthiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivo (2646) - GERMANY - AUG 22, 2014
Opaque dark brown with a low creamy head like cafe creme. Alcohol in the nose with big jolts of licorice. Thin body. Watery almost. Late bitter end like an espresso. Smoke and roasted after taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YogiBeera (2554) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Dark umber color, small lacy head, wonderful caramel chocolate fudge nose. Surprisingly thin but silky chocolate coffee light alcohol taste. Light bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4422) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Dark black pour with a two finger creamy tan head. Very nice aroma with lots of coffee and a sweet roast with chocolate notes. Kind if chalky and vitaminy, water adjustment problem? Nice roast .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2014
From bottle. Roasted barley, roasted coffee, cocoa, light bitter note with some carbonic gaseousness. Caramel. Dark black opaque with foamy-rocky tan lacing head. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. starts with rich malt, roasted barley, coffee, caramel, molasses. Carbonic acidity, nice hop bitterness, sugar tang. Roasted bitter finish with lingering roasted notes in the after.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
williamstome (1421) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Black pour, small brown head. Aroma is chocolate oak and alcohol. Flavor is very rich dark chocolate and espresso. Velvety rich palate. Wow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (13601) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 12, 2014
Dark brown, bubbly head, lots of chocolatey fudge, fairly big aroma. Very full-bodied, complex character.

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