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RATINGS: 179   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   IBU: 41   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Like the old porters of Ireland, our porter is super-rich and velvety. It is deep brown in color, with richly roasted and chocolate-y flavors. Like all Marin Brewing Company Ales, this contains no preservatives and is not heat-pasteurized.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 12, 2004
UPDATED: APR 17, 2005 13-Sep-04 (22 oz bottle: $3.49 at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA) Well balanced and nicely made American porter with a dry, very chocolaty, dark roasted flavor that is pleasantly bitter, and nothing too strong or overwhelming. Has some spicy, green pepper notes like those found in some Cabernets. However, itís very yeasty, both in the nose and flavor, strong enough to match the dark roasted flavor, and that distraction is the only major negative, but itís enough to drop the total rating by a few points. I have two bottles, so Iíll rerate this later on and see if the yeastiness is as prevalent in that bottle. Full bodied, probably average for the style, and quite carbonated. Fully black and opaque, very heady when poured, and demonstrates very nice head retention and thick, dense lacing.

14-Apr-05 (22 oz bottle: $3.49 at BevMo in La Jolla, CA) Confirmed. Pretty much, my previous review really needs no altering, but since I promised a rerate, here it is. Chocolate and roast dominate, and itís minimally sweet. The yeasty nose and flavor is still fairly prevalent, but I guess not really a negative in the grand scheme of things. The dry palate has a milky and creamy mouthfeel, but is on the watery side when compared to the average body of a porter. Everything else remains consistent from the previous rating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2655) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 26, 2004
Bottle. A dark brown to black color with a brown head. Almost stout like in presentation. A toasted grain aroma with coffee and chocoate. Robust flavors and palate for a porter. Milky, a little tart, and bitter chocolate flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2004
This porter pours with a dark brown to black body topped by a thick, light brown head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet yet slightly bitter and malty with a slight chocolate note and a bit of roastiness. The flavor is very similar with slight anise notes and a touch of sourness. Meidum to full bodied and smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (9054) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2004
A deep black body with a cola-like brown head, the aroma on this one is phenomenal. Characters of smoke, bourbon, roasted chocolate malts, and a slight hint of cream, the strength is dead on and the overall experience of the aroma is like a perfect porter. Soft initial mouthfeel, before a sudden explosion of carbonation on the tongue. Within the bubbles is a mix of smoke and milk, leading to a dry and very bitter finish full of sweet hops. Easy and thin body, but missing a bold flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2004 Very thick with a huge head and chocolate aroma. Chocolatey, bitter and nutty. Love to try this nitro but I've never seen it on tap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 24, 2003
Had at the brewpub in Larkspur. Almost black but has some brown if held to a light. Aroma is sweet and rich with some nuttiness. Flavor is very rich and complex. Roasted nuts, coffee and chocolate all evident. Nice medium body with a slight bitter aftertaste. Overall a very good porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2003
Brown color -- flat and rich. Malty sweet, mildly fruity aroma. Mild, smooth, rich, balanced flavor. The flavor is lovely, as is the mouth feel. Sweetly rich with a smoky background. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2003
A solid muddy layer of thick head that deteriorates within the minute. Nice Dark chocolate hue for the body. Oakish nuts followed up by heavy chocolate and its almost like there is a hint of rasberry right on the tip of the nose. Very thick flavors full of nuts, chocolates, carbonation and a hint of burntness. Very rich in all of the good flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JUN 2, 2003
This porter pours a deep black color with a small, mostly diminishing tan head. The aroma is full of roasted malts with chocolate and coffee hints. Medium body with soft carbonation, the mouthfeel is smooth and mildly creamy. The flavor is roasty with chocolate and coffee undertones. The finish is slightly bitter but mostly malty and full of chocolate flavors. A good porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2003
Black with a large frothy brown head that looks like a rootbeer float and is slowly diminishing. Smells of malt and coffee. Taste like roasted malt nad coffee. Has a light to medium body.

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