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RATINGS: 206   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
This is a rich, robust porter, cleverly crafted to integrate the aromas and flavors of espresso coffee malt and bitter-sweet chocolate malt. Inspired by owner Brendan Moylans’ daughter Chelsea, this is an American-Irish Style Porter that dark beer drinkers will love

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (3884) - BELGIUM - FEB 7, 2015
Robust porter seeking to connect with the rich and old porter tradition from the British Isles, named after the founder’s daughter. Interesting: "we hope to begin a new tradition of brewing (...) that any black beer lover will enjoy". These noble ambitions aside, this brew has a lot to offer indeed: colour is a very dark burgundy, not to say black, under a relatively thick, creamy, dense, pale beige head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma is strong, complex and perfumey for a 5% ABV beer, and displays everything I expect from an American interpretation of porter: tons of coffee beans, frying bacon, bitter chocolate, beef broth, raisins, fresh paint, fresh rosemary, port wine, vanilla beans, paprika, iron (but in a good, ’bloody’ kind of way - sorry), a very faint suggestion of fennel seed, faint hint of smoked herring, coffee liqueur, dried ginger, dried orange peel. Dryish and ’light’ onset, crisp, dried fruits, raisins, freshly cut vegetables (thinking celery or carrots), weak background hint of charcoal, soft carbo, with a smooth, powdery mouthfeel, middle phase consists of lingering but very restrained fruitiness over a full, soft and bready caramelly maltiness, slightly metallic but not disturbingly so, quite nutty too but low on the chocolate department, which I suppose distinguishes this from a stout. Finishes primarily malty, caramelly, but slick and not cloying at all, with peppery and earthy hops playing a balancing role, along with a long-lasting, black coffee-like roasted bitterness; alcohol remains completely hidden, as ought to be the case in a beer of this strength. This is a very fine robust porter indeed, exemplary for its style, with a remarkably high drinkability. Cheers to miss Chelsea!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ken1 (1521) - DENMARK - DEC 28, 2014
Aroma: roasted malt and fruity sweet. Flavour: roasted chocolate and fruity sweet. Watery mouthfeel. Colour: dark reddish brown with an offwhite head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (15216) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2014
Bottle from Prima Beer. Clear very dark brown with a lasting beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, roasted malt and chocolate. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and moderate bitter finish. 281214

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Idiosynkrasie (5568) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - DEC 28, 2014
650ml bottle. Jet black colour with average to huge, frothy, fairly lasting, minimally lacing, beige to tan head. Roasty dark malty aroma has notes of ignoble, coarse, but spicy coffee, , dark chocolate, cocoa powder, herbal hoppy overtones. Taste is minimally sweet, chocolately dark malty, dry to bitter dark chocolate, a touch of milk chocolate, grassy and herbal hoppy overtones, chlorophyllic-oxidized and minimally mineral; slightly too prickling carbonation. Somehow ’Dutch IPA-ic’ in its grassy, mineral, water and carbo aspects.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beertholomeus (1439) - California, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Pours black with a khaki head. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and caramel aroma and flavors. Medium body. Very creamy. Chocolate finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minamizawa (62) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2014
Foam disappear rather quickly but leaves a nose with hints of roasted malt and espresso. Taste is bitter and sweet at the same time. Overall a fine and robust porter

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kespecial (175) - - NOV 18, 2014
On draft (nitro) at Cato’s, Oakland, CA. Dark black brown with creamy light brown head. The usual nutty burnt porter flavors on nose and in taste: coffee in particular, chocolate, caramel. Reminds me a bit of Anchor’s, not quite as full as the Smuttynose (two touchstones for me w.r.t. porters). In sum, a lovely robust porter, very good if not quite the top tier. Especially worth trying if you catch it on draft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (15831) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 9, 2014
Sample at Nordic Brew 2014, Fredrikshavn, Denmark. Black beer with a decent beige head. Cocoa powder aroma, milk chocolate, caramel, roasted, licorice, some soot. Roasted cocoa powder flavor, chocolate, caramel, coffee notes. Good but a bit too much focus on the cocoa powder. 

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hman43 (803) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2014
It pours black with a medium bodied tan head. There are aromas of espresso, coffee, and a tinge of sweet chocolate. There is a complex mix of espresso and chocolate. It has a sweet-bitter combination on the way down.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (8406) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
"simply put...a huge surprise and one of the best American porters out there. big chocolatey aroma and flavor, a ton of roasted malt, and enough hops in the back to notice, all without being a huge ABV beer. Well done! had it on N2 and Co2...great both ways but on nitro...holy crap!"

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