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RATINGS: 151   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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This complex porter is as black as coal that fueled locomotives for generations Made with judicious amounts of crystal and chocolate malt for a rich, smooth, creamy experience. Go ahead and jump on the night train. Enjoy!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tripplebrew (767) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Pours an opaque chocolate brown with very little head, just minor tan lacing. Aroma is a nutty cherry with earthy undertones and definite vanilla notes. Flavor is nutty, vanilla, roasted malts and raisin. Body is creamy but with a more amount of carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (5613) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Bottle: Very dark brown pour with a very thin, off-white head. Aroma is mild coffee, chocolate, and mild fruit. Palate is a little thin, and the carbonation is present. On taste - the fruit element is the one that strikes me. Itís not in-your-face, but its there, and memorable. Little bit of a dry finish, very nice brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3267) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 14, 2010
12 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with Ughsmash. Pours a deep brown with a clear reddish edge that allows light to pass. Thin off-white head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left light lace. Pleasant aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and to a lesser extent coffee and caramel. The flavor is mostly roasted malt along with some chocolate, coffee, and wet cardboard. Medium bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Petrucci914 (902) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2010
Pours a black color with a medium mocha head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts, and light vanilla. Taste is much the same. I need to write more but Iíve become burnt out on Porters/Stouts.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Guerde (1148) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 6, 2010
(bottle) Pours a dark brown/black with ruby around the edges when held up to the light, and a very thin dark tan head that leaves a ring around the glass. Aroma is heavy on chocolate, dark roasted malt, light smoke, and burnt oatmeal raisin cookies. Aromatically this beer walks a fine line, as itís close to being over-roasted, but I cannot pick up any of the vegetal character, so Iíll keep it at a 7. Flavor also possesses some nice chocolate, but this is briefly interrupted by a flavor of oxidized wet coffee grounds in the mid-palate before ending on a pleasantly roasty note thatís coupled with some dark chocolate. Not much else here besides the aforementioned flavors. Mouthfeel is medium with a touch too much carbonation. Having had a test batch of this previously, I can say that this beer is no longer infected. The only problem with that is I found that the infected batch tasted better than this bottling (the green apple really worked with the other flavors).

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Juelze (1135) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Aroma is of bakers chocolate, light hops, light coffee, and mild dark fruit. Taste is of bitter chocolate, hops, spent coffee ground and mild fruit flavor. Creamy mouthfeel and bittersweet finish. Not digging this one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (2100) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2009
This is a straight on, just plain good olí beer. Served with an great light tan foamy frothy head that lasts a while and good lace. Color is an opaque dark brown. Aroma is rich, roasty, malty, earthy, some cocoa, a bit of coffee and a hint of beer bitterness. Flavorís about the same but lots more of it. Great body and carbonation. Good finish although a bit boozy. Could be a slower session beer. Solid beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EHopper (619) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Black with dense tan head. Smokey, sour coffee ground aroma with hint of old grain bin. Taste leans towards sour, with a presentation that is a bit thin, and has a nice bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2009
pours dark brown like any good porter. nose is vanilla and cotton candy with slight molasses. taste is candy sugar sweetness and slight woody oak with a hint of vanilla. this is an excellent porter, certainly among one of my favorites.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2009
Red-brown pour, open beige head, spotty lace. Nicely harmonized blend of chocolate and cherry aromas with a hint of underlying ash. Flavor built around a generous dosing of chocolate malts, red fruit flavors are up front and a strong second component. Overall sweet with just enough citric hops for balance. Medium to full body; bright, lively palate. An excellent porter.


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