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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
In 1996 a little brewpub named Cervecerias La Cruda opened in downtown San Diego. While open for less than a year, the beers were nothing short of remarkable, and that fall, brewer Troy Hojel and his assistant, Tomme Arthur, won the Gold Medal for Robust Porters at the Great American Beer Festival. The Makanudo Porter was only the third San Diego beer to ever to earn a GABF medal. 2011… San Diego is now the epicenter of Craft Brewing and our homebrewing community thrives like never before. This past April Troy Hojel, Skip Virgilio and Tomme Arthur, each a homebrewer who followed their dreams and turned pro, reunited for the first time in 15 years and recreated that legendary La Cruda Porter. Their hope was to send a message in a bottle out to homebrewers everywhere: Never stop daring, Never stop experimenting. An most of all, never stop imagining the places beer can take us.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10601) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle... Pours murky and brown with a small, creamy, off-white head. The aroma is roasty and chocolaty with a touch of vanilla. Medium to full-bodied with vibrant carbonation. As goes the nose, so goes the flavor - lightly sweet and quite roasty with a moderate measure of chocolate. Finishes bittersweet (more bitter than sweet) and dry. Bottle courtesy of richiesd!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beese (2570) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle at BrewDog, Camden on 10 Mar 2012. Poured a really dark brown, with a dense beige head. Aroma of dark malt, caramel and woodchips. Dark fruits in the flavour, with blackberries, cereal and dark chocolate. Cocoa in the finish with burnt malt and some coffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ineedbeer (1816) - Oakland, California, USA - MAY 12, 2013
Aroma is fairly fruity with some balanced roast and chocolate malt but the malt is fairly subdued. The fruit is plum, cherry an fig. Slight oxidation notes. Medium caramel an light toffee character. Pours a dark brown with ruby an garnet highlights. Very clear beer. Thick, medium head with decent persistence that slowly recedes leaving a film on the edges. Flavor is maltier than the aroma with some balanced chocolate an roast, but balanced more towards roast. Very fruity with cherry, plum and fig. Some caramel and toffee. Moderate bitterness. Some light coffee notes. Low astringency. Slight oxidation in the flavor as well. Mouthfeel is medium light bodied and a touch watery with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall a nice beer, but I let it age for way too long and it has become overly estery and a bit oxidized. The malt character seems to have faded but I remember it was nice when fresh. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (22063) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2013
2nd September 2012
Opaque dark brown porter, good pale tan head. Smooth palate, a little dry and airy. Light touch of dark malt, no roast or bitterness but some sweet lactose. A little tang. Touch of fruits, well buried. Light dry finish. Something of an ephemeral porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (11965) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 5, 2013
from Erzbierschof - very dark brown beer almost black with a poor head retention; roiasted aroma of black chocolate, notes of tar; tasty and lively palate, a good malt body, a subtle yet fair carbonation, moderate bitterness; the finish is fizzy, quite dry with long notes of chocolatey and roasted malts and some hop presence as well; light harshness and slightly sour

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (6459) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2013
12oz bottle. It pours a dark brown colour with a large tanned head. Aroma is mostly roasty with chocolate, nuts and some earthy notes. Taste is sweet-acidic with typical porter notes mixed to an unexpected fruitiness, like a sour berry or something. Silky in the mouth with moderate carbonation. One of a kind.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Finn (6291) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2013
Flaske 1 pint 6 fl. oz. spandert av Rune under bonusseanse i Skibotn 5 Okt 12. Ultramørkebrun. Bra skum med litt farge. Varer en liten stund men flater nesten helt ut. God sjokolade/kakaoaroma. Smaken er sjokolade og forsiktig røstet malt. Veldig tydelige smaker. Innholdsrik etikett. KI=4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
DesertDevil (685) - Arizona, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle at a NYE tasting. Pours a very clear brown. Sweet malty aroma with notes of coffee, maple syrup, and biscuit. Crisp taste of syrupy malt goodness with a slight hoppy back and some walnut. Nice porter. Only complaint is the palate is a bit thin for the style. 

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daje (3999) - NORWAY - DEC 7, 2012
Bottle. Deep dark brown body, creamy espresso head. Roasty and sweet aroma, coffee, walnut, cocoa. Taste follows with chocolate, roast, licorice and hay. Good balanced. Dry bitterness, roasty cocoa finish. Quite enjoyable!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
esp0r (2729) - NORWAY - OCT 20, 2012
Bottle from Vika enjoyed at home
Pours dark brown, black in glass, tanned head. Smells of chocolate, yeast, roasted malts some dark and dried fruits. Taste is medium sweet, quite dry, completed with som hints of chocolate and dried fruits. Moderate bitter, quite earthy. A very true to style porter. A nice one

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