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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   ABV: -
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Fashioned with the English tradition in mind, our rich, dark porter is an artful blend of prized ingredients from home and abroad. Its smooth character comes from a blend of domestic pale and caramel malts, and imported English crystal and chocolate malts — all of which are balanced with Nugget and Willamette hops. For the finale, the beer is tempered near the end of its brewing journey with East Kent Goldings — arguably the world’s finest hop. The resulting porter is robust and hop-rich, but smooth enough to enjoy…one after another.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Headbanger (3249) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2014
12oz bottle(Old Notes)-Pours a dark brown/almost black with ruby tints. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and hops. Taste of the same with the hops being prominent on the back end. This medium to full bodied brew is well balanced.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2010
Portland Brewing Company, Inc.--Haystack Black Beer--1997 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. Sampled 8/1/1998. Portland Brewing Company, Inc.--Haystack Black Porter--1998 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. (2.0 / 5.0) Clear dark rusty red color. Enticing hint of carbonated chocolate and spice in front dissolves in thin body. Finishes dry. Not much to this one. Sampled 3/27/1999. Portland Brewing Company, Inc.--Haystack Black Beer--1999 22 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. (3.25 / 5.0) Clear dark red color. Hoppy floral front with a little chocolate hint. Medium body has light roasted fruit and chocolate flavor. Hop Spice finish and cloying chocolate malt flavor. Hops over Porter. Sampled 9/28/1999.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2009
Miss this one, was one of the best offerings from the Portland/Pyramid/MacTarnahan’s conglomeration. Smooth mouth, light chocolate and coffee with a small earthy hop bent. Solid offering in all ways.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chandahar (3) - Westfield, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2008 does not count
This is one of my favorite Microbrews. It has a unique flavor with a nice finish. It doesn’t overpower the palate, nor does it linger for a long period of time. If you’re a dark beer lover pick up a Haystack Black and give it a go. Note: If you find a bottle in a basement...best to leave it and go buy one fresh.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GRM (2939) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2007
Brown bottle, 355 ml, Oktoberfest evening at Marc Gratton’s, savoured on April 20 2007; eye: black with burgundy reflections, tiny beige head, opaque, no effervescence; nose: caramelized malt, cocoa, vanilla is quite present, light hops, light olive; mouth: surprisingly thin, roasted malt, cocoa, chocolate, watery finale, lightly lactic, a bit of bitterness, lightly acrid, medium body; overall: enjoyed though a bit thin FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 355 ml, soirée Oktoberfest chez Marc Gratton, savourée le 20 avril 2007; oeil : noire avec des reflets bourgogne, petite mousse beige, opaque, pas d’effervescence; nez : malt caramélisé, cacao, vanille assez présente, léger houblon, légère olive; bouche : curieusement mince, malt torréfié, cacao, vanille, chocolat, finale aqueuse, légèrement lactique, petite amertume, légère âcreté, corps moyen; en résumé : apprécié mais un peu mince

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 10/15/1996
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub

very dark amber, scant head, slight malt aroma, heavy chocolate flavor

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Score: **+/4
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1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 18, 2007
My brother-in-law found this in a relatives basement, so we figured what the hell. Mistake made, lesson learned. Very watery, no flavor, and funky aftertaste made this a bad bottle of what looks like was a decent beer at one point in time.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (3223) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Pours a nice brownish black color. Aromas of espresso, chocolate, and a hint of bitter smoke. Flavor has a burnt chocolate/coffee taste to it, just a touch of hops coming in at the end. Damn fine porter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2005
A very good offering from these guys. Pours very dark, with a nice foamy head. Aroma is slightly chocolate, but not overly so. Flavor is a little more mellow than I expected, but still shows a lot of malt and body. Very thick mouthfeel, fairly creamy. Good stuff.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (9790) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2005
Bought in June 2004, California.Sampled on the 3rd Jan. 2005. Deep black porter with thick dissipating moka head. Milk chocolate in aroma with a nice powdery sweet cocoa in mouth, and a nice smoked peat in finish. The hops are long gone from this beer. Very short in mouth.


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