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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
Six malts and four hops go into this tasty dark ale. Hints of toffee, caramel, and chocolate are evident from aroma to finish in this approachable robust porter. 1.059 O.G / 40 BUs

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 3, 2009
So let’s try and fix the deleted rating thing. My original rating I think was around a 3.9, and from the batch brewed in (I think) December 2008. This rating is from the newest batch late March 2009. Clear very deep ruby brown with a one finger tan head, creamy but fading to a thick ring and film before long. Aroma of milk chocolate, roasted malts, and a tinge more black patent than I like. The previous batch had some nice pine hops behind, but am having trouble finding them here. The flavor does have a little more pine hops, but not as much as the last batch, which is one of the reasons it was so good. I think the last batch was slightly more 3F Alpha Klaus-ish, but not near that hoppy. There is some chocolate again (I remember a little bit of Whoppers in the last batch that is absent as well). Dry finish with again, a little more burnt black patent than I’d wanted. Bitterness was at a 3. Light to moderate carbonatiom with a medium-light body. It seems that this batch is missing that hoppy Russian River trademark (as well as another few things), which just puts this as a little above average for me. This latest batch the rating is probably @ a 3.3, so I’m attempting an average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 26, 2009
At RR, pours deep brown with two finger thick dark tan head. A bit muted in the nose, but some light coffee and roasted malt comes through. The flavor is full and smooth, with bittersweet chocolate, caramel, coffee and a hint of roasted malt. Creamy on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 26, 2009
On tap at brewery. Black with a creamy tan head. Sweet roasty coffee and chocolate aroma and taste. With a nice silky smooth palate. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamGamgee (2451) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Draught at the brewpub. Dark brown with a beige head. Creamy chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Lots of chocolatey and toasty malt flavors with a hoppy, bitter finish. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. A really tastey, hoppy take on porter, though it might be even better with a beefier malt profile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (7563) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 18, 2009
On tap at the brewery. This dark brown ale poured with a miniscule tan head and a nutty aroma. There is a smooth roasted malt flavor with toffee and a little coffee. There is a slightly bitter hop finish, which is uncharacteristic for this style. Overall, very pleasant and drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Aroma is cocoa, very roasted. Very nice, if simple! Lots of licorice and a decent amount of hops on the taste, slight alcohol, smoke, molasses, cocoa. Starts off slightly over-carbonated, but the aggressive hopping takes over quickly and the molasses and chocolate begin to make an appearance mid-palate. This is definitely a Russian River take on the style. There’s nothing shy about this porter. Not much sugar left in this brew. Finishes with a lot of lingering hop bitterness, some smoke, molasses. Lingers, but does not cloy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2009
Hand bottle courtesy of Iowaherkeye – thanks Joey! Pours a dark reddish brown with a 2 finger tan head that leaves very nice lacing. Joey must be the master hand bottler, as I’ve had this for awhile and it’s still perfect! The nose is chocolate and cocoa with some toasted malt in the background. The taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee with some pine hops in the finish. Medium-to-full creamy mouthfeel. Very nice porter – thanks again Joey!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cgarvieuk (17335) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 20, 2009
Hand bottle at home ... Big thanks to iowaherkeye for this ... WOW ... this is only 5.5% is appears much stronger ... deep black thin tan head ... deep smooth chocolate malts... soft dark toasted fruits nose ... Rich roast malts again very smooth ... rich chocolate toffee ... good depth with quite a lot of hops in background ... Really quite stunning ... But id have put it much higher ABV... Realy nice beer to sink into

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7484) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2009
On tap at the brewpub. Pours deep dark brown with firm slightly lumpy light mocha head. Great looking brew. Some sheet lacing was left behind clinging to the glass. The modest aroma has notes of roasty to burnt malts moving toward light amounts of earthiness and molasses. The taste starts roasty with a pulse of astringency. It then moves into moderate burnt malts by midway to go along with a touch of earthiness mixing with hints of sweet molasses. Into the finish the roasty burnt malts swell to take over the flavor but in a restrained manner. Into the after taste roasty to burnt notes persist for a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2009
On tap at O’Brien’s. Pours a dark cocoa black color, mostly opaque, with a moderate head of frothy tan. Rich chocolate malt aromas with mild notes of coffee and roast. A pleasant layer of toffee adds another layer of subtle malt complexity to the nose. Medium bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel with a chewy texture but moderately, dry, clean finish. A bold chocolate maltiness jumps out up front on the palate, thick with dark malt flavors, but restrained enough to keep from crossing over into roast territory. A pleasing amount of toffee adds further malt depth without detracting from the roast. Finishes clean, with a pleasant chocolate flavor lingering. Rich and full bodied without being overly sweet.

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