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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
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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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6589) - 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.

3.9
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sparky (2243) - 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!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cgarvieuk (14708) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6990) - 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.

4
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 3, 2009
Hand bottle shared by iowaherkeye. Thanks! Poured a dark brown color with orange highlights. Whiffs of cocoa, toffee, and roasty malt mingled with sweet cream and coffee aromas. Mmmm. Medium bodied and delicately sweet with mild bitterness. The flavor profile included the likes of light coffee/roasty malt, milk chocolate, toffee, and citrusy hops. Really good porter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 2, 2009
I am surpised that this is not higher rated....great malt complexity and a very nice balanced finish....bottle this vinnie!!!!!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - JAN 31, 2009
On tap and on Cask, cask was a step above the keg version. Dark coco malt coffee. Richness to it. Top porter I’ve ever had. Great complex mid palate and nice finish. Texture was of course amazing as the cask conditioning really made this stand out. Keg version missed some of that but had all the complex aroma and mouth filling joyness. Really enjoyed this beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Draft at obriens russian river night. Pours deep brown almost black with a thin dark beige head. Ots of chocolate and freshcoffee, some tosted malts. A pretty damn good porter.


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