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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

   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.

   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.

   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!!!!!!

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 28, 2009
On tap at the Russian River brewpub in Santa Rosa. Dry roasty up front with a nice roasty finish, this is a tasty porter

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4445) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 22, 2009
Tap at RR. Pours a deeper brown with lots of amber notes and a smaller bubbly off white head that left spotty lacing. Aroma of a nice milk chocolate, lightly roasted malt, orange, hints of vanilla and light coffee. Flavor of chocolate milk with a touch of bitter dark chocolate, cappucino and toffee. Some orangey hop notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lb4lb (2495) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Pours dark maroon to brown with a beige head. Smell is roasty and mildly malty. Taste is dusty, roasty, and mildly coffe like with a light to medium body. Medium carbonation. Standard solid roasty fresh porter and very enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JAN 15, 2009
12oz handbottle from iowaherkeye. I’m guessing this was bottled from a growler but it has a nice big head and carbonation so no complaints. Pours a very rich black with a thick 2 finger tan head. Nose is fantastic with a huge punch of chocolate and toffee. Taste is rich with bitter chocolate and evocative chocolate malts. Cocoa is present as is a bittersweet quality. This is a fantastic porter. It wouldn’t hurt RR to bottle something unlike what makes them so famous, especially this, since I think it is damn excellent. Thanks Joey!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (3473) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 13, 2009
On tap at Toronado in SF. Nicely done porter, one I could drink all night. Dark brown, nearly black in color with tan head. Coffee, bitter cocoa, and roastiness on the aroma. Same on the flavor, lots of coffee and some licorice. Smooth mouthfeel.

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