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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
A dark, full bodied beer, with overtones of coffee and roasted barley, that is slightly sweet, with just enough hops to balance out the full malt flavor.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brigadier (3295) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2011
12 ounce bottle
Shipwrecked isn’t known for good beer and this one is no exception. Thanks to Tom for the bonus in a recent trade. Giving it a shot before cracking open some better stuff my expectations were about on par with the experience. Short on depth the flaw here is that the flavors are thin as if diluted with lake water.

Aroma / Appearance - Fluid black, the beer sits idly as if trying to hide in the corner at a popular bar. Black licorice, malt, and a bit of thin coffee try to spark interest. Even after the nose alone I get a bit bored.

Flavor / Palate - The thinness extends to the mouthfeel which feels like watered down coffee the day after it was originally brewed. The light touch is mild. The whole time I keep expecting something to change. If it were a bit stronger it might be a good example of the style. Currently it is an example of how not to make a porter while still following the recipe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10228) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2011
Bottle… Pours black with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. Nice vanilla and mocha nose. Medium to full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Very roasty and well hopped–burnt and moderately bitter. A little cardboardy, but not enough to be annoying. Finishes up much the same – scorched and mildly bitter with a hint of cardboard. Nice effort. Hey, thanks Dad!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Frank (3541) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2011
This is a fairly middle of the road porter on the lighter side w/ some minor flavor flaws that do not affect drink-ability too much. It is mildly oasty and a bit on the sweet side but not so much so that that it’s sticky or cloying. Underneath the surface there is a hint of buttery flavor which may or may not be diacetyl but is nonetheless not strong enough to be distracting. Palate is smooth but a touch on the watery side w/ carbonation that is perhaps just a bit too mild. i like what they were trying to do here which is make a lighter but still flavorful beer but the execution is not quite there. This stuff in new to my area so hopefully that means the brewery is new or recently expanded and we’ll see this come together a bit better in the future.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (9759) - Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2011
I was surprised by this one, by far the best brew in this brewery’s lineup. It has a roasty aroma, chocolate in the flavor. It is a bit smoother and waterier in mouthfeel for the style, but it is extremely drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2010
12 oz bottle; clear, dark brown with thin dark tan head; light, dry roast with a little chocolate and dry oat; drinks thin and bone dry; more roast than your average porter, so I’m digging that; flavor profile is a little light though; some more body too and this would be killer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GranvilleTim (1778) - Granville, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2010
Dark pour with a light tan head. Aroma-roasted malt. Taste- little creamy, low carbonation, roasted malt, a bit thin! Little sweetness, not much. Nice lacing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jakebra (22) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Roasty. Nutty. Where’s the porter? Tastes like an overbearing brown ale. Oh well, not offensive in any way.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
twindadplus2 (633) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Deep reddish black with no real head to speak of. Bittersweet chocolate aroma with a hint of caramel. Dark roasted malt flavor with a nutty coffee undertone. Medium bodied with a creamy, bitter finish. A pretty satisfying porter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scubatrip (605) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2010
On tap at the brewpub, pours black with a sweet chocolate and malty nose. Taste is bitter chocolate, porter-esque, a bit watery. Ok beer, maybe the best they had this weekend, but nothing to go out of your way for.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fidelis83 (2213) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Pours a clear, very dark brownish red with a thin beige head. Aroma is sweet caramel, chocolate, coffee, grainy malt, buttery roasted nuts and an odd toasty wheat bread note. Flavor is sweet, light roast coffee, chocolate, roasted nuts and a roast note that waits till the finish to show up along with some light metallic notes. Palate is light bodied, slightly creamy on entry turning pretty dry fairly quickly. Not bad, pretty tame for a porter though.

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