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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Ball Tick Porter. This beer was made at beer camp, yes, Beer Camp. The 25th Beer camp that Sierra has offered, included only 12 prominent beer folk from Philadelphia.

This cast of Publicans(Tom, Fergie, Spanky, Scoats, Bruce, Adam, myself and token Terry), beer writers (Don and Lew, sorry Jack), and craft distributors (Matt and Greg) rolled into Chico full of ideas; some agreeable to all, some agreeable only to one. The original name for the beer was D. Port Her. In honor of Terry, of the London Grill, who the boys constantly and unanimously voted against her style and ingredient choices 11-1 time and time again... We didnít want almonds in our beer. So, we ended up with a Philly-Style Porter; drinkable, balanced, ultra subtle hints of smoke. Roast and hops find balance in this much overlooked and unappreciated style. Try one now, and try one next year after Vinnie ages some for us in Dumol Pinot Noir barrels. Say wow. 5.8%ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2010
Draft at CAH. Pours black, with mahogany ruby red look through direct light, and 1f ow head. Nose is roasty rauchy dark malt, dark choc, molasses, hops. Tastes rich, complex, smooth, very malty, roasty, rauchy, with dark choc, molasses, and a smooth finish. This one is delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (9568) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2010
Had this while camping at BCTC this year, pouring from Kevinís truck, courtesy of Matt. Pours a deep brown to black with a thin to medium sized beige head. Toast, roast, cheerios, corn nuts and smoke. Slightly metallic roast. Toast, nuts. I was looking for dark fruit in here, didnít really find a lot of it. Chocolate and toast on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (6743) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2011
Draft @ Hulmeville Inn. Dark pour with tan head. Roasted, earthy, and a sweet aroma, with a hint of smoke and leather. Flavor is chocolate and roasted malt, some lighter sweetness, and a touch of bitterness on the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (6136) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2010
[Draft @ Teresas] Nearly opaque black color with a medium tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, burnt wood, and cocoa. Taste of roast, smoke, burnt toast, light caramel, and a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (5912) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2010
On tap, BCTC, thanks to Matt and Kevin for this one! Black pour with a large frothy light brown head that fell to a thin film and left lots of lacing. The nose is roast, chocolate, some light licorice, just a suggestion of smoke, and some light citrusy hops. The flavor is a balance between the sweet residual sugars and some slightly bitter roasted malt, giving it a whole lot of complexity. Some lighter hints of licorice still, but I donít especially get much smoke at all, light citrusy hops accent. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with light soft fizzy carbonation. Some lingering coffee and roast notes. Pretty nice beer! Glad I had the chance to try it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2010
BCTC 2010. Pours with a big head and nice carbonation- dark woody brown near black. Aroma is big thick chocolate malts, some light roast, wood, earth, leather, hints of campfire and smoke, tootsie roll and caramel. Flavor is crystal malt sweetness, chocolate malts, toffee, tootsie roll sugary sweetness, earth, smoke, leather, dust and cracker with a solid finish. Smooth at the end. nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2010
Draught at TND: Aroma of roasted malt, slight chocolate, slight hops, and a hint of vanilla. Poured extremely dark amber/dark brown in color with a large, creamy, dense, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and medium to heavily bitter. Tastes of roasted malt, slight chocolate, slight vanilla, grains, bitter hops, slight piney hops, and a hint of smoke. Medium body. Tingly, then dry texture. Average to lively carbonation. Roasted malt and slight chocolate finish is bitter and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 27, 2010
Tap at CAH. Pours a deeper brown, pushing black with a medium tan head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, light smoke and tobacco. Flavor of caramel, nuts, light smoke, chocolate and some earthy notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
italianjohn (2909) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2010
Grey Lodge on draft .... Black pour light tan thin head .... aroma of roasted and chocolate malts .... taste of vanilla, licorice, roasted and chocolate malts upfront and as you drink more the roasted malt and smoke are dominant with a light bitter finish .... kind of a thin mouthfeel .... a decent porter with a good mix of flavors

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 26, 2010
Tap at SN, listed at 5.8%. Black with clear Ruby edges and a one finger dark beige head, fair retention. Aroma is mainly mixed roasted nuts with some soy, chocolate following. Flavor turns more milk chocolatey but still has the elements of soy, light vanilla is added. Light alcohol noted. Finishes semi-dry with some grainy notes, bitterness at a 4 and kinda burnt. Moderate carbonation with a medium body. Not bad, but seems more like a big robust brown than a porter.

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