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RATINGS: 2244   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   IBU: 36   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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A delicious, dark-colored, medium-bodied ale made with roasted malted barley. It has a creamy head and a very rich, yet smooth, malty flavor.
Bittering Hops: Nugget
Beginning Gravity: 14.5 Plato
Finishing Hops: Willamette
Ending Gravity: 3.5 Plato
Malts: Two-row Barley Malt, Caramel Malt, Chocolate Malt, Black Malt, Dextrin Malt

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BigSkyman007 (202) - USA - SEP 18, 2004
I was a bit disappointed by this one. Flavor had your usual slight porter hints of chocolate and coffee. However, Sierra Nevada I feel went too overkill on the hops, as it finishes quite bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrHoppsworth (47) - USA - SEP 12, 2004
One of the best porter’s I have had. Cocholate is the dominant flavor,and hops are suprisingly,and pleasantly subdued for a sierra nevada beer. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2004
UPDATED: APR 4, 2005 This pours black with a dark brown or ruby in the lighted corners of the glass. The head is a fine tan that lasts and laces quite well. The nose is as strong and pleasant as I’ve experienced. "Roasted cocoa beans" with some plumb would perhaps describe it. Wow! The taste is a very deep and rich dark chocolate with hints of fruits - probably plumbs or raisins. The subtle complexity of numerous flavors really coat the tongue. This is a good porter, though it may be a little too bitter and it is certainly a bit out of balance. I do actually prefer the pale ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9270) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2004
Poured a dark black with a small brownish head. Aroma and smells of coffee and roasted malts. Light bitter finish. Thin finish for a porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 7, 2004
09.06.04 12oz bottle. Mahoganey ebony pour with big, lingering head. Mild roasting and coffee notes. Slight milk cocoa, dark bread. Medium bodied brew with some sweetness. Nice coffee bitterness to the finish. A good all-around porter, very well balanced. Seems to set a standard for average porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2004
Bottled. Almost black colour, with a creamy beige head. Wonderful, roasty chocolate flavour up front along with a little licorice. Mouth-filling and tasty. And pleasantly dry with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cstuartj (1015) - Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2004
A very nice example of the porter class, not ground breaking or a pusher of the edge of the genre, but all in all a great example of what a porter should be. Pours well, laces well, nose is very nice, with hops, yeast and roast playing very well together. Coffee is strong on the attack and lasts through the finish. Some dark chocolate and bitter fruit tastes play in there too. Finish long and smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2006 Pours a dark brown with ruby edges and a small beige head. Aroma and taste is of coffee, mocha, roasted malt and chocolate. Has no shortage of hops, moderately sweet. Slightly burnt and bitter aftertaste. Medium porter body with a smooth texture and moderate carbonation. Good head retention. Overall, a very solid, full-flavored porter. Recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - SEP 2, 2004
This is a very decent Porter with good flavor. Lots of good flavor with a good roasty and coffee taste. I would recommend this

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2004
Bottle. One of the Sierra products I still really like. Black with ruby around the edges. Sweet, roasted malty aroma. Taste is smaoky, coffee and light chocolate. Medium bodied with a decent hops bite. This is still one of my favorite porters.

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