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RATINGS: 2306   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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2005
Another one from the pack of "old faithfuls". Pours a dark black color, with a medium head. Aroma is roasty malts. A medium bodied porter. More chocolate than coffee in the nose. This beer is also a little hoppier than most porters. Smooth taste. A nice drinkable porter, nothing fantastic, just consistently good. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (5567) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2005
Bottle: Roasted coffee and light chocolate aromas. Pours a dark brown with red hilights when held to the light. Real nice tan head with excellent retention. Light caramel up front with a nice roasted coffee, light dark chocolate, and citrus hop finish. Very nice porter.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
celogan (202) - Oroville, California, USA - JAN 11, 2005
Bottle poured very dark as youíd expect. Tan head that didnít last very long but just barely remained . Not much lacing in this pour. Carbonation was pretty decent nose was malty and fortetaste was chocolaty coffee even a tad of Postem, with a very slight bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel was satisfying. All in all a pretty good Porter.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 6, 2005
pours a deep black (ruby hi-lights in the light) with a fully developed light tan head that leaves moderate lace. nose roasty and malty, with an almost tobacco-like hint from the Willamettes. flavor rounder and less sharp than the color and aroma would imply. really an awesome porter, with great chocolate flavors. easy to drink, too.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2005
Bottle. As always, a nice nose of hops, hops, and more sweet West Coast hops from Sierra Nevada. Nice dark ruby black color with small creamy head. Great bite with porter strength. Coffee, Cocoa and pure hop flavor. Great stuff as always from these guys. I just donít know why they put the twist off caps on these great beers... it must be that laid back California attitude. Nice dry stout-like bite. Another success!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
darkstar (69) - Eureka, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Not much aroma at all. Some barley scent. Typical beautifuly dark porter. Initial head was nice, but quickly diminished into smaller version. Some lacing. Bitter chocolate, hints of coffee, roasted flavor, nuts. Tasted kind of weak and light in my mouth, possibly due to the Bells Third Coast Ale I drank prior to this. Probably need to give it another chance.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2004
Bottle. Very dark with an impressive tan head. Roasted malt aroma with a noticeable hoppiness. Crisp, roasty, dry (too) hoppy flavors. Malt and mouthfeel was a tad weak, but the flavor was pretty good. Fairly quick, dry finish. Not the best out there, but not a bad choice by a longshot.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (3683) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 26, 2004
Bottle. Very dark brown (almost black) with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate and well roasted malts. Nice on the palate. Hops come through and add a tinge of bitterness that makes this a first rate Porter. This brewer makes good stuff, and this is no exception.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2004
bottle. deep dark brown with a small white head. aroma is roasty with some hops. smooth creamy texture is just heavenly. hoppy and chocolately. very dry. superb balance. A very well constructed porter that Iíll probably pick up more of.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Pouring black with a huge creamy tan head, this smells of hard roasted barley, burnt chocolate, and a bit of nuttiness. Itís got a dry roasted malt flavor with hints of chocolate and coffee. Itís got a nice, snappy bitter finish. This is a good drink.


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