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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
This beer pours a dark ruby with a tan head. Nice Retention and a nice lace left on the glass. A visually appealing beer for sure. The nose is full of chocolate, nice roasted malts, and a nice hop presense. Very rich. Tastes very chocolatey, with a little coffee, cocoa, expresso and some dark grapes.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ghawener (1518) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - SEP 30, 2004
Bottle: Dark brown/black, pours a thick beige head but it does not last to even the half of the glass. Bitter burnt coffee, earthy taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 26, 2004
i think this was the fist porter i ever had.not the best porter,but im glad i drank it cuz now porterís are on the top of my list.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2004
A very smooth, well hopped porter with a thinner body and chocolate flavors with a smokiness to the finish. Good sweet roasty chocolate aroma over a black body with a tall tan head that quickly falls.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 24, 2004
(12 oz bottle) One of my earliest rated beers back in 1994, I noted the Sierra Nevada trademark of strongly hopped beers was clearly evident in this porter; Funny how times change, as this really isnít all that hoppy in this day and age of massive beers; Yes, itís moderately bitter and somewhat hoppy, but this just seems to display a fairly typical degree of bitterness for traditional American porters; Strong dark roasted flavor is consistently dominant from start to finish; Rather yeasty overtones as well; Full bodied with an extremely dry palate; The nose is mostly yeasty with a mild aroma of dry, dark roasted malts; Dark brown in color, but not opaque; Light tan head has excellent retention, maintaining a thin, but coating layer despite my sucking it down, and leaves quite a bit of patching lacing on the glass

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 23, 2004
Dark brown with a slight red hue... a bit lighter than Iíd expect. Fizzy off-white head that is mostly lasting. Nice chocolatey bourbon aroma. Sweet yet bitter chocolate with coffee and a slight roasted feel. Very good flavor, but slightly lacking in body. Although, this thing is still very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
emp177 (2) - state college, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2004 does not count
Pours very dark with a perfect head. Tastes and smells great. Truly a great porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (5965) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 19, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2007 I love head. This has a big one. Looks and smells much like the stout I just drank. This is smokier and lighter bodied, I suppose. Decent light hoppy bite, moderately roasted flavors. Quality brew, not that robust, very, very drinkable.

   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 porterís I have had. Cocholate is the dominant flavor,and hops are suprisingly,and pleasantly subdued for a sierra nevada beer. Good stuff.

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