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RATINGS: 2229   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 10, 2004
Ordinarily porters are not my thing. On top of that, after a dreadfully long night drinking Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, I detested the stuff. Perhaps this explains my latetimedness in probiering (trying) this brew. Pleasant was the surprise, reminiscent of Rogue Mocha Porter or possibly even Yuengling Black & Tan. It is mouth-filling and bittersweet of chocolate and complexity of malt. Really one of the better beers Iíve had lately.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ruffian (149) - montvale, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2004
Bubbly head with poor retention. Deep dark brown in color with just a hint of backlight getting through. Dry roasted chocolate aroma with little hop. Rich chocolate malt flavor, with a hint of caramel hiding behind it. The bittering compliments and accents, letting the malt complexity rule. Medium full body, subtle creaminess.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
esjoh (7) - USA - JUN 6, 2004 does not count
I like porters a lot, and this is one of the best Iíve had recently. It had a nice roasted chocolately aroma with minimal bitterness and a smooth finish which really topped off the experience. Great brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - JUN 4, 2004
I normally donít care for porters, but this one is quite nice. Pours dark with a short tan head. Smells of roasted malts, slight chocolate and spicy hops. Taste is quite flavorful, heavily roasted and pretty hoppy toward the end. Like the last rater said, good for a readily accessible porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - MAY 26, 2004
Very dark mahogony pour with a nice tan head. There are a lot of smells to this one...I noticed a salty.bitter smell like soy sauce, the sweetness of the roasted malt and a slight alcohol smell. The palate was a bit thin, and the hops tasted a perfumey to me. Overall, itís not too bad for a readily accessible porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2004
Deep roasted chocolate malt aroma. Alcohol and dry bitter chocolate flavor. Too harshly carbonated. Dry finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
chispito (21) - California, USA - MAY 23, 2004
It looked a little thin when I poured it, but that didnít seem to correspond to the mouthfeel at all. Beige head fades rather quickly. Hoppy smell foreshadows what I found to be the biggest fault: itís too hoppy for a porter. I have had stouts this hoppy and I liked them, but the combination of smoky/bitter can become just a little too much. Other than that, it was nice, with some prominent chocolate and sweet coffee, a very nicely balanced smokiness/roastedness that doesnít overbear. Prefer Anchor Porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - MAY 21, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2004 In my opinion a very front faced, average porter. Filling coffee flavor and chocolate. Deep dark brown, tan head, normal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DanielBrown (3927) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2004
Bottle from Vendome Liquor, North Hollywood, Los Angeles. The last of my US beers... Dark brown colour, rather than black, with a small white head and big lacing. A firm, dryish flavour, especially on the finish. A light bodied, thin feeling Porter. Fresh aroma. Drinkable, but not the most complex, and less exciting than my recent spate of Milds.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 15, 2004
Pours with an inch of rocky head; either Iíve completely lost all sence of smell or this really doesnít have any; mild flavor thatís quite drinkable, some roasted chocolate and coffee flavor; pretty balanced, though maybe a little on the bitter side over the finish line; this would be *great* if it had a little more malt background, or maybe just a tad less bitterness; SN knows what itís doing, though, for sure.

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