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RATINGS: 1207   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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A hearty ebony colored ale that starts with a rich malty palate finished with clean hops and notes of coffee and chocolate.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chandernagor (39) - Oak Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2004
Black with a large tan head. Aroma is rather sweet, with chocolate, caramel and raisins, but roasted as well. Flavor starts sweet (chocolate, brown sugar) and quickly turns into a bitter espresso-like taste, with smoke and burnt at the end. Light carbonation and oily texture. This ends up so bitter it is almost salty...

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDalkoholic (2146) - Linda Vista, California, USA - NOV 3, 2004
Beautiful thick khaki head that is huge at first but will minimize to a thin frothy head. Lacing leaves a bit of a smeared tan residue on the glass. Aroma is sweet caramel and smells just like mocha ice cream. Strong in its taste compared to other porters but then again thats why its called robust porter. A rich flavor of cocoa bean and caramel syrup. Light chocolate added but is barely noticeable. Thanx Eyedrinkale

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2006 Trade from Eyedrinkale. Thanks. Smelled like warm just baked chocolate cookies and fresh brewed coffee. Poured like a stout. Dark black with a pinky thickness head that stuck around. Looked like a perfect stout pour instead of a light frothy porter. Flavor was creamy chocolate malts, but still roasty and full in the middle with a slightly bitter black chocolate and coffee finish. The taste of a stout too just thinned down a little. Bitter end, but more of the chocolate and coffe and even some very mild sweetness. Appropriate porter mouthfeel. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2004
Rating #300 and glad I picked this to be it. Very dark, very roasted aroma. Amazing coffee taste with a hint of chocolate. All roasty and toasty. Címon cowboy light your fire!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2004
Pours a dark black with a large brown head. Aroma is bitter sweet chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Flavor is more coffee than chocolate but both are dominant. Lightly bitter finish. a little thin, light body. Medium length finish of bitterness and coffee.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2004
Poured a dark black with a large (3 finger) brown head. Strong chocoalte aroma with roasted malts. Coffee comes out in the taste. Lightly bitter finish. Solid porter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Poured black with nice lasting brown head...roasty aroma with hints of sweet chocolate and coffee...taste was rich and roasty...mild chocolate but a lot of coffee for a porter...still a little thin for me...finish was coffee hop bitter...great porter though!!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2004
This beer poured a thick, viscous, black vile color with a massive orangey head which provided plenty of lacing on my glass. The aroma was strong then whafted away very quickly with chocolate, heavy hops, grass and coffee/mocha notes being present. The carbonation level is light even though it look menacing on the initial pour. The flavor is thick and syrupy, very west coast in its porter approach..one helluva hop bitterness in the finish. Chocolate grainyness, dry, smokey, a hint of pork its so smokey...malty but IBUeeeeeeyyyy bitterness in the finish. Thick and viscous in taste...medium to full bodied..leaning more toward the latter.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 14, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2004 2004 bottle. From my oversized snifter this thing is just pitch black. I held it to a bunch of different lights and looked at it from all angles. Black. Huge creamy mocha head and a small amount of fine sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Iím going to start off by talking about the flavor because this beer is about one thing, black malt. Wow. It dosent come on heavy at first, but itís definitely dominant even from the start. Bitter, black roast coffee. Iím thinking, "Iíve never done it, but I bet sucking on coffee rinds kinda tastes like this." Itís not all coffee, roast and bitterness though, there is some lingering sweetness that peeks in, probably some light chocolate malt. Rich and bitter it remains, with some black licorice notes as well. On the finish, I detect some alcohol mixed in with the extreme bitterness. Hops are done right, in its defense, making a big but not ridiculous appearance (or is it the bitterness from the roasted malt? the bitterness comes at you from every angle). Towards the end of the bottle and after the beer has warmed fully, the black malt takes over completely and it just gets out of control. My last few sips as I polish this off are all black, bitter, burnt notes. The mouthfeel really saves this one though, adding a smooth, creamy, medium-full body, with only minimal carbonation. It naturally follows that the aroma would be quite weak, as black malt does not tend to be a friend of powerfully full aromas. Itís a good roasty, lightly chocolatey aroma, but not what it should be for the force of this beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - SEP 28, 2004
Pours black with a minimal tan head. Sweet aroma. Rich, coffee taste with a bitter chocolate aftertaste. A very well done porter. More on the bitter side than others.


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