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RATINGS: 1344   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
A hearty ebony colored ale that starts with a rich malty palate finished with clean hops and notes of coffee and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2006
Tap at Hop Devil Grill. Black beer with a thin off-white head. Aroma is quite simple, black malt, herbal hoppiness as well as some dark caramel. Low chocolate character, but a very prominent anise/licorice aroma. Flavour is very herbal, licorice, toast and a lingering earthy hoppiness. Light roast, but the earthy and herbal notes drive the show here. Tasty and quite distinctive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (3365) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2006
Black color small white head. Aroma is smokey, roasted w/ some chocolate. Flavor is roasted coffee w/ some chocolate and caramel help to lend a bit of depth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wintersdying (49) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 12, 2006
dark brown/black pour w/ slighty tan head and lacing. coffee and chocolate notes all over the place, hop notes come though nicely, and balanced through and through. one of the best all around porters i’ve had, and would be a ’classic’ example of the breed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2006
pours dark brown with a tan head. fantastic aroma. rich mocha with some vanilla and cherry. beautifully balanced flavor. bittersweet mocha and hops. medium body. finish smooth bittersweet slightly acidic mocha. fantastic drinkable porter. everything a porter should be. this might just be a new favorite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
auerbrau (3197) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2006 12 Oz Bottle. Aroma is unique, with flowering bouquets of heavily roasted caramel, expertly blending with Lindt Hazlenut chocolate and a shot of Kahlua. A delicate sea breeze salt and great roasted character. Deep black pool of liquid, with a rosy glint of North Carolina star sapphire, topped with a frothy swirling tempest of tan Stellwagen sea foam. Flavor continues along the lines of the aroma, but is a major dissapointment. The rich creamy malts soon fade into a watered down love. An alacrity of sewage pond vapors and angry bees cacophonates a incestuous steam train of weak coffee grounds, drippings from a melted Hershey bar, and a Margarita glass edged in Kosher salt. The oaky hull of a sloop fades into the distance of this beer, with biting cinnamon and lacksidasical roasted beet sugars. Palate maintains oak dryness. A slow let down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2965) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Well, if you like porters, this is a fine example. Poured the dark brown to black color with some mahoganey edges. Two finger head and pretty good lacing. The aroma was mostly roasted coffee. This wasn’t that complex and I didn’t pick up on all the nuances that some others have: pretty much roasted (not smoked) coffee was the feature, and there were some citrus hops in the somewhat bitter finish (but certainly not assertive). Mouthfeel was moderate to heavy within style and somewhat carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2006
Superbly chocolately and rich porter. On tap at Hop Devil in NYC. Clean roasty nose with a slight bitter edge. The bitterness works well in the flavor to complement the smooth chocolate. A wonderful porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 31, 2006
From a 12 oz. long neck brown bottle with a bottled/freshness date along the left side of label. Made a good appearance, poured a thickish dark brown with foamy tan head that settled into a thin lacing, small amount of ringed sticking, moderate carbonation. Had a delicious roasted malty nose, chocolate, caramel and hints of coffee and dark fruits. A crisp, slick and creamy smooth medium bodied mouth feel, good drinkability. Roasted fresh dark coffee with a dose of sweeten chocolate, a burnt malt bitterness, followed by lightening fruitiness and a dry roasted malty finish. A great tasting porter, highly quaffable, well worth trying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kevin (2159) - New Mexico, USA - MAY 25, 2006
Popped this bottle that I received from ilinismitty while cooking lasagna and listening to a song that reminds me of a woman from my past. This poured black with a thick coffee with cream head. Wonderful rich mocha and grass hop nose. A nice vanilla cream note to the aroma, I really like this aroma, some nuttiness mixes with the spicy hop I keep going back to coffee when I stick my nose in the glass, but it is not due to a roast note, although there is a bit of that, it is just that kind of rich sweetness that a chocolate coffee drink has, or one with a nice dose of Irish cream or somesuch. Thick cocoa biscuit flavor. Then a wet coffee ground flavor and a mocha finish. Christwagons, this is good. Nice finish of hops, grass mainly, but a bit of herbal flavor too that accents the cocoa and chocolate with a fine touch. Thanks for this bottle Sean, I will get more. As for the food in the oven, it smells fine, and the woman is still living back beyond a bridge I burned to the ground. The future looks better with beer this good. Ap-5 ar-8 tas-8 pal-5 ov-18

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2006
The color of dark chocolate with the smell of fresh coffee. The body was smooth and firm with the taste of freshly roasted coffee and chocolate. Creamy aftertaste. Highly recommended.

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