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RATINGS: 1199   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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.


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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crockett (1007) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 23, 2004
Pours deep brown/black with a rocky tan malted mild head. Heavily roasted aroma of chocolate and coffee. Plenty of hop. Rich, full bodied and oily. Brown sugar. A little wood and smoke. Some late citrus. Salt in the long roasted finish. Great porter.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2004
Fully black color, below a rich, tan, though woefully brief, head. Aroma is strong and powerful, rich with notes of cocoa, coffee, and butternut. Slightly oily texture, but with plenty of grit. Full body, sweet, strong, substantial, with a tasty acidity and tang. Small bitterness, and solid malt. Sweet and bitter at once. Roasty, toasty, and above all, tasty. A little syrupy toward the end, but that didnít spoil my enjoyment of this fine porter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2006 Near black with a glimpse of ruby when held to the light. Moderate light tan head. Roasted malts and coffee, along with a hint of dark cocoa in the aroma. Thicker, near oily feel. Sweet malt flavor start, intermixed with roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee. Like a fresh, rich chocolate chip cookie. When it warms the hops do come out a bit heavy, but the malts are still in play and help hold it together to the end. Thanks for the brew DocLock. Spell correct rerate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (7976) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 14, 2004
OBF 2004. Rich coffee nose, some milk, creamy cherries and a little scotch. Rich roasted malts and some burnt cherries in the flavor, lots of wood with some charred wood in the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigSwillin (3) - New Hampshire, USA - AUG 6, 2004 does not count
Full bodied and full of flavor- top notch porter. Toss up between this beer and the Scotch Ale from Smuttynose as to which is my favorite.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 5, 2004
Eclipse brown color. Medium sized white head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts and vanilla. A medium to full bodied porter. Malts are roasted, chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Hops are fairly aggressive and grapefruity. A big, bold, hoppy porter. There are also flavors of bittersweet chocolate and raisins as well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2004
Visually appealing with a black body and foamy tan head. Aroma was subdued. Some chocolate, prunes, toffee, roasted coffee. Medium body, on the watery side, slight carbonation. Flavor was bitter chocolate and coffee with some prune/raisin/plum notes. Thanks, Jeff, for the trade.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 31, 2004
dark brown with a big tan head, this porter has a nice body. good roastiness with a rich flavor. Complex, yet drinkable. This is a well done beer.


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