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RATINGS: 1299   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2006
Wow, one of the best selections Iíve tried from smuttynose. Recommended from my man at Colonial Spirits in Acton. Lets get to the beer. This beer pours a magnificent dark chocolate brown, and leaves a very thin tan lace that continues with the beer as you drink it. The smell is chocolate, caramel, coffee, dark fruit, and a piney leafy essence. As this beer hits the palate it hits you with a kick of espresso hopped chocolate bitterness and finishes with a smooth caramel fruit blast. This is one the best and most complex beers Iíve had from Smuttynose it is great and def recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2008 When I first rated this beer, I felt that the hop bitterness overcompensated for the malt sweetness/body. I know my palate has changed, and maybe the beer has as well, but I can’t find fault with this beer as it currently stands. If I were to be executed, my last meal would be an appetizer of raw oysters, an entree of spicy hickory barbecued ribs, and dessert of some kind of dark chocolate. Each course would be served with this beer, or something damn similar!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2006
Pours with a large tan head on a dark brown body. Strong aroma of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Coffee flavor with an intense licorice bitterness at the end. Good body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2011 Bottle on 03/21/2011. Dark black body with a medium creamy tan head. Sweet roast, chocolate and dry caramel aroma. Sweet roast, chocolate, coffee and dry caramel flavor with a firm bitter finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation. - 7/5/7/4/15 - 3.8 01/21/2006: Pours a thick dark black color with a large creamy brown head that lasts a while. Roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Rich coffee flavor with chocolate and nutty tones. 7/5/8/3/16 - 3.9

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (11155) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2006
Deep dark black porter with a thin moka head. Sweet chocoalte malts and light hops in aroma. Sharp crisp chocolate malts with coffee notes, roasted and pleasant. Rich nuts and nice hops in finale. Rich and sharp. On tap at Clarkís Ale House, Summer 2005.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
altkencru (143) - USA - NOV 4, 2005
Great! Iíve heard some have had bad bottles of this. Iíve never had a bad one, so it remains a top of the line porter for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkgrenwel (602) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Looks beautiful in the glass with a big brown head and rich brown body. Tastes like peanut butter and malt. Creamy texture. A bit sweet, but not too much. Nice dry roasty bitterness in the finish. A slight touch of alcohol. Really nice beer for the fall or winter. Just feels goo to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2005
Bottled. Pours black with a soft tan head. Aroma is roasted, malty, spicy. Taste is roasted dark malts and coffee

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2005
Very dark black pour, large dark tan frothy head. Lactic cocoa and pine Earthy sweet coffee taste. Very good qualities, though, a lot of the forefront had a piney quality that didnít seem to fit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2005
Bottle from dirtymike. Thanks! Pours a rich, dark brown with a healthy head and nice lacing. Aroma is coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Flavor is a bit of sour malt with a fusion of coffee and a hint of cherry in the finish. Palate is thin, but satisfactory. A good porter.

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