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RATINGS: 1201   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
djrevnoir (26) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2004
Delicious porter aroma, nothing bad or out of the ordinary. Nice, deep, dark, brown colour, just what a porter should be. Head dissipated rather quickly, but I didn't leave very large head to begin with. Flavour is delicious, a bit bitter - but that should decrease a little as the beer warms up. Perfect palate, not too thick like a certain Irish stout we all know, not thin at all. Feels just right.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 28, 2003
Deep chocolate brown. The tan head rose to great heights then subsided all at once. Smell is bitter chocolate and cinnamon; taste is bitter chocolate, coffee, cinnamon and molasses. A decent attempt to combine the porter and spiced Winter beer styles.
Earlier Rating: 7/5/2003 Total Score: 3.8
Black color, light brown head. Delicious aromas of coffee, chocolate and vanilla promise good things to come. The taste is espresso coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate overlaid with a peppy hoppy bite. The finish is smooth with a lingering bitterness and a touch of alcohol warmth. One I'll buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2003
12 oz: Thick, opaque darkness; Black. Hearty aroma, thick with smoke, burnt toast, alcohol, raisins, roasted berries, and dark cocoa powder. A bit chalky on the palate, that somehow turns milky and smooth in the finish. Flavours are chocolately nuts, earthy fruits (plums), and alcohol. In all the flavour was a bit one dimensional, but tasty no less.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2003
Very dark black with ever so slight hints of ruby. A medium creamy tan head. The arom is very nice, hppy grapefruit then loads of chocolate and roasted malts. The flavor is more choclate less hops but still very nice. The body is medium-full and very smooth. A slight bit of plastic flavor develops on the palate after a bit, but it does not detract from the overall beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2003
Dark brown approaching black. Full, thick, brown head. Super roasty aroma. Burnt toast, coffee, bitter chocolate and a caramel or molasses sweetness. Average body. The flavor is strong and intensely bitter and roasted. Burnt toast dipped in burnt coffee. Some hops in the finish to compliment the roasted character. A nice straight up roasty porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2003
Bottle. Poured nice and dark with light coffee, malt and chocolate nose. Not much lacing to speak of. Worth trying one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mribm (457) - Ocala, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Not a bad porter, but it was mild in flavor. There was some roastiness, some coffee and some chocolate, but all of the flavors were on the mild side. This was just a mediocre porter, although it was very drinkable due to its mildness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Nice porter.Smells of roasty chocolate and coffee.Nice big head yet quickly dissapating into nice brown lace.This beer is dark yet shows some mohogany around the edges in light.Nice taste.Reminds me of the Ruffian porter my dad and I used to quaff together.The hops are certainly there but only complement this fine ale.The palate is roasty/choc-coffee w/a nice little edge of bitterness given by the proper use of hops.This one hits the spot for a high quality porter.This is very much like the Rogue mocha yet gets a better responce.Gets better as it warms.Bottled on 10/11/03.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Not much of a head here. The nose is coffee and chocolate. Bitter at first, which is washed away by chocolate, then alcohol, then more chocolate. Very nice palate..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2003
Nice black color,medium sized tan head that lasted for a decent amount of time and then faded leaving little behind.Roasted malt aroma,chocolate and a coffeeish tone to it.Very nice roasted malt taste,bitter sweet chocolate and coffee with the hops showing up nicely towards the end of the tasting.Meium heavy feel to it with an after taste that comes off as coffee and chocolate with a nice presence of hops.I can't believe this is my first Smutty,The liquor store here is loaded with them and i figured i had tried them already,well i did mostly at Old Chicago but looks like never rated any until now.makes me wish i had bought the others when i went to Grand Forks,oh well next time.This is a very good brew and worth having a few more around for later.

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