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RATINGS: 1230   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2004
Opaque dark brown with a sticky brown chocolate small head, rapidly becomes a film. Aroma of big columbian coffee beans, dark chocolate, milk blended in a rather low-profile expressiveness. Taste is also coffeeish in its malt development, but an unexpected strong piney/resinous/citrusy bitterness indicate a large hop presence and make the finish very long. Medium bodied and perhaps a tad overcarbonated, but I'm judging it against its Great Lakes rival. Good porter that wears its name with great pride, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I expected. I prefer the clean smokey/roasty to straightforward citrusy bitter finish I guess.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2004
Good roasted malt aroma with coffee and chocolate coming through. Light brown full head with a black opaque color. Really good roasted malt flavor with a slight sweetness from the caramel malt? Rich expresso type coffee flavor but not overly bitter. An excellent example of a robust porter!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (5872) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Brown-black and a thin tan head. Smoky aroma here and coffee-smoke flavors. Nicely bittered. Bit thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2623) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Black appearance with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate and dark fruit. Roasted malt, wood, and bitter chocolate flavor. An above average porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2004
I really like the label...Nice aroma, black appearance, with a tan head. Like most porters, this tastes of roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate, with a bitter finish; however, I don't know what it is, but there is something special about this porter. Enjoyed it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2004
This brew was one from my 03 Secret Santa, SLOB, Thanks for the terrific surprises buddy!
A deep pool of black with edges of crimson….. the soft fizzy caramel head shortly stands then takes a nap. I take a whiff….. nose of coco, cappuccino, raisins and Smores; you know, marshmallow – gram crackers – chocolate – and campfire.
The flavor is toasty and charred, heavily kilned chocolate malts, lots of hard wood burning camp fire, rustic and heavy on the malt baby!
BRB, I need some water to cleanse the palate…………… Nope, it’s just that smoky & chocolaty…. Nice hops bringing up the tale end here. Silky palate, finish is a bitter/sweet dryness, Good toasty coco malty porter!

Post Note: Hints of Maduro Cigar and black liquorish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
desurfer (1222) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2004
Opaque black body, dark tan rocky head. Coffee and chocolate in the aroma. Flavor dominated by bitter chocolate, with a sweetness that lingers in the back of the mouth for a while. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3163) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 23, 2004
Ths is a good looking Porter that really comes on as it warms. Toffee aroma with a flavor of chocolate, coffee and caramel underneath. Long smooth finish. Very nice!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
crazyvin (1977) - New York, USA - JAN 16, 2004
This beer was almost perfect. A sweet creamy flavour with coffee and chocolate notes mixed with a mild taste of hops. The only let down was the head was kind of small and was a little water on the tounge. Truly a robust porter.

   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.

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