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RATINGS: 1194   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2003
Bottle - think and dark. Very creamy. Dark malt and chocolate flavors. Excellent hop finish to cleanse the palate.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2003
Bottle, dark brown black with tan head. Aroma of malt with plenty of hops, spice, and I caught a whiff of cigarette smoke (?). Nice roasted malt, dark chocolate, medium to full body. Dark bitter finish, with some coffee and chocolate hanging around. A solid and delicious porter that might comments cannot do justice to. Whatcha think, August, a good time to get into porters? Do I need to be warmed up any more than I already am? Great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2003
Dark brown, almost black, and almost opaque like a porter or stout should be. Taste of bitter chocolate and coffee, more complexity than I expect from a porter, but I would have preferred more dark malt taste. Good hoppy finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (4633) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2003
Dark dark brown colour with a nice light brown head. Roasted malt smell with a slight aroma of grapes. Flat taste, even with noticable head. Bittering tastes of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. The aftertaste is very bittering and a bit hoppy. A good porter, but I don't think it ranks up there with the best. I bought this 12 ounce bottle from Beers of the World in Rochester, New York.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
1more4dessert (329) - Upstate, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2003
very deep garnet-red ochre color. Beautiful balance, complex and crisp, dry, hoppy finish

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2359) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2003
Decent brown head with dissipates into soe very nice lacing. Aroma of predominently roasted coffee with a bit of dark chocolate. Color is basically black with some black cherry red around the edges. Flavor is smooth with more coffee and malts. Finish is smooth and a little bitter (nice) from the hops and leaves a lingering bittersweet chocolate and coffe taste. A good porter and as with all porters, not a beer for the feint of heart.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 7, 2003
Thin but foamy head. Taste is malty and chocolaty with hints of coffee. Mild bitter finish. Nice.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2003
Brown/black, nearly opaque. Roasty nose with coffee, licorice, motor oil. Super blast of flavor--licorice and chocolate, medium sweet, with a good bitter hop kick at the end. Like a liquified rich chocolate torte.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JUL 1, 2003
Deep brown, almost black, decent head and lace. Nose of seared, roasted barley, coffee, hints of chocolate and more. Medium bodied, lots of black malt character, somewhat burnt flavors, coffee bitterness, an underlying sweetness to balance things out. Dryish finish to round out a very good porter, wish I had taken better notes. Will try again for sure.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Terminus (3216) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUL 1, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2004 bottle-RBSG-6/28/03. Definately one of the suprises of the night. This porter is one of the best around! Roasted, peat and choclolate aroma. Very black/dark for a porter-just a hint off of stout-like. palate was full of roasted notes(malt), some chocolate and a good hop bite on the finish. maybe Volgon can hook me up with some more of this :) ReRate-bottle-Its been a long week and I havent had a beer in about a week. I have been stressed with finals. I decided to crack this one open from my secret santa box. Like in the previous rating, it pours very dark for a poerter-about 92% black i would say. Tan head that leaves a rim around the glass. Its more viscus than many of the ilk. Big chocolate aroma followed with hits of burnt char, earthy tones, chocolate chip cookies, and dark malt husks-wonderful! This beer has a great mouthfeal. the finish is long with lots of char, chocolate and those malt husks. This is one under-rated porter. As the beer warmed, the aroma became even better, showing maple surup and a slight butterscotch note (and it wasnt diacytl) it has awesome balance and is a big beer for its style and abv. I need more smuttynose beers!


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