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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2012 A seductive milk coffee nose is spiced with citrusy hops...Disparate fieldberries grow amongst the coffee plantation...Intelligent roastiness coats the chocolate syrup...Astounding hop complexity of strong grassy bitterness evolving into resins and citrus...There is an intense attempt at balance in the rich yet drinkable mouthfeel...A fantastic porter with a larger flavor profile than the stronger Arcadia London Porter, for example...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 8, 2002
Dark, blackish thick brew with a hint of red and smallish head; aroma of cocoa, burnt wood -- nice but on the weak side. Flavor starts out sweet and chocolaty, but with some strong hoppiness coming in leading to a very dry finish. Robust porters are not my favorite style by any means, but this is a very good example. Excellent body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2002
deep brown/black body. roasty-chocolate flavor, dry finish. excellent porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2002
Deep dark brown, the head large, chocolate, the lace lies in sheets upon the glass. Nose is caramel, roasted grains, sweet, and the beer starts sweet, the top light, the finish is lightly carbonated. Also somewhat dry, nice hop presence, and a quite quaffable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2002
Jbrus is right. The chocolate is not overdone, which can happen easily, slight licorice, medium body. A very slight otherworldly sweetness as it warms. Very nice. Hoppy finish, but just a bit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (4908) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 28, 2002
Very rich, mellow. An almost perfect palate and excellent flavor to boot. Well Done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2007 Cask@GBBF07, Aug 07, 3.4: Sweet coffee aroma, black color, light brown head, fair lace. Sweet, coffee, blackcurrant, quite full. Nice but nothing really special. The score is an average. Bottle@Home, May 02, 4.5: Man, I used to think (years ago) that all American beers were like Budweiser and Miller. How wrong could I be? This beer is almost perfect. Light roasted, licorice, hint of chocolate aroma. Black color, light brown frothy/creamy firm head, perfect lace. Sweet, chocolate and all other stuff a porter should have. Moderate full. Nice roasted, licorice finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
canary dog (649) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - MAY 23, 2002
Mmmm...roasted, creamy, almost vanilla-like nose. Stout-like in color-- and in body. Wonderful full-roastedness and plenty of hop finish. A top notch porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 13, 2002
Small, but thick and chocolatey colored head. Smells a little like a french roast with alcohol. Strong alcohol flavor, which is about all that comes through. Has some roasted maltiness. Burns as it goes down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 13, 2002
Roasty/chocolate aroma that carries over really well in the flavor. Bit of bitterness in the aftertaste makes this beer finish great.

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