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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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2002
Nice malty, roasted aroma. Very black appearance. A bit too hoppy for my taste, but otherwise an excellent porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2003 Excellent beer. roasted, burnt malts, chocolate and some very slight fruitiness. Delicious to say the least.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ernest (6231) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2002
Head is initially small, fizzy, brown, fully diminishing. Body is black (but not opaque). Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, dark chocolate), moderately hoppy (grapefruit). Flavor is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately acidic, moderately bitter, husky. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly astringent. Lots ’o grapefruit (which comes out even more as it warms, damn it all) and acidity makes this thin bodied beverage no pleasantry for yours truly. The aftertaste is like chewing on straw.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2002
Has a very dark brown color and a roasted smell. Taste is roasted and finishes with moderate bitterness. Overall porters are not my thing, but this one was not that bad and was better with food.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2249) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2002
Very black. It is very roasty and very bitter. Notes of coffee and dark chocolate in the flavour. Amora of freshly ground coffee beans. Quite a filling beer with a bitter aftertaste that lingers for what seems forever.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
presario (4642) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 10, 2002
Black, absolutely no light coming through. Thick brown head. Excellent companion on a cold night. Tasty. Lip smacking good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2621) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 6, 2002
Malty, roasty, fruity, sweet aroma. Brown-black color, mostly opaque with a decent head which subsided quickly. Flavor is also largely malty and roasty, with dark chocolate, espresso, toffee and some pleasant, lightly bitter hop flavors infused throughout. Effervescence on the dryish finish but having a smooth palate. Medium to full bodied. Some complexity. Pretty darned tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 10, 2002
porter and stout tasting ’02: pours jet black with a big beige head. aroma of plums, burnt sugar, hops. starts out very roasty and bitter with a huge peanutty finish. as the beer warms, it becomes more mellow, smooth, chocolatey, and slightly smoky. very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - NOV 9, 2002
opaque black with two fingers of beige head. vinous nose with a plum and anise character. lots of subtleties in th taste that lie behind the solid malt. burned plum, wood, sherry, bitter chocolate and asmokines one associates with a nice islay scotch. luxurious smooth palate. overal a great beer .this is a porter that aspires to be an imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2002
Robust is the word here. VERY roasty! Would be a great porter on a cold night.

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