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RATINGS: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
This lip-smacking dark ale is mellow and malty. The aroma is reminiscent of bittersweet dark chocolate and the caramel and roast malt flavors are exceptionally smooth. Medium bodied, with a slightly sweet edge but a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2007
Chocolate sweetness with plenty of fruit character in the nose. Opaque black body is topped by a low tan head that lasts well and laces. Chocolate sweetness and fruitiness reminiscent of raisins occupy the tastebuds with a doughy, bready malt character. Medium body with decent carbonation. Bottle sampled with beerbuzzmontreal, cathschlag, MartinT, Siroy and Yowie.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2007
Shared to me by Battlekow. Pours like aguiness, only thinner, so Iíll call it burnt brown/black. The head is decent, and basic. the smell is awesome, rich with sweeter malts and a little coffee bitterness, slight toffee. Finishes as raisins. The taste is a little limp and the mouthfeel is non existant, so I will let it warm up. Okay itís warmer, and the taste is a little more forward. It nutty as hell. Limp, and a little underwhelming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2007
Black body with a short-lived tan head. Pleasant initial chocolaty roastiness, like burnt toasts with Nutella. Then the fruity flavours take over. Grapes, raisins, plums, etc. Vinous and even a bit sour. Too fruity and vinous for me. An ok beer. Started promising but the train ran out of steam.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2006
Pours deep brown. Roasted malt aroma. Hints of cocoa. Nice coffee and bitter chocolate flavor. Palate is a bit thin with dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fightfire4beer (132) - Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2006
Tap. brown almost black color with a medium tan head. roasted coffee aroma. coffee, semi sweet chocolate and nut flavor. Very nice experience. A

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8987) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2006
Any first impressions?
-A sheet of foam rests atop the brownish black.
-Potent roastiness emerges from pungent vinosity, for an alluring and unsettling aroma.
-Talkative molasses and boastful roastiness stave off the fruity sourness.
-The soft, large bubbling reminds that of their IPA.

What if you dig deeper?
-Roastiness claims the finish, which was predictable due to its raw strength in this beer.
-A meaty, red wine vinegar tinge gives its personality, but Iím not sure itís supposed to be there.
-Dark chocolate links the brash roastiness to the molassesí sweetness.
-As Joris says, this is a severe porter, but it is a pleasure to tame it.

Bottle; no date.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2006
bottle compliments of glkaiser. black pour thin head. coffee, sour malt, hoppy aroma. very smooth creamy mouth. pleasant coffee, slightly sour malts and fresh hops in the finish. This is easy drinking an well made.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitbucket (2164) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2006
Bottled. Translucent lackish brown with a lacy light brown head. Aroma of smoke and roasted malt. Creamy medium body and moderate carbonation. The bittersweet taste has some coffee, chocolate, toffee, spice and nuts. Smoke and espresso bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimhilt (2540) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 18, 2006
On tap at The Fishermanís Restaurant & Bar Seattle, Wa. Pours with one-finger light tan head that goes quickly leaving a little lace. Black color. Roasted coffee nose. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Starts with a roasted /burnt coffee flavor, same finish. $4.50 for a 16oz glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (7358) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2006
Bomber. Pours just about jet black (even in a skinny glass) with a fairly well unmanageably large tannish/pumpkin head. Not much lace, but gorgeous to look at. Big licorice and toast on the nose. Creamy attack, though itís a medium body with light carb. Delicious chocolate and toffee mid-palate, with a little roast and hop bitterness in the finish. Outstanding example of a porter.

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