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RATINGS: 797   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Hearty malts meld with a subtle balance of hops to create a dark and nurturing ale of comfort and complexity. Hints of bittersweet chocolate and espresso fill the tongue, finishing with just a touch of smoke. Not too sweet or filling, this versatile dark ale dissuades the notion that a darker beer is a stronger beer. Five varieties of roasted malts are the source of Porter’s dark color and rich taste, while two varieties of hops bring a mellow bite to this deep toasty ale.
FOOD PAIRINGS: Particularly tasty with slow-cooked meats, grilled cheese, smoked sausage. Pairs well with chocolate desserts, pumpkin pie, cheesecake.
AVAILABILITY: Year-round / 12oz (6pk and 24 bottle cases) / 1/2 keg, 1/6 keg

ABOUT THE BEER
STYLE: American Porter
BREWED SINCE: 2002
ABV: 5.8%
FERMENTATION: Ale yeast, five varieties of malts, two varieties of hops
COLOR: Dark brown with a red hue
EFFERVESCENCE: Moderate, lingering
NOSE: Earthy, toasted grains
FLAVOR: Mild coffee bitterness, chocolate, a delicate malty sweetness with hints of carmel and smoke
BITTERNESS: medium-light
BODY: Creamy but not thick, medium bodied
SERVING TEMPERATURE: 45-50°F GLASS: Pint glass, mug AVAILABILITY: Year-round / 12oz (6pk and 24 bottle cases) / 1/2 keg, 1/6 keg CELLARING: 4-45°F


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotstuff (4403) - Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Bottle. Small tan head that mostly diminished, fine-small sized bubbles, poor lacing, nearly opaque, fizzy carbonation, and a dark brown hue. Aroma was malty, coffee, roasty, chocolate, hint of hops and fruit. Flavor was malty, coffee, roasty, chocolate, bitter, and some hops. Mostly smooth mouthfeel. Light-medium body. Drinkable, but not outstanding IMO.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2005
12 oz bottle: Deep brown, almost opaque w/ a lasting light beige head. Rosty coffee at first with chocolate notes right behind it in the aroma. Some bready anc chocolate chip cookie dough malts as well. Hints of vanilla and a bit of herbal hop when swirled. Flavor is decidedly roasty, but well balanced and not overpowering. A bit on the sweet side @ first, but thoroughly well balanced at the finish with a roasty nutty flavor and mild coffee aftertaste. Some hints of chocolate in between. Light hints of dark grain acidity at first, but fades when swallowed. Smooth m/f, Lighter medium body, low medium carbonation. Nice and tasty! This might even be a good starting point for novices, but still has enough flavor for more advanced palates.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 6, 2005
Draught: dark brown with a fluffy tan head. Toasty, slightly charcoaly aroma with a clean, crisp bitterness. Well developed palate with a slight fizz, but thick with chocolate, nuts and darkly toasted grains. A bit of coffee and berry fruit sweetness, finishes a pretty tasty porter.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2005
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 From bottle

Aroma very coffee. Flavor very espresso, rich coffee tones. Not very sweet for a coffee beer. The coffee was actually very over powering as I could only get through half of this beer.

From bottle. 4-26-06
Poured very dark. Fast dissipating, bubbly off-white head. Aroma of malts and coffee. Flavor roasted coffee, and caramel in the back. Sugary aftertaste, with a every so slight bitterness. Thin to medium bodied. Mouthfeel chewy in a sense. Not bad, but def. better than last time I had it, that could be my palate. Dry finish

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2005
Nice aroma, chocolate, burnt biscuits, a little bit of hops. Dark brown, thin tan head. Flavor matches the aroma, chocolatey with some biscuit flavor, roasty finish. Medium body, easy drinking. Very nice session beer.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
pmarren144 (36) - Auburn, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2005
Bottled. Very good porter. Pours dark, almost black, with a brown head, that stays for awhile. Aroma is good, detectable coffee & chocolate. Coffee & chocolate come through strong in the taste, too, and gets heavier as it warms. Finishes slightly hoppy. Good stuff.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 13, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2005 Poured black with a creamy light-tan head. Aroma is faint chocolate, fruit. Taste is thin and overly bitter coffee with very little else. Drinkable but very bland.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Twentys (41) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2005
On tap at Just a Taste in Ithaca, NY. Dark as night and khaki head. Hazlenut and some walnut hints. Extremely crisp and oddly refreshing for a porter. Very smooth, not overpowering.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5521) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2006 I am growing ever fonder of this brewer. In this case I am rating the porter - a beer style I am not overly fond of. I have had this one a couple of times. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer pours a dark black color with a medium sized dark brown head. The aroma is moderate roasty malts, strong chocolate and floral hops. The mouthfeel is moderately thick. The flavor is strong with chocolate, coffee and roasty malts. There is a bitter hop finish that lingers. As I said, I am not a huge porter fan but these guys have made one that I like rather well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcr (2346) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2005
This is the third Southern Tier beer I have had and I have not been disappointed with any of them. The porter poured dark brown with an inviting off-white head. Roasted malts dominated the aroma. The flavor was also filled with the roasted malts, but also revealed hints of chocolate and coffee with some burnt sugar. Seemed to be more bitter hop presence than other porters I have had, but not enough to detract from chocolate, coffee notes. I did detect a metallic aftertaste that I hope was just an anomaly. Pleasant medium body.


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