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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


3.6
   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 (1162) - 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 (5220) - 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 (2278) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2005
draught. deep dark brown body, nearing black with a small off-white head. aroma has milk chocolate and roasty malt providing an overall pleasant bouquet. body has bitter coffee roast and some chocolate. a mediocre porter but still very drinkable.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - SEP 15, 2005
Pours a brownish black body with no head. Aroma is roast and chocolate, with hints of coffee. Flavor was roasty and chocolatey, but felt off balance and stale, like their tripel. After the aroma this beer went downhill fast. Maybe this should age longer in the bottle?

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pailhead (5395) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of Shadey. Aroma of coffee, caramel, roasted grain, and nuts. Pours a dark brown with some orange hilights and a big tan head with decent retention. Flavor is rather light up front, maybe a hint of chocolate. Finish is black coffee, burnt grain, pine hops, and nuts.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2005
appearance of a typical porter w/ medium brown head...aroma is of bitter chocolate, with a touch of roasted coffee (some sour notes present)...flavor is heavy in roasted notes as well, with an emphasis on chocolate; a burnt and bitter touch the coffee as well


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