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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


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrockLanders (772) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Pours a dark brown with, maybe a tinge of red when the light hits it just right. Aroma of coffee, alder (residuals from my glass of Alaskan Smoked Porter no doubt), hay, almonds. A little bit thin for my liking, but still not bad. Flavor is dry, with a toasty character, with some nuts and roasted coffee evident. All in all not bad. Thanks DocLock!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBeer (276) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2005
I really enjoyed this porter. The flavor was different than most porters, with it being sweeter and more a little more tastefull. Pours really dark with a nice brownish head that stays for a little while. Overall this was a really good porter.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6241) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2005
Bottle pours dark brown, almost black, medium frothy tannish head, with respectable lacing.   Burnt malts and soft hops on the nose.   A bit of female cat urine as well.   Enjoyable roasted malts, along with a healthy hop bitterness on the tongue, albeit somewhat soft.   Body and mouthfeel could be thicker, and wishing it had more of the chocolate flavor as stated in the description.   Finishes with mild roasted malts, but with a bit more hop flavor.   Not bad, but wishing it was a bit heavier, maltier, and more chocolatey.   Thanks goes out to radiomgb for sending me this one!


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheBeerGenius (154) - Pittsburgh, PA, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2005
This tasted like your usual porter. Heavy, strong taste with some hints of chocolate. I am not a big porter fan so this wasn’t for me. It was a solid beer though.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Pours a deep brown wthe aromas of spice and coffee. Flavors of chocolate, coffee. Nice roasty finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2007 Stoutish in appearance - brown, possible black, small head. Aroma is coffeeish, malty sweet, with some tartness. I don’t catch much of the chocolate, this is mostly roast. Slightly bitter flavor. Well carbonated. Balanced finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5130) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 14, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2004 Reddish black, big sloppy tan head. Burnt toast with honey aroma - this honey aroma seems to be common trait of Southern Tier beers - Smoky, woodsy hop flavor and a slightly acidic finish. Some burnt toast flavors throughout. Tasty. Thanks to Springslicker for this one!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
obxdude10 (2031) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2004
Mostly black in color with a slight purplish tint, small head with a little lacing, roasted & toasted nose with a touch of coffee & chocolate, medium in body, nice hop character to balanced it all out, slightly sweet flavors with a nice touch of coffee & espresso, deep roasted finish & aftertaste, also a slightly dry finish as well

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (7828) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2004
Pours burnt umber/rubyish with big, fizzy white head. Aroma of big malt, chocoff, cognac. Tastes malty, with big chocoff, nuts, a slight roasty corn flakes taste, and a coffee finish. Somewhat dry at the culmination. Another great beer from ST, but lower than the IPA and Harvest. I want some big beers from ST.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimhilt (2400) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 2, 2004
Pours with a two-finger tan head that fades slowly leaving an even lace. Black - nearly opaque. Good carbonation, heavy bodied. Nose is a smokey roast. Starts with a roasted coffee flavor, finish has a slight bitterness. $1.85 for a 12 oz bottle from Hoosick Street Discount Bev. Troy, NY.


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