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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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2402) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Decent sized head . Light tan and settles very nicely. Very mild carbonation. Nice thick sheet of lacing. Light roasted aroma with a bit of black cherry and coffee. Color is black with a very dark burgundy red halo around the glass. Medium bodied and a little fruity. More black cherry and mild coffee. Finish is roasty and pretty clean. Light bitterness and a lingering coffee aftertaste. Pretty good porter.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2005 Pours a nice dark brown with a froathy tan head. Aroma is sweet and roasty with hints of nuts. Flavor is lite and crisp, but with a molases/nutty taste that I found to be pretty enjoyable. If you feel like a porter or somethign dark that isnt going to sit heavy in your stomach, id definitely give this a try.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JFGrind (1866) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2005
Porter may be Southerntier’s darkest beer, but it also was the flattest beer I’ve poured in a while. Some swirling of the glass gave me a short lasting foam. Roasted chocolate malt flavor and fragrance. Overall this porter was fleeting, needs more definition.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MIBRomeo (2567) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2005
pours a very dark color w/ a small light tan head that laces fairly well. The aroma was of roasted malts nice hops underneath that and hints of coffee. The palate contains an avg body and some nice carbonation. The coffee overcomes the roasted matls and light hops in the flavor. A solid porter from Blake.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAY 5, 2005
Big thanks to whoever left this in my hotel room at the 3F’s gathering! Pours a a pitch black color, nice sized off white head. Spotty lacing around the glass, looks kinda artsy. Aroma of chocolate, a little roastyness to it. The beer coats the mouth very well, smooth chocolate and roasted flavors, along with a grassy hop kick!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2005
Thanks to whomever had these at the Darklord release party! The appearance is tan head that quickly disapates. Dark brown/black color. So-so lacing. The aroma is dark chocolate, grassy hops, coffee, roasted malts. The flavor is chocolate, grass hops, roasted malts, coffee. The palate is slight bitterness. Medium body. Creamy texture.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtw (1122) - farmington, Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2005
bottle, from a variety pack in upstate NY. pretty typical porter, brown/black and some solid coffee and chocolate aromas. i like dark beers, and i like this beer. good stuff but not spectacular.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 23, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2005 Very dark brown with a medium sized tan head. Aroma of sweet roasted malts, along with a surprising amount of aromatic hops. Flavor is roasty, with a touch of chocolate and some burnt notes. Grapefruit in the finish balances the brew nicely. Perfect amount of carbonation. A very good porter.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - APR 21, 2005
on tap at brewtopia. very dark brown to black, a little red shines through. dense foamy tan head. dry roasted malt aroma. a little sweet & perfumy. or was it a beer godess gliding by? this was my ninth sample for the night, can’t remember. flavor is dry roasted malt, alitlle bitter in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (3578) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2005
Dark beer with mahogany hues when held up to the light and an attractive frothy beige head. Sweet raw grain nose with hints of chocolate. Nice porter with well balanced chocolate sweetness and coffee bitterness, with notes of chalk, wood and some white sugar. Enjoyable brew for after work.


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