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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

STYLE: American Porter
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
obxdude10 (2022) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (7682) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimhilt (2387) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (2590) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 1, 2004
Bottle, from Halftime. Usual porter aromas, chocolate, coffee, licourice. Clean reddish black color and a liitle light gets through. Small to no head. Bitter flavors, same as aroma, though its the baking chocolate that seems to dominate. Medium body, creamy smooth mouthfeel bitter dry finish. Good brew. classic styling.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 30, 2004
Bottle. Deep brown in color. Nice off-white head with good lacing. Licorice, coffe and chocolate dominate the aroma. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Chocolate malt with hints of coffee are the key flavors. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDalkoholic (2124) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Fizzy tan head with small amount of foam and a rich brown color. Flavor of coffee,plum and chocolates were balanced well with a relaxed smoke malt flavor. A decaffeinated palate and a irish cream taste that makes me wish i had more than just one 12 oz bottle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 5, 2004
This porter pours with a dark brown to black body topped by a medium thick, tan head with lots of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty with a slight licorice note, a little fruit and a slight hint of roastiness. The flavor is slightly sweet and malty with a slight bitter chocolate note and a touch of piney hops showing through. Medium to full bodied, smooth and slightly dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 1, 2004
UPDATED: APR 25, 2005 30-Sep-04 (12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with shadey, thanks Shane!) First impression: Holy freaking hell, a very strong espresso aroma totally dominates the nose, and does a pretty good job dominating the flavor too. It’s very much just bitter coffee/espresso from start to finish, but despite the lack of complexity, I’m really digging this porter. Medium to full bodied, so not as full on the palate as the flavor might suggest. Nearly black in color and opaque, but is dark brown and slightly translucent in light. Light tan head is of average size on the pour, fades to a thin layer, and leaves some modest lacing on the glass.

24-Apr-05 (12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with slob, thanks Bert!) Wow, what happened? Everything about this beer seems a bit restrained this time around. The aroma is mostly roasty. Moderate hoppy bitterness, fairly roasty, but it’s really missing that intense coffee aroma and flavor. The visuals are consistent with the previous session. Ratings are for the first session.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2004
Opaque, dark brown. Light brown foam. Rich, roasted, malty aroma of chocolate, nuts & light smoke. Feel was silky but a little thin. Earthy, roasty flavour of dark chocolate & nuts. Decent but relatively one dimensional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gorbalev (2906) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2004
Buffalo Brewfest 04. Classic porter pour. Mouthfeel was quite light for a porter I thought. Still had a nice sour silky chocolate taste. Rather hoppy aroma for the style. Not bad, but didn’t blow me away - maybe it was the skateboarder looking dudes pouring the beer...

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