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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 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 (1111) - 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 Jersey, 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 (3551) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 17, 2005
Brewtopia ’05. Dark brown with some reddish highlights. Mocha aroma. Taste was a little light then espresso/ mocha/ cream with a slight burn.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2005
Sweet, lactic, lightly vinous, raisin aroma with a mild roasty component. Opaque, dark brown with decent tan-brown head that recedes to ring and partial cover. Lactic, grapey and roasty flavours. Very dry and light with a watery texture. Bottle sampled with MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere at the restaurant next to Half Time.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8127) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
On tap: Grapey esters and malt roastiness follow up into a severely lactic and vinous flavor profile...Body is silky and slightly watery, and malt flavors don’t respond when called for...A run-of-the-mill porter with fruity exaggerations...

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
On tap at The Crew (right besides Half Time) in Poughkeepsie. Beautifully laced light brown head crowns the dark brown body. Rather lactic nose, woody and tart vegetal and vanilla like nature. Disappointingly leaning on the lactic side of the spectrum. Vegetal, coffeeish and happily well roasted, but then again, the acidity ruins it. Tart mouthfeel, light-medium body. Disappointing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2005
Dark brown with mahogany edges. Tan head and sparse lacing. Nose of roast and chocolate malts. Bitter hops with some fruits. Raisins and yeast. Flavor is again roasty with some woodiness to it. Nuts and smoke. A touch of soy. Chalky and dry palate. Bitter roast with fruit in the tail.


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