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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 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.

   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?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pailhead (5553) - 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.

   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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boyz2pepsi (7) - Wooster, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2005 does not count
Bottle. Oh...what’s not to like. Coffee, chocolate, cream, and of course, that dark beer flavor we love. it’s a little different from most dark beers in that it needs to be a little colder to enjoy its flavors - otherwise the bitterness is just a little too overpowering. If you can be so precise, go for about 50 degrees. My favorite part about this beer has to be how it never weighs on you - it dosn’t fill you up, nor does it make you crave a lemon to suck on if you drink too much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6509) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2005
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a large diminishing rocky off-white head. Nice bubble action. Aroma smells great! Roasted malt, coffee, hops and cocoa. The flavour isn’t anything to scoff at either: the floral hops, chocolate, roasted malt & coffee add up to one great, hoppy porter! Palate has a light bitterness and the texture is nice and creamy. A very enjoyable porter, I have no idea why this isn’t rated higher. Recommended!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ron (2947) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2006 Had this at the Flour City Brew Fest. Very dark with a roasted aroma. Malt body with a bit of sweetness and light hops finish. Rerate 2/01/06 I enjoyed this alittle more than before.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (5032) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 9, 2005
Clear dark brown in color with a taller tan head. Dark coffee aromas with a mild vinous acidity. Hints of DMS and nuts. Perhaps a touch thin in feel, but it seems to work. Quite dry, with plenty of roasted malt and and a touch of dark chocolate. A mild hops component that adds a mild citrus touch. Thanks Santa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JUL 25, 2005
Bottle from sampler. Great smelling porter. Elements of coffee, baker’s chocolate, cherry and a slight minty sensation all in the nose. It has a very roasty and a very smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is a bit thin, especially when compared to the nose, but has the ubiquitous coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. But, the finish is oh so smooth. For a porter, this is pretty good, and it’s must be even better in the dead of winter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2005
12oz bottle - Gained via trade with Sregnar35 Thanks Bill - Pours brown with an offwhite head. Aroma is not very strong slight chocolate and weak hops. Flavor is quite weak as well. Mostly hops come through in the flavor. Slight chocolate flavor as well, but what is most notable is the watery palate to this one. I really drank this whole brew wondering if it should be classified as a porter. It seems more like a dunkel to me. There are so many better porters out there than this one..

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