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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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3472) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 [12 oz. bottle] Dark brown color with a reddish tint and a fluffy tan head. Roasted malts and coffee in the aroma with a slight hint of chocolate and brown sugar. Very rich and full roasted coffee flavor with a slight twinge of hops in the finish and a bitter coffee aftertaste that stays in your mouth for a while. A fine porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Duke (117) - New York, USA - SEP 9, 2004
Pours like a porter. Dark brown red. Thick, lasting head. Malty coffee aroma. Super smooth sweet, roasted coffee flavors. Under-rated, I think.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2011 Smells dark roasted but not overly roasty. What appears to be the judicious use of caramel malt has subdued an overly dry, roasty aroma. The flavor is the same but with some milk-like notes as well. Deeply rich in roast flavor with caramel overtones. Well balanced. Not as much hop as I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2004
Good dark brown color,small tan head that had a good hangtime then faded to a slight lace.The aroma was malty with a nice chocolate side and maybe a bit of caramel it also comes off as being some what sweet.Nice roasty flavor a little chocolate and some coffee a bit of a bite at the end but nothing to strong.Over all a pretty decent brew but nothing special eather.Thanks go to Shadey for sending this brew my way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3141) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 2, 2004
A rich tan head forms in the top of the glass while the bottom fills with a dark brown brew showing hints of deep garnet. The aroma is sweet caramel and chocolate. Rich chocolate flavor really backs up the nice aroma well. Smooth, just right. Not as intense as some Porters, but this one is still above average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LiamPatrick16 (124) - Montgomery, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2004
dark and full looking. small head. mocha, malty chocolate,. not too sweet not bitter at all. very tasty. a beer i would tell my friends to taste. pleased with this choice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 16, 2004
Very good porter. Great dark, black appearance. Small off-white head that seems to disappear fast. Slightly strong coffee, roasted malt aroma. Good. Flavor was a mix of a lot of chocolate, coffee, and roasted caramel. Good finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shadey (1900) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 13, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2005 Bottle: Malty, coffee, roasted aroma. I think it was a little cold when I drank it, so all the flavor didn’t come through but it was pretty damn good. Oh yah... the color was black with a practically non-existant tan head.

RERATE: Dark color with red tinges. Very creamy off white head. Nice coffee aroma. Not much chocolate. Lots of roast. This was a bitter, roasted porter. I prefer chocolaty porters, but this was nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 13, 2004
Bottle & Draught: This was the first one I tried from Southern Tier. It was on special at McGreggors in Rochester. I was pretty impressed with this on tap. Pours a very dark amber/brown color with a light tan head. Chocolate, hops, coffee and roasted flavors round out the aroma. Medium bodied and a bit fizzy in the mouth, but nothing to complain about. Taste has mostly coffee, small amounts of dark roasted malts, to caramel/coffee and later on chocolate & dark coffee with some hops (pine, grapefruit). Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9163) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2004
On tap at Brewtopia 2004... Very dark, burnt orange ale with a creamy beige and stratus lacework. Chocolatey nose. Well-balanced and burnt. Medium-bodied with a fizzy mouthfeel. Crisp, clean, burnt finish.

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