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RATINGS: 809   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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


3.9
   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.

2.8
   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..

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 6, 2005
Cocoa and espresso notes in the nose; rather weak bodied; heavey roasted flavor with soy sauce notes; not very impressive

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2005
About right for a porter, IMO. Roasty, but not over done. Good balance. I would like to try this one on tap, not nitro however. This porter is on the bitter end of the porter-spectrum.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Another good brew from southern tier. Nice dark beer, little head. Lightly sweeter than other porters, but it all comes together.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2522) - 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 (1289) - 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 (1994) - 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 (2570) - 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!


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