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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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (8781) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2004
Nice rich, clear brown color with medium sized head. Aroma was more hoppy than anything else. Malty and bittersweet chocolate taste wasn’t overshadowed by the hops at all. I found this to be an outstanding porter if you love hops.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2645) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 22, 2004
UPDATED: APR 18, 2005 Brewtopia’04. Dark brown, appropriately clear, light tan head. Smells sweet and roasted dark white toast. Some coffee on nose carries into flavor but hops really are the showcase of this porter, to me. Unfortunately, I don’t care for a ton of piney, grapefruity hops in a porter as it seems to take away from the subtlties of prune, raisin, fig, etc that I savor in the style. I sure this one really appeals to some, but not me. The bodywas fairly thin compared to the robust flavors.

Re-Rate Brewtopia ’05I’m really digging the big hop profile on this one, burnt toast with orange marmalade. Hops all over the flavor but with a strong enough backbone to hold it up. Roasty, more hops. Very dry to finish but lingering malt grease. Either my tastes have changed or this beer has gotten better or both. bump it to 4.0.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2435)
- Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2004
Clear walnut. Compact ashen foam ring. Dense, slow-rising bubbles. Alluring aroma of melted plums, charred sugar, and woody malts. Underlying dark chocolate, smoke, and roasted malts. Slick body with tight, firm carbonation. Predominant coffee flavors up front chased by lightly burnt malts and more coffee. Deliciously raw bready malt elements develop late, bringing caramel and espresso to the fore. Frisky roasted malt presence and tingly vinous sensations continue to firm up the body as the gentle plum acidity cuts some of the charred sugar sweetness. Bittersweet chocolate, espresso, and fruitcake round out the finish. Sprucey hops are subdued, but come through in the belches along with some mild phenols, which also help to balance the lasting sweetness. Remarkably bright, sumptuous porter.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11317)
- Washington DC, USA - JUN 20, 2004
(brewtopia04) Red-black body with beige head. Aroma is mild sweet, hoppy, coffee. Taste is mild sweet, coffee, grapefruit mid-body, cherry. Medium-full body, but the sharpness of the grapefruit keeps it refreshing.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - JUN 5, 2004
Starts off well with a toffee nose and dark clear brown color witha chunky foamy head. Goes downhill from there. Toasted, toffee male. Gritty, dirty end. Thin and not so good after all...

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4580) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 27, 2004
Bottle. Dark with ruby highlights. Good lacing and lasting skiff. Light roast malt aroma with hint of plum. Light roast and coffee flavours at the start and then a fruitiness takes over with a watery fruit/plum and charcoal finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - MAY 19, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2005 Rerate with exact the same outcome. Brown mahagony colored brew. Small light head. Swet malt nose first - then roasted malt afterwards. Coffee beans/espresso taste. Bitter Aftertaste. But all in all rather bland and boring.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wu1sabes (25) - USA - MAY 11, 2004
a superb porter that is full bodied, yet remarkably easy to drink with great flavor throughout

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2004
On tap at Tap New York. Nice dry roasty porter. Dark black in color. Enjoyable brew. Drinkable. Nice thick head. Very clean. Full bodied beer. Good.


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