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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


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3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ancherrera (162) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Kind of a one note beer, mostly espresso like burnt flavor. Not as sweet as I would have expected. Bitter burnt flavors with very little hop. Kind of thin mouth feel. Enjoyable but not anything memorable.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jetulio (99) - Tarragona.SPAIN, SPAIN - JUL 21, 2014
355 ml. bottle poured into a Snifter glass Appearance....... Black beer with foamy head colour beige of one finger aprox not lasting, a thin ring last until the end Aroma...............   Llittle touch of malt and a strong chocolate aroma Taste........ Some tea and pine notes and then hop , touch of bitterness lasting in mouth Mouthfeel........... medium/full body and soft carbonation Overall............ a very recomendable porter, a chocolate predominance with style.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
angel77 (800) - oviedo, SPAIN - JUL 17, 2014
Botella de 33 cl en el lúpulo en septiembre de 2012. Porter ligera con 5.8 vol que se bebe bien y buen paso por boca con sabores y aromas suaves. Se podría repetir.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rikstar (685) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 10, 2014
0,33l fles thuis, donker bruin met een bescheiden bruine kraag. Geur en smaak zijn rijk met koffie, chocolade en room. Body is licht tot medium daardoor goed door te drinken. Aangename porter

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (545) - - JUL 3, 2014
Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown color with a huge billowy brown tinted head. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a roasted malt smell with a rather strong showing of a caramel and toffee sweetness. Some other darker aromas of a light cocoa and a bit of cola are there along with some light dark fruit aromas of raisin. Some light coffee and a little bit of smoke round out the smell and while overall the aroma is somewhat complex, the aromas don’t really necessarily meld all that well together. Taste – The taste begins thinner and somewhat more dry with a roasted malt flavor with some hints of caramel and toffee upfront. While it starts out weaker, the roasted flavors get stronger and stronger as the taste advances along with the caramel and toffee getting stronger as well. While the roasted and sweet get stronger a bitter coffee flavor begins working its way onto the tongue with some other flavors of a cocoa nature coming as well. The coffee remains rather light until the very end where it is met with some mild hoppy aromas of an earthy and herbal nature, which seem to accentuate the strength and bitterness of the coffee. With the slightly bitter nature of the coffee and hop and with the caramel dwindling a bit and a light bit of raisin coming to the tongue, one is left with a somewhat drier (for a porter) and slightly bitter but quite enjoyable roasted flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is very thin for a porter with a carbonation level that is rather average for a porter. The moderateness of the carbonation is rather nice for the roasted, sweet, and bitter coffee flavors, but with that said a thicker body would have created a much nicer medium and mouthfeel for this brew overall. Overall – The look and taste of the brew are really fantastic. If it wasn’t for the lackluster smell and feel this could easily be a top class year round porter. Overall it is well worth a try though if you get a chance.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
John25 (377) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Bottle. Dark cola. Mainly dark chocolate on the nose with roasty espresso notes. The taste follows suit and adds a hint of smoked malt with a nice sweet finish (maybe a citrus hop note creating that). Low carb, and super light on the palate. Very easy to drink but, full flavored. Great stuff. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sjohnh (123) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2014
I’m not totally sure about this. It looks the part and the palate is on the light side of medium and slightly creamy. The flavours seem to compete rather than balance out though - there are the malts, dark berries, chocolate and bitterness, some sweetness and the faintest hint of smoke. These make for a decent enough drink but I didn’t really get enough of anything to really enjoy it. Like some other reviewers, I didn’t like the tang of the aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nasmith003 (48) - Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Nutty aroma with a dark yet clear color. Crisp taste with a clean palate. Overall solid example of a porter.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Luvystypotables (557) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Aroma of coffee and malt, dark brown color, taste of coffee and malt. Watery feel with a sweet malt palate.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
kidobutai (309) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Wow. The least favorite Porter I’ve tried, and it’s probably mostly to do with the weak ABV. Bad aftertaste too. I couldn’t finish a small glass.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
generallee08 (617) - New York, USA - JUN 13, 2014
It has a dark opaque color with a thick foamy tan head. Its head hangs on for awhile and leaves nice rings of lace behind on the glass. There is a nice roasted malt aroma with sweet molasses and just a hint of citrusy hops. The favor is full of dark, roasted and malty flavors with burnt caramel and molasses sweetness. Mild bitterness is supplied by a light hops presence that adds some balance. This is all wrapped up in a very drinkable medium body with a pleasant smooth mouth feel and carbonation.


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