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RATINGS: 803   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


ancherrera's rating

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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ebone1988 (774) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2016
Aroma is light, roasted malt, coffee, some chocolate. Appearance is dark brown, light tan head. Taste is super light, a light roasted malt, light chocolate, coffee, nothing. Mouthfeel is thin, light to medium body with light carbonation, aftertaste fades quickly. Overall, this is about par for a porter.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (6517) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 27, 2015
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines, Birmingham. Poured a clear dark reddish brown with a thin broken light tan head. The aroma is big chocolate, light smoked malt. The flavour is moderate sweet light bitter with a light, slightly watery liqourice malt, dry coffee, light chocolate palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
radio_nowhere (1287) - Maryland, USA - NOV 2, 2015
Bottle into tulip glass, opaque dark brown color, some reddish hue, with tan head. Aroma notes of heavy roasted malt, light coffee and chocolate and a tad smoke. Taste adds more coffee/chocolate, ash and light earthy bitterness. Light-medium body, moderate carbonation, lively, tad astringent with short earthy roast finish. Solid porter but nothing really stands out, which is nice sometimes.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tekstr1der (289) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 23, 2015
Dark mahogany pour with thin off-white top and minimal lacing. Rich aromas of malt, roast. Flavors are malty with just a bit of smokiness. A bit too carbonated and thin to really get a good rich mouthfeel though. Not bad, but there are better close by on the shelf.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (5832) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2015
This poured a darker brown with a beige head. Aroma was of lightly ashy roasted malt and some caramel. Flavor similar, a bit watery and disjointed.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tfontana (378) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 22, 2015
Bottle in pint glass from Downtown Discount Beverage in Dover, NH. Aroma is light bready malt with hint of grassy hops. Appearance is very dark mahogany--almost opaque, with surprisingly robust sparkle and 1 finger-width foamy head and nice minimal lacing. Taste is more lightly sweet than lightly bitter with a lingering pleasant long bitter finish. Palate is medium bodied with thin texture, average carbonation. Overall, I’ve come to expect a lot from this brewer and thought they’d knock this out of the park. It is OK but there are a lot of better porters out there.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (18697) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 16, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown color, medium off white head. Aroma of dark coffee, cocoa. Taste is roasty, fairly light body. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ShivanDragon (2799) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 30, 2015
@BeerTemple , Amsterdam, 30/5/2015 - Aged Porter van 2012 die 3 jaar in de kelder heeft gestaan... schenkt zwart met bruine kraag. Aroma van koffie, chocolade, gebrande mout, best ok. Smaken zijn direct bij de eerste slok al opvallend dun, hmmm dat voor een aged bier..... erg dun allemaal.... verder uiteraard de koffie, bittere chocolade, vanille, weinig aging kenmerken.... erg vlak en flets allemaal.... bittertje in de afdronk en wat droog.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mr_Pink_152 (2737) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2015
330ml bottle from Gonzo Beer, Coventry. Aroma is toasted malt and spice. There is also a touch of smoke. Taste starts sweet with a smoky bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (4503) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2015
bottle. Deep brown with one finger head. Chocolate malt with light roast. Not as bitter as a lot of porters. Pretty average.


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