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RATINGS: 784   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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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


novels' rating

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2012
Pretty solid robust porter. Very dark color with a subtle coffee flavor, loaded with roasted notes and hop undertones. Not too sweet, goes great in a tulip glass after a bit of a chill.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Joel (114) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2015
Smooth and balanced. Somewhat malty but no other dominating characteristics. Easy drinking, good-to-style porter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sturmthis (639) - Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2015
On tap. Black color with one finger off white head. Chocolate and coffee aroma. Lighter coffee taste, not over powering.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tricyclist (924) - Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2015
A nice beer all around. Nice dark rich pour with a full light khaki head. Nose is roasted malts and some dark fruits. A little plums and maybe raspberry. Flavor has a little sweetness added to the roast. Some lighter sweetness, like candy sugar and molasses. Smooth finish with a nice medium body. I dig it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerathon (1335) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2015
Dark brown with thin tan head and lacing. Big roasted malts in the nose, along with chocolate and coffee. Nice slightly bitter flavor along with aforementioned scents. Decent.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5201) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2014
12 oz bottle. Poured a deep brown color with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted grains and malts, light chocolate notes. Light coffee, some bitter cocoa, light brown sugar. Pretty tasty and a solid porter.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Tobyrando (5) - New York, USA - DEC 17, 2014 does not count
Pours deep, rich black, nice toasty flavor. Great representation of the style. Most craft brewers seem fixated on adding a twist to classic styles to make them stand out, often the embellishment is more of a distraction than anything else. This is just a good, classic porter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (3314) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Black pour from 12oz bottle to Maudite glass at home. Roasty, coffee, and malty aroma. Has a sweet and milky taste. Mild hints of cocoa and coffee, slight fruit ending. Toasty and pretty tasty too.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2014
Draught at Craft Beer Co, Clerkenwell on 19 Jun 2012. Poured a really deep ruby, near black, with a dense beige head. Aroma was fairly light, considering, with some dark malt, roasted nuts and mild smoke. Roasted malt flavours, with some coffee and brown sugar. Finish was espresso, dark chocolate and ash.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
motelpogo (7054) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 23, 2014
sampled on tap at olbaren and bottled from beergeek. dark brown with a purple tinge and light head; aroma of chocolate crackles, hints of ribena and smoke; roasty flavour - instant coffee, burnt toast. pretty decent

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheHopster (847) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2014
Tasted half a bottle with Con. Nice roasted malt and full body. Definitely looking forward to having my own bottle shortly. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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