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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


DominickMondi's rating

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DominickMondi (13) - - MAR 6, 2013
The aroma is nice, with not only the chocolate and slight coffee I expected, but a bit of grassy hop character as well. The appearance is simple, dark, quick fading head that leaves a thin white cap behind. It tastes good too. A solid porter, which has a rich character but not truly complex. Easy to drink and another winner from Southern Tier.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
koleminer20 (2460) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 12, 2016
Flight #3 at the brewery with ebone1988. The pour is a darker brown with a lot of light ruby shining through. There is a thin ring of light khaki head and a lot of soapy lace. The aroma is very milky and sweet right up front. The maltiness and strong roast come in on the back end. Chocolate and bitter roast finish it out. It’s not terrible. The flavor is milky and sweet. There is a light roast and a lightly bitter finish. It’s watery and flavorless in the middle. The mouth feel is thin and watery with a lack carbonation and a dry thin finish. The aftertaste is thin and roasty with a sweet lactose there as well. This is not a great porter

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (10145) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 7, 2016
Sweeter than expected with a little less roast. Cramel, toffee, chocolate coffee nose and flavor. Body is medium. Smooth, easy drinker.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Quick3Beers (949) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - APR 10, 2016
Pours a dark brown from a bottle. Toasty, coffee and chocolate aroma and flavor. Rather sweet. I feel like a lot of porters have lots of effervescence in the mouth that reminds me of soda, not sure why, but this one has it too. Okay beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2815) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - APR 4, 2016
Poured from 12 oz. bottle at Quarry House Tavern in Silver Spring, MD. Opaque, dark mahogany with a a khaki head and very good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, roasted coffee, chocolate and caramel. Taste of roasted coffee, roasted malt, chocolate and mild fruity hops. Medium/full body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dacrza (853) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2016
DATE: March 29, 2016... OCCASION: watching Gone Girl with Shan on a Spring Break Tuesday... GLASSWARE: Kisatsky’s Tavern pint... APPEARANCE: midnight black, cola-clinging bubbles adorn the glass... off-white head forms at a staunch, quarter-inch... coral fingers stretch as the glass drains... AROMA: malty, chocolaty suggestions early, with toasted cereal grains... not much hops to speak of, but not the point of th porter... PALATE: creamy, with a coffeeish body that adds texture at the throat... lactic milk smoothness .pervades the experience...TASTE: peat, coffee, some vegetable, and lactic suggestions... a strong, smoky flavor lingers at its end... OVERALL: not as memorable as the majority of the Southern Tier offerings, but this is sufficient for what is needed from a porter...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1666) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2016
Deep brown appearance with an average size beige head and modest lacing. Aroma of roasted coffee, dark chocolate and caramel malts. Earthy, dusky, bitter flavor amid some smoke. Aftertaste is like a rich, chewy brownie. Medium bodied, decently carbonated mouthfeel; lingering finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ebone1988 (1372) - Dearborn, 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 (7690) - 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 (1395) - 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 (373) - 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.


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