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RATINGS: 266   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
American hops provide a smooth distraction for Payback Porter’s robust strength, which is concealed within the shadows of dark imported malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jcarb28 (97) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Dark black on the pour. Wanted more from the aromas but the taste of sweet chocolate and light coffee and perfect hop flavors makes up for it. A bit silky on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (4254) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Requisite coffee and chocolate, but with some lingering citrus acidity and licorice. A hint of vanilla. Courtesy of Brandon on our trip to SF in 2014.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintbypint (3328) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 13, 2014
650ml brown bottle. Black pour, creamy beige head on top. Good lacework. Chocolately nose. Taste has cocoa, coffee, burnt malts. Light hop bitterenss and roasty finish. Smooth and clean for it’s strength.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 9, 2014
An average, predictable porter without the nuts and bolts of a wiser, more sophisticated offering. Obligatory velvety black finish misleads you into lame waters. Not much going on, but it’s not entirely a lemon, either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Likesemdark (2) - L.A., California, USA - MAY 3, 2014 does not count
Nice and dark pour but not as dark as others I’ve had recently. The scent is clearly that of a stout but I felt that it was lacking somehow, perhaps in strength/boldness. There is minimal "bitterness" in the aftertaste, at least, for a seasoned stout drinker like myself. I rate this "Very Good"!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maxwelldeux (4351) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - APR 29, 2014
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with a very thick tan head on there. Nose is very slightly roasty, with a bit of bitterness really coming through. Taste is roasty and a little sweet, with just a hint of chocolate. Just seems a bit underwhelming to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2014
UPDATED: APR 24, 2014 Bomber thanks to michaelinwa. Pours black with a medium foamy head that fades to a ring with big bubbles. Aroma is mostly roasted malt with some cocoa, burnt wood, and espresso. Tastes like roasted coffee and chocolate. Burnt wood and ash in the finish and a nice lingering vanilla taste too. Medium body, fairly high carbonation, and a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Very enjoyable porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jehoesefat (363) - Poway, California, USA - APR 19, 2014
Chocolate aromas. Pours thick black with a tan head. Good sweet flavors with a smooth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gripweed57 (1385) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2014
22 ounce bottle. Translucent black, brown color topped by a big rocky tan head. Rich roasted malt aroma has hints of charred wood. Bittersweet roasted malt flavor has notes of licorice and smoky malt. Tasty and smooth, with notes of cocoa and spicy hops. Very good and a must try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
patricks110 (2428) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 15, 2014
A killer porter overall with tons of big roasted malts, big espresso notes and a underlying but heavy hop profile. The pour is purely black with a thick foamy tan head. The nose is sweet and roasty with big espresso and coffee notes as well as light chocolate and vanilla accents. A mildly fruity hop in the middle peaks out amidst heavy roasted notes. The finish is bitter and lingers on for sometime adding a good balance of rich, roasted malts and contrasting hop bitterness.

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