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RATINGS: 189   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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American hops provide a smooth distraction for Payback Porter’s robust strength, which is concealed within the shadows of dark imported malts.


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dhunter151 (467) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAY 15, 2013
Pours black with a white head. Roasted malt, coffee, pine/hop flavor. Very well done. Easy to drink. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
OldPeculiar (10) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 23, 2010
Very, very tasty. Well balanced. Licorice malty chocolaty notes. Beautiful color with thick head that goes away a bit too quickly. Long aftertaste. Definitely one of my favorites.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DYCSoccer17 (3226) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 16, 2010
22 ounce bottle purchased at the Davis Food Co-Op. Aroma on this is really nice. Lots of chocolate sweetness present with a little bit of roastiness. Mostly opaque black-colored body with a large light brown, frothy head. Leaves good lacing. Very attractive. Starts a little roasty, with some light astringency. Coffee roasts come through in the middle. Finishes with a nice burnt bitterness. Great mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. Ethanol is hidden well. This is a fantastic porter!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wisdomsolo (311) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2013
Excellent porter. Pretty dark brown/black. Loveliness in the nose feels. Sweet and rich. Very glad to have had a chance to try this one.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RedSox2004 (1139) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Coal black with a two-finger espresso-colored head and thick, splotchy lacing. Very strong aromas of coffee, cocoa and burnt firewood with a hint of vanilla and dark cherries. Sweetness up front from the malts is reminiscent of dark fruit, followed and overwhelmed by wonderful mocha and roasted malt flavors. Subtle hops bitterness keeps things in balance. Medium to full bodied, little carbonation to speak of, and a rich coffee and chocolate aftertaste. Alcohol is not noticed. This is great.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wlajwl (3553) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - OCT 24, 2012
Aroma is dark malts, fruit and a strong hint of acidity. The flavor is dark malts, fruit, notes of tropical fruit, a hint of nuttiness and a medium acidic finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JDBaker11058 (1131) - Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Appearance: silky near-black pour, with a surprisingly thick and creamy tan head, with decent lacing. Aroma: rich bittersweet dark and milk chocolate, cream, vanilla, brown toast, coffee. Taste: roasty dark malts dominate up front, with chocolate, caramel, cream, and a bit of nuts; then there’s a wave of mellow, slightly piney hops. Finish: smooth, roasty, slightly dry, with a bit of chocolate pudding flavors lasting the longest. Notes: Really enjoyed this porter. Smooth, creamy, roasty, chocolatey, everything I look for. Probably one of the top two or three standard porters I’ve ever had.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ethereal (2410) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 13, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2010 Bottle from City Beer, drunk at home, 20th March 2010. Black with a tan head. Heady aroma of alcohol, wood and iodine. In the mouth, molasses, caramel and liquorice. Smooth, full body, feels just right.

Original rate: 6/4/8/4/17. On tap at Zeitgeist, San Francisco, 27th March 09, with Phyllis. Pure black with the slightest hint of a head. Nice porter flavours with a little liquorice and restrained roastiness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 21, 2010
From a 22oz. Very thick, creamy, brown. Scent is classic porter with chocolate sweetness and tiny bit of caramel too. Pretty big cocoa flavor for a porter, would almost call this a stout if I were blind tasting it. Stong 7.5% abv totally masked: does not feel like that at all. Most Speakeasy ales are this way. Very light, crisp aftertaste that evaporates and leaves a very nice sparkle on the tongue. Another winner!

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
944play (340) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - SEP 7, 2010
22oz in shaker. Deepest brown with low tan head, scads of lace. Slight molasses and acrid aroma. Flavors of dark chocolate, ginger snaps, and mild medicinal herb tea. Body is a little thinner than I remember from a draft pint at Zeitgeist a few months back.


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