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RATINGS: 309   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
This is a classic American Porter, poured on tap it has a good head that stays and leaves a nice lace. It is defined by its chocolate malt, medium body, and smooth mouthfeel. Balanced by the Golding and Columbus hops on the finish is a hint of bitterness. Don’t be afraid of the dark.

Medals: 2003 Silver Medal – Great American Beer Festival; 2002 Gold Medal - World Beer Cup; 2002 Gold Medal - Great American Beer Festival; 2000 Silver Medal – Great American Beer Festival; Originally crafted as the symposium beer for the 1998 National Craft-Brewers Conference

Malt: 2 Row, Munich, 13-17 Crystal, 70-80 Crystal, Chocolate

Hops: Centenial, Golding

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Poured deep brown with a small tan head. Nice aroma, sweet and rich. Flavor was right on. Great malt prescence. My first real porter, and I rather enjoy it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2004
Light in color for a porter with a smallish sized head. Aromas I got were typical but included a light dried fruit aroma. The taste wasn’t as full bodied that I like in porters but grows on you as you drink more. I’ve found most Sweetwater beers to be very enjoyable without being too light.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3455) - Tennessee, USA - APR 20, 2004
Side by side w/ Highland Oatmeal Porter. This was thin compared to the Highland Porter. Huge off white head on a deep brown beer. Aroma was malt/bread/cookie with a flavor that was balanced with a short uninteresting finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2004
brown as a crust of rye bread; light presses through it, but emerges on the other side all bent up and disoriented. light tan head, about the shade of roasted sunflower meats. the bubbles are a bit too big to be called creamy, but with proud puffery it brandishes a tall head and lace that smears downward like a slow-motion mudslide. varied and rich aroma, some coffee and burlap door mat, some old shoe and sulphur, burnt raisin and vanilla bean. carbonation at first bites like a soda. of course, all beers have a "carbonation trajectory", from vivacious to-- given enough time--flat. and in this case, the patient drinker will soon discover a still brisk, but more palatable fizz; nice malts dominate, roasted until well-done, with moderately sweet chocolate and cola flavors, a slightly unassuming fruity bitterness of --i dunno--lime, perhaps. a medium bodied porter, nice drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
123456green (46) - houston, Texas, USA - APR 3, 2004
Dark(almost stout like)ouick fading head, nice aroma of rich malts. Finish is somewhat weak but a good beer nontheless. Will drink again. Thanks to Rajendra82 for this brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 30, 2004
Small off-white head that diminishes completely. Dark brown body. Has a burnt chocolately aroma, a bit of Oreo type of smell also. Not a ton of flavor or aroma. Tastes a bit like burnt sweet wine + chocolate. It did grow on me a bit, but it was also kind of watery so it could have been better in that regard.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2004
this is a good porter, chocolaty taste. little to no head. not very thick which is my only gripe. i would liked a little more body. taste is good, goes down pretty good too. all in all not bad.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhayden91 (3) - Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2004 does not count
This is a great porter. Anything made in Bob Marleys honor is cool. Had a nice body with a fruity aroma. Berry aroma would be about right. Like the new packaging with the Jamacian Colors. Support your local brew

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2004 Pours basically black with a noisy tan head that quickly disappears. Smells like overripe blueberries and stale chocolate grahm crackers. The dark "blueberry" aroma is pretty subdued but's it's there. The flavor reflects those same fruit notes in the flavor, and then continues onto bready coffee notes. Not the good richness of coffee, just the bitter dry parts. There's an oily overtone to the whole taste spetrum that I found distracting. The finish has more roasted malt and bready flavors. The two main flavor components (fruit start and dry finish) just don't work well together for me. This is the 2nd time I've had this beer and I thought I was more impressed the first time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Black with tan fizzy head and light lacing. Light roasted coffee, not too strong aroma. Flavor is sweet with chocolate and coffee, nutty and caramely. Finishes smooth and bitter, lightly fruity. Not too bad but nothing really stands out.

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