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RATINGS: 304   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrRomero (1975) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt. I'm assuming this beer isn't as good on tap. Has a roasty flavor with a bit of nuttiness and chocolate. Very nice.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SirTom (88) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Not bad. I believe the festive ale from Sweetwater is simlar to this, but much higher in alcohol.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 4, 2003
Good porter, easy drinking. Decent off-white head. Not a coffee fan, and this affects many of my porter judgements. Chocolatey toffee taste too.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2003
Nice jet black color,medium sized brown head that lasted for a good long time.Malty sweet aroma with just a mild hint of hops,raisins and maybe plum with a slightly wine like character as well in the aroma.malty sweet taste at first then it changes to chocolate and hops with a mild coffee coming on later in the tasting.A bit overly carbonated for my taste but still decent.The alcohol does make a brief appearance in the taste but fades quickly back to chocolate and malt.The after taste is malty and fruity with a light amount of hops with a malty sweet hop finish.The carbonation seems to get in the way slightly but it doesn't seem to change the flavor at all.Not a bad brew but could use just a slight decline in carbonation to make it much better.Thanks to Brewbandit for this brew.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (11530) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 29, 2003
(draft) Black body with medium beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, roasty chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, watery chocolate, light roasty. Light-medium body.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2003
Nice roasty, malty aroma. Seems to be a bottle conditioned beer although I can find no mention of it on the label. Dark brown color with mahogony highlights when held up to a light. Medium carbonation with a big tan head that dissapates rather quickly. Lighter mouthfeel than I would have expected. Good malty start, very fruity middle. Dry finish, with a slightly off, metallic tinge. A bit fruitier than I would like and not quite roasty enough. Still a fairly decent beer.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5142) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 23, 2003
Black, tan head the goes away quickly. Faint roasty and clean odor. Mild raisin and coffee flavors, then some hop bitterness. clean finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rajendra82 (953) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2003
The beer when poured in the glass looked opaque black with a rough brown head that dissipated to a thin line of bubbles. The beer lacked a strong hop aroma but had noticeable bite of hop bitterness. Great roasted coffee taste with a drying palatte feel that got stronger and deeper with time. The overall experience was excellent. The body was a bit lighter than I expected, but was not weak by any stretch of the imagination. An exceptionally drinkable brew, that is typically stelar work of this brewery.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6217) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2003
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, caramel, toasted bread), lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of dust and vanilla, hint of toffee. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Chalky/dusty nose at first provoked a cough or two from the initial sniffs, but as that diminished, the attractive malt profile took over. Soft hops work well in the background. Very good flavor balance. Not the cleanest or most interesting implementation perhaps, but still quite enjoyable.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 9, 2003
Bottle Medium reddish-brown with a quickly disappearing tan head. Aroma is a bit faint, but has some chocolate, faint roasted grains, yeasty esters, and earthy notes. The flavor starts out well enough, with some chocolate malt, hop bitterness, and a crisp acidity, then turns sour and tart midway. There’s a bit of roasted grain bitterness on the finish, but it’s otherwise ruled by the overpowering sourness. This could have been a solid porter, but the rough finish screws it up. Thanks to goldtwins for the bottle.


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