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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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6514) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2003
Not a bad porter, not bad at all. Enjoyable! Slightly sweet and syrupy, with your typical tastes that you expect in a porter, nothing really too outlandish here. A little more fruity than I expected, with a nice malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
haddon90 (1536) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2003
Dark brown color with a tan head. Malt and some fruit linger in the aroma. Sweet taste, fairly malty. Good beer from Sweetwater. Had this with jgb9348.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (4943) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2003
Dark brown in colour with a dense tan head. Smells of malt and grapes-pretty nice. Strong maltiness with a decent amount of sweetness. Aftertate fairly malty and pretty bittering. Overll, pretty good for the style...another good showing from Sweetwater. I had this beer on draught at Summit's in Sandy Springs (Atlanta), Georgia on 25-September-2003.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - SEP 24, 2003
Dark brown color with a large, frothy beige head. The aroma and flavor were both very slight...some nice burnt chocolate, dark fruits, and a sour cherry tone. The feel was too gassy...not smooth at all. I'm not impressed with this one.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 3, 2003
12 oz bottle, goblet, 50 degrees. Average, tan, creamy head is quickly diminishing and is on a deep brown body with cola to ruby edges. Chocolate and toasted grain malt; flowery hops; pepper, cola and port aromas. Aroma doesn't quite come together very well. Moderately sweet throughout with light bitterness, and a moderate sour acidity in the finish. Medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. The chocolate/cola/pepper flavor just doesn't sit well with me. The bottom line is: another dissappointing SweetWater, IMHO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2003
Chocolate malt aroma and a rich tan head begin the experience. True to its claim, it's medium bodied and very chocolatey... and CREAMY! The finish is one of continuing chocolate maltiness. Delicious.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TADDYPRTR (6) - USA - AUG 12, 2003 does not count
Nice dark pour, tight, creamy head.Starts bland and nice aftertaste. Not enough hardy enough for me

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2003
A coffee brown color with a small tan creamy head. Fresh roasted malt aroma. A nice session beer. Roasted malt taste, thin body, typical American porter.

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