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RATINGS: 303   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


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
haddon90 (1432) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (4650) - 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.

2.9
   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.

2.6
   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.

4.2
   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.

2.3
   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

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
redlem (1301) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (7634) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2003
Thanks to aracauna for the trade. Nice dark brown (almost black) pour with a thick dark beige head. Nice lacing throughout the glass. Aroma is lightly smoky under malt and coffee. Somewhat rich with a nice blend of coffee, chocolate, and malt. The finish is a little sharp, maybe even hoppy. This is a solid beer, and my only problem with it would be a lack of refinement.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sassy (217) - Mullet Capital of the World, Georgia, USA - JUN 22, 2003
I didn't know what to expect from a beer with a huge fish on the label, seeing as I live by the Tennessee River in the same region as the brewery, and it is advised not to touch the fish for health reasons. Anyway, I love the pitch black color and the flavor was Okay, but it could be improved by removing some of the sourness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shag (2584) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 16, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2003 Appearance is black as death with an excellent lacing and head. Aroma is chocolate and smoke. Flavor is slighty hoppy with some chocolate and toffee notes. Has a distinct taste common to all of the Sweetwater beers Ive had. Not a bad taste but certainly distinct. Quite similar to a smoked porter almost. A good porter but a little less complex and slightly more tangy than most. But still a good beer to have to ring in my birthday!


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