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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. Donít be afraid of the dark.

Medals: 2003 Silver Medal Ė Great American Beer Festival; 2002 Gold Medal - World Beer Cup; 2002 Gold Medal - Great American Beer Festival; 2000 Silver Medal Ė 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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2596) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2002
GABF 2002: Deep dark red-brown. Good head. Rich roasty caramel aroma. Smooth roasty coffeeish flavor. Nice balance.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3187) - Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2002
Lighter than some porters, you can easily tell that itís brown but itís still dark enough that it looks black at a glance. Head is nice thick creamy light tan foam. It lasted through the very end. Nice roastiness in the aroma with a hint of chocolate. Some burnt flavors on top of the chocolate with a nice balanced citric hop flavor. Non the same level as their outstanding IPA, but still a great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2002
The professor went down to Georgia, he was lookiní for some local to drink... This is a fine, really quite roasty and refreshing porter. Feels right, smells right, but more so than some others, has a real roasty challenge with a hop bit at the close. A winner! BUT I only got one! Where was my head!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2002
Doesnít hold a candle to Anchor Porter. I found it thin not med. bodied.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 16, 2002
Very dark red (almost black) . This beer is like a liquid dessert; immediate chocolate flavor that evolves into a malty finish. Heavy but smooth. A great beer to finish off the night.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2002
Malt and chocolate, roasted aroma. Nice brown/dark red color, with rocky off-white head. Smooth carb with med to heavy body. Malty taste, some chocolate, copper?, and enough hops to give it a bitter side. Nice porter.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2002
A nice porter with the color of garnet and a light brown head. Chocolate, coffee and roasted malt on the nose. Heavy chocolaty malt up front giving way to roasted and smoky characteristics in the finish. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 31, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 This beer has a creamy head with a sweet/malt aroma. Begins with a solid chocolate taste and finishes a bit weak. As my glass gets less full, I like it more. Thanks belgianhomebrew!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 29, 2002
The pour: almost exactly like the bottled Guinness Extra Stout I just had: dense, black, small bubbles; but less head retention. Aroma of coffee and port, rather weak. Flavor is indeed velvety, with some chocolate and fortified wine character; itís good but it doesnít excite me. Finish very smooth and dry. Hops indistinct to say the least. This is the kind of porter I would have LOVED a couple of years ago; now I want something, oh, I donít know, more powerful. This is Robin to Fullerís Batman; worth drinking, but not the best.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcalbi (380) - Medford, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2002
Man this was tasty! Opaque color with a subtle hop bitterness. Thick and chewy (medium body my ass!) with flavors of bitter chocolate and prunes. Awefrickinsome!!!


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