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RATINGS: 306   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. 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

finn1918's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
finn1918 (211) - Georgia, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Pours a deep ruby with a 1-finger light khaki head that disappears after a couple minutes and doesnít leave much lacing. Good carbonation. Aroma is roasted malts, caramel, and spices. Taste follows suit with plenty of chocolate/caramel sweetness and a very mild hop finish. Very sweet for its style. Body is big enough to let you know itís there, but thin enough to remind you that you arenít drinking a stout, which makes for easy drinking. Very good, but not mind-blowing. Good for a Friday night relaxer or for a porter/stout newbie.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (3927) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 3, 2015
12 oz bottle thanks to my buddy Matt B. Fast vanishing head in a shaker glass. Aroma is molasses, charred barley and mild roast.

Lighter - medium in body with a soft carbonation level. The flavor is baseline for the style with some mild lingering roast and chocolate. Burnt coffee bean and sugar. Drinkable and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"pretty nice hop and dark malt balance here. slightly sweet leaning, but light-medium on the palate. lots of roast in the aroma...a little more subdued in the flavor, with hints of cocoa, and molasses. pretty nice, even well past itís best by date."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mporritt (16) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Chocolate and roasted malt. Toasty caramel with nice rounded yeast esters. Super delicious. My favorite beer from sweetwater. This was a 2012 bottle. I believe they don't bottle this anymore.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bulk_Carrier (2431) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Reviewed from notes. Rcvd in trade. This one was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a nice looking hazy brown color. The head was about a fingerís worth that died in about a minute and left some adequate lacing. The smell had a nice blend of roasty sweet chocolate with an ample amount of coffee notes to intrigue my nose. The taste had a nice roasty sweet flavoring rolling over my taste buds. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a nice smoothness rolling over my tongue. Overall, I say this was a really nicely done Porter very worthy of having again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatDane1632 (673) - USA - MAY 8, 2014
Rated from notes taken at the brewery -- Shared this fresh off the brite tank with Will the brewer! Great porter, would love to drink this year-round.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (2551) - South Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2014
This Bob Marley tribute beer was served in pint glass at the brewery. A - opaque and nearly black but with noticeable brown coloration. Off-white head quickly turns to a top coat but leaves a nice coating on the glass as the liquid is drained. S - caramel & roasted malt T - rich; crisp for a porter; primary taste seems to be well-roasted malt M - full; fairly smooth but with a very slight bite. (from 2010 notes).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Bottle thanks to SSSteve. This one evidently ages well. Nose is tootsie roll, bready, toffee, light toasty chocolate. Flavor is similar with a light sweet and floral hop finish. Really nice and the best beer Iíve had from sweet water.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (6040) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2013
Bottle shared thanks to iphonephan. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, a little dark fruit, caramel. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with light carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHeath99 (1236) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUN 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with thin head that fades rapidly. Decent lacing. Aroma of chocolates and coffee. Taste of dark chocolate and black coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (10538) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Bottle Courtesy of Doodler (thanks Scott) poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted maltr and light earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate and light earthiness with a smooth lingering roasty finish.

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