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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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MIBRomeo (2569) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Black pour small off white tan head.. rich chocolate roasted malt aroma but very light.. pretty avg palate.. flavor of roasted malt chocolate and a lightly bitter finish. Boring porter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2006
bottle...fairly opaque with a medium off white fluffy head. Mild roasted malt aroma (kinda smells like puke). Some mild roasted malt flavors hardly any hops present to balance the puke out. Some burnt malt bitterness to finish. Nit a bad beer, just one that needs identity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pailhead (5348) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Bottle: Courtesy of TheBeerCellar2 via trade. Nice combination of chocolate, pine, and light coffe in the aroma. I’m also detecting a faint smell of alcohol. Pours a dark reddish-brown with just the slightest hint of transparency. Small beige head quickly fades to a ring. Moderate roastiness up front doesn’t seem to blend well with light sugary chocolate and fruit. Finishes with some nuttiness and a hint of metal. The flavors just don’t mesh for me.

   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 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Drinker101 (54) - East Ridge, Tennessee, USA - JUL 12, 2005
Aroma is alittle much. Has a great look. Taste is way too much for me. Not real impressed with this beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
cheap (4391) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Ok, my first sweet water, from a bottle. You know, there certainly is a difference between porter and stout. In some examples you can really tell the difference and in others you cannot. Pretty clean smell of mildly volatile roasted beer. Very dark. At first I think the alky level is too strong but after a few minutes it tend to mellow a bit. Goodly amount of the roasted porter thing in this brew. Yes not bad with itmildly sizzling co2. Leaves some bitterness there residing on the back of the tongue after each big swig. Near bitter personality builds inthe back ofthe throat towards the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2005
The aroma of chocolate rises to great the nose. A minute head sits upon a solution that is the color of bitter-sweet chocolate. The mouth is introduced to this beer through the infused flavors of chocolate and malt, but these are quickly overtaken by a smokey taste that won’t leave easily.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - FEB 18, 2006
Aroma of milk chocolate, giving way to roast coffee. Appears a dark, almost opaque brown, with deep mahoganey colors on the edges, and with no head to speak of. Flavor is bright but lemony at the start, giving way to a full roasted flavor, but devolving quickly into an acidic sharpness. Palate is fizzy and detracts from the overall effect. Overall, this is not a great offering, and a bit less than the sum of its parts.

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