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Chief BlackHawk Porter is a robust black and sharply bittersweet ale. This style was traditionally the session beer consumed by the porters in London.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - OCT 17, 2004
very dark brown color with some reddish tints...creamy tan head. chocolate and coffee aroma. chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and earthy flavors dominate this wonderful Porter...nice balance of hops in the finish that make this brew stand out a bit from the rest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
djmcfar (64) - Ixonia, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 29, 2004
Toasted and chocolate aroma --- nice head, good lace --- coffee, malty with a sweet yet bitter flavor -- some hops --- interesting combo --- nice finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6083) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 10, 2004
Bottled: Deep brown and nearly opaque with an initial frothy tah head before fading leaving a very good lace. The aroma has notes of bittersweet chocolate, light smoke and caramel malts, some fruity and piney hops, and a earthy yeast ester. The taste starts surprisingly hoppy witha noticeable pney background and a bitter coffee twang throughout. A nice dose of malts midsection. The finish is smokey and bitter. The feel is lively and thin, crisp. Overall it has a leaning towards bitters more the malts but is balanced enough to enjoy completely.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2004
On tap at brewery. Off white head developed over an opaque to deepest brown beer. No nose. Some chocolate notes but hints of that chili pepper spiciness that seems to be a house flavor that I do not like. Nice bitterness, but little flavor otherwise. Seems thin for style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3173) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2004
Deep brown body, medium cream-colored head. Aroma is distinctly toasty with chocolate notes. Body is chocolatey and tangy/woody. Has a tart (dark fruit/twig) component that is unusual in a porter. Bitter, earthy hops. After having several solid porters recently this comes up short. If I homebrewed maybe Iíd know the malt variety that dominates this beer- it is pretty boring. It also dominates a couple Imperial Stouts Iíve tried, where it fared better among "brothers"- Bear Republic and Left Hand.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2004
Small light tan frothy head that lasts a while, dark brown body. Smokey chocolate aroma and some kind of chocolatey liquor. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Roasted bitter licorice, chocoloate, and coffee. The bitterness is weird. It seems to come from an awkward hop addition... like they added a little bit of cascade hops or something to counteract the malt. Pretty good though!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2561) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 19, 2004
beautiful dark pour... very little head. Smelled great.. carried a strong mocha malty smell that was very pleasing... Smooth on the tongue lacking a little of the creaminess I would have liked ... has a great flavor w/ a bit of a bitter aftertaste... defitally a roasted malt flavor... not the best tasting porter iíve had but good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kevin (2089) - New Mexico, USA - JUN 7, 2004
Beauty, Clark. pours a dark brown almost black with a gorgeous, thick light tan head. creamy aroma(is that possible?) good flavor with a touch of coffee and very slight bitter taste. finishes with a roasted malt taste. doesnít quite taste as good as it looks, but the world is full of things that look better than they are(you know who you are)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2004
Nice rich, roasted chocolate malt aroma. Color is a deep dark brown, nearly black. Carbonation is medium with a good sized, pillowy mocha head. Nice, rich malty profile. Slight bitterness from the roasted malt, which makes this pleasingly refreshing. A nice rich beer, with just enough hops to keep things in balance. The malt is in the spotlight here, as well it should be. Well crafted beer. The more beers I have from this brewery, the more of a fan of them I become.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2004
Appearance: deep, fully black color, with a huge, lush, creamy tan head. Nose is all cocoa and cream, notes of coffee, and bits of bitterness. Lovely. Bitterness continues through the palate, but mildly. Malt is thick, mouthfeel lush, smooth, relaxed, but still hearty as any porter ought to be. Well-rounded as can be, this is my idea of a session beer, full of character and flavor, easy to down, but rewarding with flavor. Good, good stuff, this! Itíd earn a permanent place in my fridge, if it only crossed the border into MN.

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