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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
Very full bodied ale. This one pushes the limits. A porter on steroids. Chocolate, roast coffee and smoky undertones with a big creamy head. Hops are balanced by a large malt backbone. Welcome to the dark side. Built with 7 grains and 7 additions of 5 hop types.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8661) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 30, 2004
A medium-high carbonation promotes the singular dominating quality of the malt (roastiness) and facilitates quaffability...Feeble vinous suggestions reside within some sweet nuttiness as a lactic quality roams about, but all is hush-hush...Fair roasty bitterness in the end closes this simple toasty pint...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2004
Very dark ruby red color, slight foamy head - tan. The nose is primarilly coffee with a light roastiness - not much else though, a pretty boring nose. Coffee at the front of the body - lively and raw bean-like. An organic bitterness in the middle that lingers into the finish. Too much bitter, not enough roast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - APR 22, 2004
I really enjoyed this brew. The mouthfeel and aroma were a perfect match, making for a very drinkable beer. Darker and little more bitter than most porters.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2004
Deep brown with amber highlights that produced a fizzy tan head and okay lace. The aroma hints of plums and grapes, cashews, floral hops, light mocha and coffee notes, zesty yeast esters. Lots of smoky, nutty, and coffee in the taste. Acidic and fruity undertones and moderate bitter finish. The mouthfeel is thin, lively and crisp. Another quaffable porter that is heavy on the smoked malts.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldGrowth (2987) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAR 13, 2004
Bottle: Ok nose, coffee, nutty, chocolate. Clear reddish black color. Small head that faded quick. Roasted malt flavor. Chocolate and nutty. Thin body, leaves malty flavors on tounge. Not bad, not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
walrus (13) - USA - FEB 26, 2004
Like all Wachusett ... not too strong, not too weak, broad, smooth, rounded, dense foam, but not lots of it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 25, 2004
12 oz bottle. Boy, either these guys have just gone downhill, or there's something in the water or yeast they're using that I just don't cotton to. I found this thinnish, with a lightly roasty but also alas, soapy nose; bitter charred wood flavor without much counterbalancing sweetness, or enough malt. Very bitter finish. Bleah.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 7, 2004
Dark brown with a thin off-white head.Chocolate,roasted malt charcater.Medium to full on the palate and sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 31, 2004
Tap. Dark brown black with some head. Decent hop and chocolate aroma. Body is a little thin for a porter, taste somewhat bland, nothing too special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (12459) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 6, 2004
Beautifully creamy tan head atop a black body, leaving nice watery lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, invitingly chocolate and roasty, with some coffee as well. Ah, but the taste does not deliver what the nose promises. Instead, it is minimally sweet, bitter roasted coffee. Creamy medium body.

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