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RATINGS: 219   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Brewed with organic roasted barley and chocolate malts for a rich, dark and robust flavor with an infusion of organic vanilla beans and coffee from the Dominican Republic farm community Alta Gracia.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 15, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2014 Draught at the brewery, 2/7/14
"Thick" looking black body seems to be pretty close to opaque (not tested) with a rapidly receding charred-beige head that sits around a cover.
Coffee, shockingly, in the nose is quite aromatic, with some sweeter chocolate notes and light vanilla. Not too much roast though a bit of vinousness does emerge as it warms. No hops noted in the nose. A touch of glue-like notes that I usually associate with coffee beers. Medium strength of aroma.
Coffee is immediately mixed with roast bitterness and sweet vanilla-like maltiness. Carbonation is on the lighter side, which is never good for these coffee beers, IMHO, even though I usually like porters to be low in carbonation. I just think the coffee builds up too much and unless they are nearly bone-dry examples (this isn’t), it just gets too be too much without lots of carbonation to break things up. Alternately, lots of roasted malt vinousness could do the trick, but that is also absent here. Still, as negative as all that was, the coffee here is done well, not overdone and real. The beer is a little too sweet only after significant warming. A bit watery and syrupy at the same time, on the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Howlader (660) - - FEB 6, 2014
Served in a pint glass at Iron Horse Tap room in Washington, DC. Pretty decent porter, lots of good coffee notes.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (5603) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2014
bottle. cola colored pour. coffee heavy porter as expected. roasted malts, some chocolate, heavy coffee infusion. decent

3.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
Westchesterco (823) - mclean, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2014 Poured from a bottle it is a cola brown color with a slight head. The aroma is slightvsweet malty aroma. The taste is bitter strong coffee which is a surprise from the delicate aroma

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (3018) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2014
From a 12 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a clear dark cola with a thin ecru head. Malty nose. Flavors of coffee dominating, but with strong chocolate and licorice notes. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2387) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Pours a two finger tan head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Black color, no highlights, yeast left in bottle. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose and flavor is strong roasted coffee. $1.90 for a 12oz bottle from a Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
puboflyons (2047) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 21, 2013
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. It pours mahogany brown with reddish hues and a soft tan head that settles in for the session. Vibrant aroma of dark roasted coffee, vanilla beans, and yes, maybe the slightest dark fruit character. Medium and smooth body. Roasted coffee merges with a biscuit malt sweetness and the mildest of hop finishes. Only vaguely bitter but totally enticing. I wish I picked up more of these.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dan269605 (235) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Looks like coffee, smells like coffee, tastes like coffee. That pretty much sums it up, but as far as a porter goes, at 5% it’s thinner than I like and I could use more complexity in the aroma and taste. As it is, it’s pretty much a coffee bomb, good coffee, but a bit one dimensional.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JFGrind (1834) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Greeted by a strong, inviting coffee aroma, darkest brown body that blends with a chocolate and light vanilla flavor. With all the strong aromas the end result this porter’s body was lighter than I expected.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gizmo_ber (150) - - DEC 18, 2013
NIce solid roast coffee flavor, goes down nice and smooth. A solid coffee porter.


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