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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.


2.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ziel (76) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 14, 2013
A very powerful coffee aroma but more mild on the taste side. That’s okay. It is smooth porter.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nejhleader (1219) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2013
A nice slight coffee, roast aroma. creamy body. Has a real coffee taste, blended well with the roasty malts. Yum

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcr (2155) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Draft. Deep brown body. Tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee, vanilla, cream, sugar, chocolate. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes moderately sweet and lightly bitter. Thin to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Taste of coffee and cream with seven teaspoons of sugar. Easy drinking, but too sweet and too thin. Aroma is nice.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
EithCubes (4699) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Bottle. Nose rich in robust, silky coffee, dark with sultry chocolate underpinnings. Mocha and not much roast. Pours deep dark brown that blocks about 80% of admitted light, supports a lacing and rocky tan head. Fat medium body is too sweet, fruity with abundant berry, little bitterness; coffee is smooth but fades away, no real roast, but the chocolate and smooth feel are nice. No vanilla to my taste, wouldn’t even have guessed it if not for the label. Pleasant but ultimately a little plain.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jasond612 (257) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2013
12/1/13 $1.99 bottle from RW while watching the fall finale of TWD on a Sunday. Very dark brown with tan head with medium lacing. Smells like fresh ground coffee. Taste is coffee right off the bat that got even stronger as it warmed slight vanilla and chocolate. Medium body with a fizzy carbonation. All in all I've had better and have had worse ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsmerig (1198) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Pours a deep black with a slickness. Aroma of chocolate and roast coffee. Taste is milk chocolate sweet up front with a touch of roast coffee followed by a subtle hop presence. Very drinkable if not run-of-the-mill. Not usually into Porters, but I would drink this.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrhopsbeertalk (97) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2013
This beer captures my ideal coffee porter aroma to perfection. The vanilla is detectable, but far more subtle. The flavor follows suit, but fails a little as a touch of harsh bitterness from something like the coffee or dark malts outweighs any sense of sweetness. Likewise, the thin-ish palate suffers as an impulse develops to re-taste the beer to wash away the finish. All in all, I did enjoy the beer, but I think there’s a need to intentionally sweeten with something like lactose or soften the bitterness added by the coffee.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
keanex (1379) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2013
Bottled October 10, 2013 (~1 month old).
Appearance: The body appears a deep chestnut until viewed through the light where I see a hazy garnet body. The head is tall and fluffy, very slowly dissipating unevenly into a very dense tan coating.
Aroma: The aroma is dominated by earthy freshly roasted coffee. While the coffee is strong and the aroma one-dimensional, I don’t find it overly coffee, in-fact it’s got a perfect strength to me.
Taste: The intro is muddy, covering up the roasted coffee with a light vanilla and bready presence. The roasted coffee comes through towards the mid-taste though with a good presence, not overbearing in the least. The finish lingers with some bitter roasted coffee.
Palate: The palate is a bit watery with light carbonation. Not a fan of this.
Overall: If the flavor matched the aroma then I would be in heaven. Unfortunately the body and the flavor really throw me off on loving this. I feel that this is a solid coffee porter, but it borders on being great and that bothers me. I’ll give this a try next year, maybe there was a production error this year.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ROBC3366 (510) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Pours a dark ink color and smells of roasted coffee. Tastes of coffee and nuts with a hint of fruit ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimsal27 (204) - New York, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Poured a deep dark brown out of bottle into snifter. A one inch tan creamy head that disappeared quickly leaving a thin tan ring on the outside of the glass. No lacing. Aroma is very complex with notes of chocolate, malt, coffee and vanilla. Taste is just as complex with coffee weighing in heaviest. Also subtle notes of chocolate and vanilla. Sweet with just a bit of bitterness to balance. Thin mouthfeel was only drawback. Just the right amount of carbonation. Quite enjoyable.


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