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RATINGS: 213   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   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.


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2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerscout (298) - New Windsor, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown with reddish tint color. Thin coffee brown head. Aroma of coffee, caramel, burnt toast, and ash tray. Flavor was coffee, nutty, sugary, and burnt vanilla. I get what they were trying to accomplish. I just didn’t mesh with this one. Good try, give ’em credit for that.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sturmthis (232) - USA - APR 1, 2014
12oz bottle. Coffee aroma. Dark brown with ruby tint. Beige and thick head. Bitter coffee taste. Enjoyable porter.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ed5388 (1734) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Sampled at Big Brew Beer Festival (Morristown). Poured a dark brown color with a small creamy tan head. One of the best smelling coffee beers I've had. Aroma of a fresh robust cup of black coffee. So good! Taste of roasted coffee, chocolate, dark roasted malt, and vanilla.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (3863) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (5718) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, dark brownish black pour with thin tan head, aroma brought notes of dark chocolate, roast, lots of acidic coffee, espresso, some slight vanilla in there. Taste is a mix of nice coffee, roast, espresso, some slight vanilla into dark cocoa, cocoa powder, earthy, spicy notes, finishing fairly bitter, dry.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (5336) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2014
bottle. cola colored pour. coffee heavy porter as expected. roasted malts, some chocolate, heavy coffee infusion. decent

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Howlader (422) - - FEB 6, 2014
Served in a pint glass at Iron Horse Tap room in Washington, DC. Pretty decent porter, lots of good coffee notes.

3.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
Westchesterco (790) - 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 (2693) - 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 (2377) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (1712) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Almost opaque, oily black pour with mahogany fringes and a non-retentive head. Nice coffee and cocoa nose. Flavors have coffee, well done, alongside chocolate malts for sweetness and a nice roasted finish. Clean and well put-together, this is substantive and smooth on the palate. Extremely drinkable and soft. Delicious.


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