RATINGS: 206   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
Rich and smooth, AleWerks Porter is a traditional example from colonial times. A seven malt backbone is balanced with Fuggles hops. Sit back and relax after dinner with a pint. English Porter was first brewed, around 1720. It quickly became the beer of choice in England, Ireland and Scotland where it was brewed in ever increasing quantity. It remained popular well into the 1800’s. Brewer Robert Hare of Philadelphia produced the first commercial porter in America (1776). After the war, his porter was in great demand, buoyed no doubt by President Washington’s 1789 “Buy American” policy and his pronouncement that he would drink only porter made in America. Much of this porter came from Hare’s brewery, and some from that of Ruben Haines.

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Skyview (6115) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2007
The final beer sampled at RBSG ’07 Grand Tasting room (man do I need a break- NOT) Thanks to Immy and maniac for sharing. From bottle pours an opaque dark brown brew with an thick off-white head that dissolves slowly and leaves behind a nice lacing. Aroma of creamed coffee, some chocolate with a hint of burnt toast. Taste is lightly carbonated, medium bodied with flavors of sweet coffee, vanilla and some brown sugar. Finish has a slightly metalic aftertaste with a sweet coffee character.

FlacoAlto (4234) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 8, 2007
Pours with an almost four-finger thick, creamy-chocolate brown colored head that sits atop a blackened brown colored brew. The aroma is thick with dark malt aromatics; notes of dark chocolate, blackened malt sugars, toasted malt, lightly roasted coffee beans, some notes similar to burnt malt husks, and heavily toasted crusty bread are all quite prominent. The aroma really has a rich, dark malt character to it that is a mix of roast notes and rich, dark malt sugars; it is quite nice, if perhaps a little simplistic in its focus on dark malt driven aromatics.

Pretty well carbonated, though not overly so, it fizzes a bit as it first hits my tongue. It is not quite as rich as the aroma might suggest, but it is still a bit chewier than one might expect from your typical Porter. The finish has some lingering notes reminiscent of bitter espresso and roast grain husks. A solid malt sweetness is here, but is quite hidden by all of the roast flavors. Tastes something like a coffee, thickened with cream, but without the milk flavors, that has some solid dark chocolate flavors and is lightly sweetened by dark, but not quite burnt caramelized sugar. This really is a chewy, rich Porter and it is quite enjoyable. At times it seems there might be a touch of vegetal like flavor in the finish, though it is only noticeable at times

beermaniac (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2007
Aroma: Chocolate/cocoa, good roastiness. Otherwise clean, very nice and very appropriate for style. Appearance: Pretty much opaque, lowe head retention. Flavor: Soft chocolate and roast notes, with a good solid sweet malt base. Toffee in the finish. Very smooth, nice for style. Palate: Silky smooth, luscious sweetish malt finish. Very nice. Medium bodied. Overall: Very good porter, solid dark malt character and great mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

BDR (2535) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2007
Sampled at the RBSG 07 Grand Tasting. Black color with faint brown head. Slightly sweet with a roasted coffee flavor.

JK (6342) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Black. Fizzy. There was light coffee and some roasted character. Well balanced. Flavor had just a little sweetness. Medium palate.

badgerben (5379) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2007
RBSG 2007. Black color with no head. A little coffee aroma. Solid malt body with lots of bitter coffee, but not so much that it overwhelms the beer. Unexpected and nice.

wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2007
Thanks again Immy and maniac! this stuff looks fantastic. black....really black no light getting through except a tiny bit on the extreme edges. tight khaki head that lasts forever. smooth creamed out coffee aroma. bittersweet mocha flavor with hints of vanilla and brown sugar. dry bitter nutty coffee finish. medium body. creamy carbonation. very well done. Yet another fantastic surprise from Virginia.

Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2007
Courtesy of Styles

Bottle: The aroma has lots of black licorice, chocolate, and roasted malts. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small beige head. The flavor starts with a combination of chocolate and black licorice and finishes with some light roasted coffee.

kramer (6991) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2007
12 oz bottle, Well’s Discount Liquors. Pours a very dark brown body with some light passing thru the edges under a brown head that left some sticky lacing. Good amount of yeast in the bottle. Nice robust aroma, lots of chocolate, roast, coffee, dry chalky yeast, and some roasted peanuts. Flavor is very roasty with a dry and chalky finish. Coffee, burnt malt, yeast, and still those roasted peanuts rounds out the flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the bottle conditioning really yielded a nice soft rounded texture though the carbonation was a little too active. This was pretty good, though I really wish the carbonation were a little more pleasant.

Headbanger (4022) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2007
12oz bottle courtesy of MJ-A black body with a hige tan head and an aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste of coffee, lots of chocolate. Great tasting porter.

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