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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A rich, dark, complex, full-bodied porter with hints of dark chocolate, raisins, black licorice, and currents on the palate, and a smoky, sour finish. Unlike conventional ales which go from fermenter to serving tank fully carbonated and under pressure, cask ales leave the fermenter flat, and are transferred to a cask along with unfermented malt. In the cask, the ale goes through a secondary fermentation which leaves it gently carbonated. Stored and hand pulled at cellar temperature (53 - 58 degrees).

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2.5
jcwattsrugger (12418) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2008
pours a light brown head and black color. Aroma is dark malt-roasty, dark fruit. Taste is slightly sweet, dark malt-roasty, dark fruit-slight sourness. Minimum/no carbonation. Aftertaste-some dusty/coffee.

3.7
jeremyd365 (124) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Poured to a 4oz sample glass from the cask right in the pub. It was a thick chocolately brown with low carbonation and a small light brown head. Smelled and tasted both of chocolately coffee. Not huge flavor but very pleasant. I enjoyed the cask pull at the "cellar temperature". Definitely a drinkable beer--could have had a little more body.

3.7
3fourths (9332) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Cask at the brewery. Sweet nose of malted milk balls and dry grains, resembling a dry stout at times. Dark and oily, silky, very fine and quiet on the tongue, with a delicate motor oil silkiness and a light astringency to the roasted malts. Fairly good, and I think the cask adds a lot to this beer.

2.7
dsm (109) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2007
sample a brewpub. Pours a deep dark brown. Smells and tastes of raisins and licorice. Doing this beer in the cask has made it a little thin and flat, allowing the licorice to overpower the taste.

2.7
Ratman197 (14704) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2007
Bottle (leftover from GABF) pored a clear brownish black with a minimal tan head. Aromas of esspresso, roastiness and hints of dark chocolate and vanilla. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of coffee, roasted malt, bitter chocolate and a hint of smoke with a lingering roasty bittersweet finish.

3.7
AOF (306) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Deep dark brown with a full and creamy three finger head. A truly great looking beer. Alot of dark aromas in this. Deep roasted malts, dark chocolate, and dried fruits. A little too smoky for my tastes, and lost points because of it. Medium bodied and smooth in the mouth. A pretty good beer.

3.7
patrick767 (4063) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 30, 2007
cask at brewpub - Pours black with a tan head. The aroma is mainly chocolate and roast malt. There’s lots of dark chocolate in the roast malt led flavor. It has a medium body and a sweet, creamy finish.

2.5
frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2007
Deep brown, not quite black, a little thin looking with a slight, oily-brown head. Weak yet roasty aromas. Chocolate and roasted coffee flavor with mild vinegar notes. I don’t mind my Porters thin, but this was a little too thin. Unimpressive.

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3.4
Sammy (12105) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2007
A keeper on cask here. Mocha head on top of very dark brown. Sessionable ABV. Well malted and the bias is on the sweeter side and so drinkable. Cocoa, coffee, mollasses, mild roastiness. Could have more aroma with all of these ingredients.

3.5
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2007
Pours a pitch black color with no head. Aroma and flavor of raisins and licorice with a smoky finish. The body is light with an oily texture and gentle carbonation. Good stuff.


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