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RATINGS: 190   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Everyone loves a good ninja, and we’re no exception. This beer has chopped, flipped and posed its way to its pedestal as one of our most popular and asked-about offerings. "How?" you may ask. Part of it is pure stealth power and part of it is pure secret, and we’d have to kill you. But the other part is the rich, satisfying body and hard-hitting chocolate finish with notes of coffee and caramel. Carefully measured quantities of Mt. Hood, Northern Brewer and Cascade hops added with masterful precision balance it all out.

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3.6
Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Bottle. Pours a deep woody brown nearing black with a thin lasting beige head. Aroma is nutty, old earthy espresso and coffee hints, big chocolate, toast, and osme herbs. Flavor is nice nutty toasted malts, dark chocolate, tootsie roll sweetness, earth, light roast and coffee with light herbal and some citrus hops. Mild bitterness in the end.

3.3
dimenhetfield (2554) - , Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Dark black pour, with thin brown head. Chocolate malt aroma. Creamy and very easy to drink.

2.7
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 2, 2010
22oz bottle, 2010-10-02 - Pours dark brown to near black with reddish hues and a big fluffy tan head. Notes of tart fruit, lightly sour, winey, tannic, acidic malt. Medium bodied, tart with lively carbonation.

3.7
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - SEP 29, 2010
Poured dark brown, roasted malts, dark fruits, dark chocolate, little coffee, slight hops.

3.5
bubbleflubber (2235) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Pours cola-esque, with ruby fringes and a thin, retentive soapy head that leaves light soap lacing. The nose is of marshmallow, roasted coffee and dark fruity esters. The flavors are dry, smoky, of roasted coffee, slight citrus rinds, bitter chocolate on top of a deep malt base. The finish is of roasted smoked bitters and a hint of citric acid. A creamy mouthfeel contrasts a zesty carbonation. The body is light and the palate is very smooth. Decent porter indeed.

3.4
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Draft. Beige head atop clear red-dark brown body, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, some roast, light orange/earthy. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, coffee/roast, light earthy/orange/grapefruit. Light-medium body, somewhat smooth.

3.2
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2010
bomber. Roast up front w/ hops & coco powder. Very driankable. Dark as a ninja.

3.8
zizzybalubba (1886) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2010
On tap at Asheville Pizza and Brewing (Coxe Ave.). Dark, cola-like pour with a quickly dissipating khaki head. Aroma of light floral hops, coffee, and toasted malt. Roasted malt and chocolate flavors. Thick for a low ABV porter. Good overall even if this was heavier than I expected.

2.9
alexsdad06 (10805) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2010
22 oz. bottle from the Greenlife Grocery in Asheville. Pours a clear dark brown color with a small beige head. The aroma was roasted coffee/espresso with a slight sourness. The flavor was roasted to almost burnt, dark chocolate, coffee with more sour fruitiness. Dry with some bitterness in the finish. Very thin and watery. I don’t know how old this was or how well it was stored, but it was not something I would seek out again.

3.7
phaleslu (10668) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2010
22 oz. bottle from Bruisin’ Ales. Cool bottle- ninja and rising sun theme. Pours a very dark brown color with a centimeter-thick tan head that leaves some thin, consistent lacing down the sides of the glass. Aroma of coffee beans, vanilla, milk chocolate, roasted malts, and malt powder. Flavor of milk chocolate powder, roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, metallic notes, and a bit of hops. Medium bodied, with gentle carbonation and a powdery mouthfeel. Unfortunately a bit too watery. Otherwise, this is a nice porter.


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