RATINGS: 187   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Everyone loves a good ninja, and were 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 wed 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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2009
Bomber. Poured cola brown with a huge, creamy cap of khaki head, which also rolled up and out of the bottle. The aroma picked up dusty, drier chocolate notes and toasty black malts, but there was some cardboard and dank potential infection that got in the way. The flavor had more genero-dark malts than chocolate, with some touches of choc and molasses on the edges.. mild sourness again hinted at infection, and the same dark, dank stuff from the nose was in here.. roasty chocolate and molasses with a hint of cardboard on the finish. Medium-bodied and too carbonated on the palate.. this may be in the early-ish stages of infection.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DialSquare (4668) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2009
from tasting notes - tap sampler at the coxe ave location: dark brown pour with small light tan head. muted aroma of roasty malts, chocolate and coffee. taste is the same with a cola feel to it. texture thin to medium. definitely drinkable enough for a porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jstraw (1966) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2009
Dark mahogany with big, fizzy, foamy tan head / Mild nose of tobacco / Light to medium body, fizzy and aggressive carbonation, produces weak and watery feel, with decent finish / Flavors of tobacco, cocoa, and grass, with dark fruit notes / Uneven effort. Poor body detracts, but good flavor profile shows promise.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2009
Pours a deep brown color with a light brown head. Aroma is roast, caramel, toast, chocolate, and some dark fruit notes. Flavor is caramel, toast, slightly fruity, roast, and bitter roasty earthy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Shag (2892) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 11, 2009
This ninja is smoking! Well Ill get to that later. The appearance is a dark brown to black color. The aroma contains some coffee beans, chocolate, and a bit of smokiness. The flavor leans toward the bitter side with hints of chocolate, stale coffee, and a very smokey finish. The palate is rather thin. Overall not bad but could use a little something else.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5327) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Tap. The body was dark brown with some ruby at the edges. A khaki head on top. The aroma was nutty with some coffee. The taste was lightly roasted coffee with some pecans. A nice everyday porter, but not special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2009
Im doing my ratings from Asheville this weekend a bit backwards, starting with the growler I took home courtesy of Aaron. Tasty porter with a nice roasty finish, a little thin but thats OK for the style. Enjoyed it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 24, 2009
Draft @ the brewery. Pours dark brown/black letting some light through, a small tan head. Nose of chocolate, coffee, roast, some caramel. The body is a little thin, like my impression of a British porter. Chocolate, roast, some fruit and caramel, semi-sweet, some light bitterness to close.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JUN 23, 2009
Jet black pour with a small tan head...Chocolate coffeeish aroma...Medium body, creamy mouthfeel...chocolate flavors with some burnt charcoal in the finish...Mild carbonation...Good porter...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JUN 1, 2009
Bomber on 5/5/09. Black with ruby highlights and a large frothy head. Coffee aroma with some subdued chocolate. Medium body and carbonation, but the mouthfeel is a little thin. Some burnt sugar flavors and a malt based bitterness that is accentuated by a hoppy dryness in the finish. Drinkable, but kind of one dimensional.

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