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RATINGS: 189   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   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
EricTeusink (700) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 15, 2013
This one sat in the fridge for awhile after I had brought it back from a backpacking trip in North Carolina. Pours nearly black with a hint of red. Head is limited and lacing nearly nonexistent. Mouthfeel is slightly viscous with a limited amount of carbonation. Alcohol and roasted grain dominate the nose. Flavor is roasty with a touch of citrus. I think this beer may be a bit underrated. Goes well with a touch of praline ice cream. Bottle - Ingles Market - Brevard, NC

3.2
GTAEgeek (2184) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2013
22 oz. bottle. Dark brown (nearly black) pour, with a huge, bubbly, tan head. Aroma of burnt sugar, cherries, very light coffee, and some peat. Nice, mellow sweetness through the middle, with some light bitterness in the finish. Light to medium body, lightly astringent, and a little watery. Light carbonation. Overall, this is an interesting porter, with very little of the standard burnt aromas, but focusing instead on a good hop profile. The mouthfeel is a little weak, though.

3.5
Strykzone (7305) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Sampled at esbls. Dark red black. A ring. I smell smoky coffee. That defines the flavor, too.

3.2
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2013
Can from Sam’s, Durham. Kind of an atrocious label, a bad Frank Miller silhouette from early 1980s Daredevil. But otherwise, it’s a decent looking brew once it escapes the aluminum. Looks a bit thin, but the head is lustrous. Nice chocolate malts and mild roasts in the nose. Sure enough, body is weakish, compromising the encounter with the otherwise solid flavors. Decent but I don’t think I’d be inclined for a return trip.

3.2
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 23, 2013
Bottle. Smell is caramel, chocolate, light coffee, mild smell overall. Taste is bitter cocoa, old coffee, low medium sweetness, roasted malts, and a ever so slight back end metallic tang. A bit thin and overly carbonated. Averageish.

3.6
jmm635 (1004) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2013
Can. Poured near black with a creamy light brown head. Roasted malts and coffee aroma. Maybe a bit thin but still a good porter.

4.4
BarleyandVine (56) - Stockbridge, Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Truly art in a glass! Chocolately roasty aroma with a hint of hops. Easy drinking and well balanced. Looking forward to a second glass!

3.4
mikem409 (2022) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2013
can. pours brown with solid tan head. aroma of ash and roasted nuts. taste is thin lots of ash some chocolate. average

3.3
jbruner (4691) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Pours a translucent brownish-black from the bottle with foamy tan head that dissipates to leave good lacing. Aroma of coffee and roasted malts, taste follows with a clean, bitter finish. Pretty decent porter, and one of the better production beers they make.

4.1
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Beer #7 Asheville trip. Another solid beer, and probably my actual favorite at Asheville Pizza and Brewing. There were an unusually high number of really good porters in the city. Black. Aroma and flavors matched. Loads of chocolate, but not bitter in nature, toffee, and then a nice mint note on the finish. I’m guessing now that I read the description that this was from the Northern Brewer. Good stuff.


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