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RATINGS: 429   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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A superb porter, hearty & dark. This one is a staff favorite, made with pale, crystal, Munich, chocolate, and black malts. The darker malts give Coal its color and rich flavor. We use Target and Willamette hops to yield a very subtle hop flavor in this porter. We cellar this beer for close to six months before releasing it on the thirsty throngs of fans.

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2.4
maltdog (626) - New Mexico, USA - JAN 25, 2005
Pours beer bottle brown with the merest of sepia heads, and no apparent carbonation. Deep soft aromas of toasted hazelnut, animal crackers, maple, fudge shop, baby powder, and seaside salt air. Smells delicious, but at the same time seems contrived, as if there were vanilla and walnut extracts in it. Curiously lacking in flavor- like a dark budweiser. Body is medium, yet fleeting. An muddy acrid finish of blackened popcorn kernelsand harsh hop bitterness. Rusty aftertaste. The missing flavor bothers me most.

2.9
Aurelius (5499) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2005
This is a good value - a solid porter with a few flaws at a decent price. At the time that I’m rating it, it’s 74 percentile, and it doesn’t deserve that -- maybe 60 percentile. Appearance deduction for the lame label, the 1970’s font and the twistoff cap. Ruby-cola brown with a large camel-colored spongey head which lasts a long time. The aroma was dry, roasty and interesting, BUT my overall impression was that it just stinks - smells like eggs mixed with cocoa powder -- it just wasn’t very inviting. Flavor is very dry, coffeeish and creosotic. Patent malt and burnt veggies at times. Session weight. The finish is fairly short for such a strong coffee presence.

3.9
raymow (1732) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2005
A very good, very typical porter. This is what a porter should taste like, at least in my opinion.

3.5
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 12, 2005
12 oz. bottle. Chocolate brown colour with a frothy tan head. Smoky, chocolate, and coffee aroma. Smoky, roasted coffee, and lightly fruity flavours. Medium bodied.

3.5
Dogbrick (13547) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2005
Thanks to Darkover for the trade. This brew is a dark brown color that lets quite a bit of light in. Medium dark beige head and fair lacing. Aroma of burnt malt and coffee. Medium-bodied with a strong roasted coffee character, with some malt and hops flavor. Decent balance, but lacking a little in the flavor department. The finish is lightly bitter coffee. Decent overall.

3.1
fly (1486) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2004
dark as dark can be ... but maybe I just need to improve the lighting in my house ... Sharp roast malt followed by bitter finish. Medium to slightly thin for stout body. Okay, but I’ve come to really enjoy nuanced stouts and this one seems to lack the depth of even some of the middle of the road stouts. Still I managed to enjoy this. (read - it’s okay)

2.9
Darkover (1542) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2004 Dark brown with a big tan head. Light aroma of coffee, roast and some sourness. Flavor of roasted malt and finishing with bitter coffee.

3.4
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2004
Very dark black with creamy tan head. Coffee, roasted, and a little coffee aroma. Nicely roasted with distinct coffee malts which also impart a coffee bitterness. No other real noticable bitterness. It sits a bit sour, but medium bodied and nice.

3.2
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Bottle pours dark brown, large frothy sand colored head, with web like lacing.   Light roasted malts, semi-chocolate, dry, with a piney hop like touch.   Light roasted malts, hoppy, with not much chocolate as was in the aroma.   A bit sour like old milk.   Medium body & mouthfeel.   Finishes slightly metallic, moreso like eating snow by the side of the road, with a bit of roasted malts.   Started out fairly good, finished not so good.   Thanks goes out to Suttree for the trade!


2.9
IndianaRed (4941) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Bottle Pours a fairly clear dark brown with a large foamy light tan head settling down maintaining thick spotty lacing. Aroma is a bit unusual sour hoppy note with some chocolate and dark malts. Flavors are dry sour and bitter. Metallic and astringent. Feel is thin and carbonation is lively. Trailer is a burnt papery woody taste.


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