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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   IBU: 14   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Our first dark beer was named after our brewmaster’s son. A generous dose of British crystal malt gives this beer a caramel chewiness that is quite satisfying.

Whether a beer is a porter or a stout is usually decided based on strength. Stouts are generally stronger in alcohol and with fuller body. Of course, there are always exceptions. Did you realize, for instance, that Guinness Draught (126 cal, 12 oz) has fewer calories, once for ounce, than Budweiser (145 cal)?

Another characteristic is that porters usually used "chocolate malt," while stouts employ "black patent malt." The former makes the pint taste, well, chocolate-like, while the latter imparts bitter roasted qualities.

Legend has it that this style was first developed as a happy accident.

Porter became the fad of the day in the 1700’s around jolly old England. It initially gained popularity among the transport workers in Central London, those brawny common folks who would endure hard labor with no more than a few pints of porter and a few pounds of bread per day.

So, it turns out this ale style was named after those who drank it most -- porters. Fitting, but don’t expect someone to name a style Engineer or Accountant, OK?

We named this one after our brewmaster’s second son, whose middle name is Porter. Or was it the other way around?

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artfink (28) - I’m everywhere Fokker!, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2005
one of Barleys classics. A nice dark brown/brick color accented by a nice thin head. retains pretty good. a roasty sweet choco smell goes well with the roasty warm flavor. nice hop finish with the slightest hint of alcahol. AAHHHH brush the snow off your shoulder, get off of high street and belly up to the bar for a few of these. go firken on fridays if it’s being offered.

3.3
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 24, 2005
(No. 1) Creamy beige head, clear dark brown body, nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, chocolate, some coffee. Taste is medium sweet, chococoffee, light nutty. Medium body, low carbonation.

3.9
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2004
Perfect color for a porter with an off-white head. Aroma of cream, roasted grain, charcoal, caramel and butter. Very nicely balanced. Great roast to caramel ratio. Some buttery notes with herbs and menthol. Possibly the most original porter I have ever tasted.

3
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - SEP 2, 2004
Pours black with almost no head. High malts. Very Watered down. Goes down smooth with not much flavor. I was upset with this one.

3.7
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 19, 2004
Draft, clear brown with reddish highlights and a small off-white head. Nice dark-roasted, malty aroma. Flavor is smokey, coffee and hints of bitter chocolate. Medium body and easy carbonation. Nice brew.

3.7
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2004
Smells like thick, rich hot chocolate (and light coffee roast). Flavors are very much the same, sweetened dark chocolate - nice dry finish too.

3.2
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2003
On tap: Medium brown hue with good tan head and soem lace. The aroma hinted of roasted malt, mocha, coffee, smoke, light pine, grassy hops, apple, and earthy yeast esters. Smooth and crisp mouthfeel led to a nutty, smoky, and bitter taste. Some sweetness is available has an undertone. A bit thin and watery. Okay, nothing earth shaking.

3.3
tkaufman (128) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2003
Slightly hazy out of the firkin, but a nice aroma of coffee and roasted malts. Flavor is very well balanced and smooth like all barley's beers. Finishes nice and dry. A good porter.

3.5
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2003
firkin
Dark brown to nearly opaque. No head or lacing.
Smoke, malt and hops in the aroma.
Sweet malt and a nice dose of hops (dry-hopped?) and bitterness.
Smooth, full-bodied beer.

3.2
Frank (4220) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2003
Hoppy, coffee nose. Thin head. Earthy and bitter. Nothing to scoff at but nothing spectacular.


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