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RATINGS: 1574   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A dark ale for all occasions. A blend of dark malt gives this beer flavors of coffee and chocolate with some smokey roasted notes.

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NachlamSie (3441) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 6, 2006
bottle. Really visually attractive beer here. It has a black body with hints of brown and a thick, tan head that has great terrain. Aroma is somewhat hoppy, especially given the style, but mostly is of coffee and fresh baked bread. This stuff is really solid of rich chocolate and Latin American coffee flavors. The finish brings out some hoppier notes, but also a semi-hidden flavor that hints at corn. All-in-all a pleasing drinking experience.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bkochuna (5) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 3, 2006 does not count
Aroma misleads the quality of taste. The appearance is dark with a mocha head and very inviting. Enters the mouth feeling like a lager very lively and crisp. The taste is initially masked by the texture but finishes with subtle hints of chocolate. Not very smokey or bitter, the smooth malts tailor it as a desert beer. Only criticism for the taste is that it seemed watered down. Recommend serving around 50 degrees fahrenheit to make the flavor a little more robust.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
stoutchap (422) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2006
Solid porter. Pours nice brown with some ruby highlights, a cascading foamy effect with the head. Good stuff. Smell good - some coffee in the nose, along with chocolate malt. A little light on the palate, but goes down smooth. Nice subtle choco-coffee notes, with some sweet molasses/malt. A great cross-over beer to give to your lager-head friends who donít like darks.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tennisjoel (1436) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2006
Bottle. Very impressive when poured. Cascading head/body when poured. High marks given for the appearance. Large head which turns into a large bubbled snow cap. Slowly dissolving, while leaving a nice creamy lace behind. Strong molasses, caramel, and nut aroma with coffee present as well. Flavor is very good. An excellent representation of this style.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - MAR 13, 2006
On tap.
Pours a suitably dark brown-black, forming an incredibly densely-packed creamy-foamy head as if it were nitro-drawn (it wasnít). Virtually no aroma -- disappointing. A faint whiff of chocolate, nothing else. Flavor is caramel, toffee, medium dry-roast grain bitter, and moderate hop bitterness -- well balanced but flavor needs more intensity. Velvety-smooth palate as it scoots down like chocolate milk. Put some more aroma in there and this rating would have gone from a good score to a great score.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2006
From bottle

Poured dark with ruby highlights. Nice thick off-white foamy head. Aroma roasty. Flavor big on the coffee notes with hints of chocolate in the middle and back. Whoa....I feel like I just took 3 shots of espresso, Nice! Smooth, Velvety mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Great Porter, this has become my go-to beer!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (6630) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2006
From the bottle: Dark, dark red almost black with a thin tan head. Light coffee nose and a similar hint in the flavor... roasty and sweet. Very good.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2006
Shaered by MDS at his place, thanks Mike! Much appreciated. We shared this bottle at a regular tasting, that had a few new things. Deep chestnut pour, with a short lived fizzy mocha head, fading to a thin ring. Rusted metal fills the nose. Thereís some coffee here, and chocolate too, but thereís leather as well. I can see where this should smell appealing, but somethingís off here. A soft coffee flavour is enjoyable, with fruit, some roasty flavours, but the finish seems slightly oxidized, and takes away from what I am sure is something great. Finish is silky, soft and comforting, and I can taste the coffee left behind, but again, a strange funk is present. Oh my word. Iíll have to give this another whirl. Thanks for sharing Mike.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Finally got around to this, Bottle. Excellent drinking porter, nice and robust with roasted malt being the big character. Enough bitterness from hops to bring it around. Nice. SMooth. Smice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimmyh221 (157) - Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2006
The color is black with a lasting head and excellent lacing. I smells and tastes a little like coffee. It had a nice smooth finish.


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