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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed to a smooth, chocolatey, semi-roasted ale that bridges the islands of porter and stout. And if you aren’t a fan of bridges, there’s always the canoe.

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3.7
commonmac (1265) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2016
On tap at the source with blonderedhead in a 16 oz pint glass. Black with a tan head. Good lacing. Aroma is roasty and nutty with lots of coffee elements. Taste is definitely coffee forward with a healthy bitterness, nutty warmth, and roasty malt finish. Dark, winter undertones that fit a Feb night. Coffee isn’t necessarily my type of thing but this one has a good beer soul that works for me. This brewery has a ton of momentum and I’m starting to really value them as a quality MN representative.

3.5
asedzie (831) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 19, 2016
Can. Pours deep black with small off-white head. Nose is creamy cocoa and coffee. Flavor is like that of rich baltic rye bread finishing with very mild sweetness and a touch of bitterness on the finish. Palate is not as thick as expected, but that makes it easier to quaff than a stout. Great dark beer for a late winter afternoon in the upper midwest.

3.6
johnnymusky (983) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2016
Poured from can...pour is black with a nice creamy head...nose is chocolate and malt...mouth is the same with a little hop bitterness at finish.

4.1
superspak (5691) - Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2015
12 ounce can into pint glass, best before 12/15/2015. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 2 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, light nuttiness, light pine, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy/piney hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, light nuttiness, pine, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/pine and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate herbal/piney hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and fairly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent American porter style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt and light-moderate herbal/piney hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

3.7
piscator34 (2541) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 6, 2015
Can. Jet black in colour with moderate carbonation. Aromas are of chocolate syrup, roasted barley, and a bit of coffee. An interesting contrast of heavy ash-like roast and a thicker than expected body. Chocolate and heavy roast elements persist, along with a subtle hint of red grape. Aggressively roasted, but still balanced.

4.1
kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2015
Can. Pours a clear black body under a tight bubbled frothy brown head that left some delicate lacing. The nose is roasty with lots of coffee and chocolate notes. It smells a bit on the sweet side, almost like there’s some lactose in here. Pretty solid nose. The flavor isn’t especially sweet though, despite there being a fairly heavy milk chocolate taste in the finish. A nice lingering roast note after the chocolate fades. Medium bodied with a clingy mouth coating finish and soft fizzy carbonation. Pretty darn good Stout. I like it a lot.

3.5
GJF (1520) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - OCT 27, 2015
Steve D brought a can to the house. Black like oil. All roast malt flavor, no real hop. Roasted, dry finish. A unique brew.

3.3
JK (6202) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2015
Tap at the brewery. Black, lacing head. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee. Very heavy, dark roast in thee flavor, burnt grain and coffee. Palate is on the thick side. I am not sure what i think of this very heavy roast that makes the beer bitter.

3.7
DW78715816 (119) - Kansas, USA - AUG 25, 2015
Enjoyed on the deck of a fish house overlooking the harbor at Grand Marais. Dark and malty with nice hop bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
Drake (13954) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2015
12 ounce can courtesy of TheHOFF! Clear dark brown, large creamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of nuts, grain, roast, chocolate, earthy hops. The taste is chocolate, roasted malt, caramel. Medium bodied, strong lingering bitterness. Nice.


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