RATINGS: 225   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
This is the silver medal winner in the Brown Porter division of the 1996 Great American Beer Festival. The mash temperature is higher to produce body and mouth feel. The 2-row barley base, in addition to a combination of chocolate and carastan malts, gives this beer a smooth, round character with chocolate undertones. Many people who normally don’t drink dark beers will drink this beer.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (4677) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Dark beer with a thin foamy tan head. Light chocolate and rusted grain nose. Milk chocolate flavors with some toast, ripe fruit and some brown sugar sweetness. Long chocolaty finish. Okay porter.

jsmerig (1725) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2017 Pours a dark brown with an off-white head. Taste is dark and smokey. Very thin.

Panzuriel (2446) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2017
Appearance: Dark brown. Opaque. Half a finger of mocha foam. Nose: Decent roasted malt forward. Lighter cocoa and coffee. Taste: similar to nose. Roasty coffee and nuts with cocoa. Lightly sweet Body: Medium and smooth Parting thoughts: Decent porter, but a bit thin on flavor.

Drjohnrock (841) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2017
From draft flight at Ram Columbus on June 22, 2017. Opaque brown hue, good roasted malt/chocolate nose, flavor like the nose with a smoke-like note but overall just too light.

shawnmurphy (673) - Plattsburgh, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2017
On tap at brewpub at University Village in Seattle. Pours nearly opaque black with brown highlights and a trace creamy light-tan head and lacing. Aroma: molasses and coffee, which is pleasant. Flavor: the above, plus dark and milk chocolates. Mouthfeel: light- to medium-bodied with some creaminess (use of oats?), yet a little too thin for the style.

ads135 (5215) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 10, 2016
A pretty standard porter. Lots of dark chocolate and hints of coffee linger. Tried after HILT in 2016 in Indianapolis.

Homer321 (5250) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2016
Draft at source. Aroma of chocolate and light coffee. Light cocoa. Deep brown to black pour. Small light brown head. Taste is all chocolate, bordering on bakers chocolate to a dark Hershey chocolate. Medium mouthfeel with modest carbonation. Not bad.

bnokk (548) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 27, 2016
Drinking it on draft at the RAM. APPEARANCE- super dark, but not black. Light head laces well. NOSE- roasty malt, chocolate scents create an allure for my mouth as I prepare to drink this black beauty. FLAVOR- also nicely roasty and slightly chocolaty. Little bit of bitterness to balance the sweetness. NOTES- nicely done porter.

Ron (4266) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 12, 2015
On tap at Humperdink’s Arlington with Patty. Deep down dark colored with a small light brown head. Aroma of caramel, roast, sweetness, spice and roased, coffee. Thin to medium bodied. Ends with a bitter roasted taste.

ben4321 (6841) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2015
Sampled at Ram-Rosemont, 10/26/15. Brown color with a thin, drippy lacing. Fairly sweet. But of roasty, bit of chocolate. A little thin overall.

mintzmeet (458) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2015
Kinda lite weight porter. Not flavorful enough for my tastes. No aroma. Good w chocolate chip cookie. Slight cola flavor.

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