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RATINGS: 224   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (3100) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Sampler at the Schaumburg RAM. Deep, slightly brownish black color. Roasty malt nose. Taste of the usual coffee and roast malts. Yet it sits nicely on my tongue. Hops are more in evidence here than in most porters, adding to the malt’s roasty bitterness. Despite the lighter alcohol content, this is the 8th sample beer I’ve had, and it’s starting to make me a little heady.


3.2
Drjohnrock (805) - 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.

3.2
shawnmurphy (495) - 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.

3
ads135 (4607) - 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.

3.1
Homer321 (5071) - 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.

3.8
bnokk (535) - 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.

3.2
Ron (3959) - 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.

2.9
ben4321 (6506) - 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.

2.2
mintzmeet (457) - 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.

3.2
vipinvelp (4429) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - OCT 7, 2015
RAM Restaurant. Clear ruby, no foam present at all. Nice aroma, chocolate and coffee present, returning also in taste. Bit watery. (Chicago 201510)

3.2
mcberko (17840) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 26, 2015
On tap at Big Horn U District, pours a deep dark brown with a reddish together and a small tan head. Nose brings out toasted malt, some cocoa, and bready notes. Flavour is along the same lines, with bready malt, dry cocoa and a slight nuttiness. Well-balanced and clean. Very drinkable porter.


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