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RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
An English style robust Porter with huge malt notes from Chocolate and Black malt matched with a huge use of Crystal malt to lend ruby hues to the corners of the glass. This dark brew is then highly hopped with imported Northdown and First Gold hops to lend a subtle earthiness in character.

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3.4
kramer (6905) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2006
On tap, Downtown location, 2006 RBSG pubcrawl. Pours a clear brown with a small film of creamy light brown head. Aroma is of chocolate malt, with some light hops, and a touch of coffee. Flavor is pretty nice, chocolate malt, light roast, and a pleasant bitterness. Lighter bodied with a thinner than average texture and light carbonation. Overall, the best of the Downtown locations offerings the day I was there. It wasn’t much for mouthfeel, but the flavor was pleasant. A lighter effort.

3
3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 19, 2006
Dark brown, soft red-hued brown colors at the sides of the glass. Medium dark brown head with large soda-like bubbles contained therein. Thinner than expected, flavorless up front, then hitting a bit hard over the tongue with brash smoked malts, leaving a reside in the aftertastes of campfire smoke and cherries. Thin body, weak overall. Decent smokiness, but not a decent porter by any stretch. Has some light cream notes in the nose, noticed more when it had warmed. Sampled at Capitol City in Baltimore.

3.4
aracauna (3683) - Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2006
Dark cola brown with a smaller head compared to the rest. The aroma is a bit roasty, coffee-chocolate. Pretty big flavor. Toffee comes forward from the rest. A bit more toffee than most similar beers I think. This would make a good beer float or beer icecream, I think.

3.4
stef92 (129) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2006
Dark brown color with tanish head. Smoky aroma and very smooth malty, chocolate flavor. Delicious!

3.5
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 28, 2006
"Best one i had from here. Poured a nice dark brown smikey head. Aroma was sweet and smokey. Flavor was good malty not to sweet. Mouthfeel was just a tad on the thin side."

3.6
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Tap. Black color with some white head. Matly nose wtih a touch of nutty falvor. A subtle but strong taste of coffee and chocolate.

3.5
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Capitol Hill brewpub. Dark, burgundy brown body with a creamy, light tan head. Aroma of semi-sweet chocolate with hints of tobacco and peaty whiskey. Light roasted coffee and cocoa bean flavor with decent dryness but a full flavor and palatable texture. Good porter.

2.9
jde123 (775) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Definately the best of the bunch during my particular visit to the brewpub near Union Station DC. However, still not very good, extremely thin and watery, I like to have a porter with a strong enough body to withstand at least 20 minutes of sipping. Seemed to break down before it hit my lips. Aroma was sickly sweet, but it didn’t translate through to the flavor, which was surprisngly good. Not my favorite porter, but if I were forced I would get this one again and stick to it all night.

3
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Smooth for a porter, disappointing with lack of flavor. But it is a porter, so I suppose it does a stand-up job for its class.

3.3
jefcon (1935) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Smoky chocolate and malt aromas on this dark brown brew, which leaves a significant amountof lacing in its wake. On tasting, the chocolate is overwhelmed by a hickory, coffee, hazelnut flavor that packs a bitter (but not unpleasant) punch. The palate is thinner than many porters I have had, but the finish is dry and roasty.


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