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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Formerly known as Party Porter

As a style porters arent the biggest name in beer (not really close though they should be) but this brew is a big contender among culinary journalists, reviewers, and beer geeks. Its got a big dark bouquet of chocolate, coffee and caramel and has a smooth finish. A Powerhouse of a Porter.

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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MattShizzle (608) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Bottle - from Ale in the Mail. Very dark - nearly opaque. Aroma is mostly roasty but with some malt and hops. Very good - good blend of roastiness, hops and malt. Good example of a porter.


2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Patrickctenchi (6470) - Coxs Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - SEP 27, 2016
Bottle: Almost black, with a small tan head. Slightly oily, chocolate, vegetal aroma. Taste is lactic, chocolate malt. Fairly bitter.....again, that oily, vegetable note comes through. The scent is a little off-putting....the flavor is slightly better, but overall, not one Id repeat.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shrubber85 (11215) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 17, 2016
Bottle. Sour milk, coffee/chocolate malt, and straw aroma. Very dark brown with small brown head. Mildly sweet chocolate malt and moderately bitter ash/dry hay flavor. Okay body. A bit light but not bad.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
italarican (1543) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUL 19, 2016
Bottle JStax shared on the RBSG bus. Decided to rate because hey, he mentioned it was an Arkansas tick. Marketing works.

Overall: Nothing offensive but a bit thin for a porter.

Pours a thin, slightly watered down look of a dark brown, light off white head. Some nice roasted nuts notes, slight coffee. More heavy on cola notes in the finish. Sharp carbonation and surprisingly thin body. Too thin. Not bad overall.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JStax (6009) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2016
Bottle shared. The beer is a dark brown with a beige head of foam. The aroma has ash and dark chocolate. Some earthy sweetness comes through a bit and dries out in the finish. Medium body and medium carbonation.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
djd07 (13689) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2016
Bottle on RBSG Bus. Pours a dark brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is cocoa and bready malt. Medium body, cocoa, roast, dry finish, ok.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chucklemation (1576) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAR 29, 2016
Pours a jet black with a thin white head. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, toffee, cream, and fruity hops. Flavor is chocolate and toast, subtle fruit. Has a thin but creamy body. Drinks like an oatmeal stout, oddly. Pretty good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (12255) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2015
355ml bottle. Brown pour. Cocoa and coffee notes a bit then but serviceable. Decent.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Niko100 (2844) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2015
Dark brown/black color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of malt, dark chocolate & some coffee; Flavor of roasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate, some hops, and coffee; Nicely balanced; Fairly decent.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beer_rookie (532) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 29, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2016 Re-rating this two years after the first time I had it.

Pours a mahogony brown color. Slow forming brownish colored head. Only about a half finger. Poor retention, poor lacing. This head is weird, as in bad. The head rests on top of the beer, but when you tilt the glass, the liquid rises above the head. I guess you can say it stays centeredmin the middle of the glass, instead of moving with the beer. Its odd.

Aroma however is quite nice. Coffee, yes. Chocolate, yes. Caramel, yes. Dark roasted malts, yes. Also a little nutty. All of the characteristics that you expect from a porter are there and easy to find.

Taste is a little light and watery. Still, it follows the nose. Has everything you expect from a porter. It is also a little earthy, or woodsy. Maybe slight smoke taste. Coffee is probably the strongest flavor. However, its more like an after thought. Imagine instant coffee added to it right at the end, to get the flavor just right. Still, its tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Its pretty watery. Slightly bitter, a little slick. Smooth. Dry.

Overall, this is quite good. I wish it had better reviews, because it is better than what people are giving it. I would recommend it, and I will buy it again. It never disappoints. A nice porter!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (11480) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
"Big roasted malts and just a touch of hops. Maybe a little Smoke and coffee too. Aroma and taste just about identical. Dry and thin. Good but not great."


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