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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Sustenance to get you through those long, cold winters, the Donner Party Porter is another of FiftyFifty’s flagship beers. Reminiscent of dark chocolate, espresso, and dark dried fruits with a long complex finish, this beer is good for one of those nights where you’ve dug yourself into a snow bank because the ski trip didn’t go quite as planned. Deep brown with mahogany highlights, the hops and malt are very well balanced leaving one to contemplate the myriad of flavors as the beer warms. Moderate to slightly heavy, this beer is heaven in a glass.

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jb43 (1695) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2009
(draft). Clear, dark brown color. Medium size tan head, which is mostly diminishing. Roasted coffee aroma and flavor. Avg duration. Smooth finish. Slick texture. Soft carbonation. Spare lacing.

3.8
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2009
From the Jug at the GABF Colorado Convention Center, Denver 09/10/2008
Roast aroma. Beige head. Black strong in alcohol hoppy and fruity with a little dryness in a crisp and bitter burnt roast finish.

3.8
larryLSB (533) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - AUG 17, 2009
Growler fill from the brewpub. Poured dark brown with medium light brown head. Nose of coffee, chocolate and malt, very nice. Taste was same, with a bit of sweetness and a hint of the hops. Overall very good.

3.7
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 16, 2009
Poured very black, dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, caramel, little nutty.

3.7
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2009

Date: July 05, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Appearance: black, fine tan head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet dark chocolate aroma, touch of roasted coffee, dark caramel sweetness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, touch of roasted adds a coffee character, caramel sweetness brings out the chocolate, light bitterness from the roasted
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

3.7
bb (9789) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 11, 2009
Draft. Blackish beer with a tan head. Light roast and light chocolate aroma. Dark chocolate flavor with light coffee and caramel. Medium bodied. Chocolate and light coffee lingers.

3.7
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Pours root beer brown with a thin tan head. Slight nose of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Flavor is more smokey and quite enjoyable. Coffee and light coffee influences present as well. A bit thin in the body.

3.3
BlackForestCO (1288) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2008
GABF sample bottle. Poured a deep brown color with some burgundy highlights and a thin beige head that faded to a ring. Aroma of roasted malt, some light chocolate, a bit of smoke, and some light hints of meat. Smooth, semi-sweet entry with some light smoke and chocolate with some moderate roasted malts. Finishes lightly chalky. Low carbonation. Smooth on the palate with a light bite. Decent beer.

3.5
kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 17, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2011 Draft @ FiftyFifty. (Rerated from bottle.) Pours a clean, dark cola color; light tan head with good retention and fine-bubbled lacing. Sweet chocolate, nougat, and lightly roasted malts in the aroma; some marshmallow; on the sweet side. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: roasted malts, oily peanuts, and chocolate; very much a sweet, oily porter: plenty of malt sugars; sweet nougat and milk chocolate. Lengthy finish: roasted coffee, chocolate, and charred / smokey malts; some lingering sweetness.

3.8
WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 8, 2008
Sample on tap @ The Brewpub, gotta love the name after driving through donner pass. Pours dark black with a tan ring. Nose is light and malty. Taste is chewy and malty and nice. Very tasty porter.


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