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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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Travlr (24638) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Draft at Beachwood. Clear dark maroon color, beige head. Aroma of roasted coffee grounds. Taste is coffee, bitter cocoa. Nice stuff.

3.5
Theydon_Bois (19481) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2013
Tap at Capones Black Friday Bash, Norristown PA, 29/11/13. Light black with a moderate tan swirl. Nose is cocoa, roast malt, light metallic tinge, vanilla, faint lick’o’coffee. Taste comprises light roast, sweet tones, mineral bite, brown sugars, dark fruit rip, marzipan, earthy cocoa. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, sweet and drying conclusion. Decent enough porter.

3.8
brokensail (16444) - Dublin, California, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Black in color with a khaki head. Nice roasted malt aroma, cocoa powder, dark fruit, and some earthy hops. Nice sweetness of molasses and dark fruit on the flavor. Earthy hops, licorice, molasses, and coffee. Some chocolate and cocoa powder on the finish.

3.7
bhensonb (15187) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Tap at the brewpub. Pour is very dark brown/black with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate and dark malt. Flavor is chocolate with some transient sweetness, and maybe a hint of coffee. Not to mention dark malt. Finishes a little chocolate bitter. Nice porter.

3.6
Ratman197 (14822) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2012
On tap at Hops and Pie poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of milk chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla and light earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, roastiness and light vanilla with a smooth dry lingering roasty finish.

3.6
Lubiere (13898) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2008
A dark brown porter with no head, not very carbonated. A pleasant mix of chocolate and British hopping in aroma. In mouth, an excellent mix of toasted bitter chocolate, cold coffee. Rich bodied. On tap at brewpub August 2007.

3.8
Dogbrick (13003) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Sample at GABF 10/13/2012, thanks to Bluemeow76 for assistance with note-taking. The beer pours inky black with a medium thin tan head and patchy lacing. Aroma of malt, chocolate and coffee. Medium body with a roasted malt and coffee character along with notes of sweet chocolate and fruity hops. The finish is roasty with an espresso aftertaste. Above average overall.

3.6
hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2012
On tap at Capone’s. Poured a dark brown with a smaller sized off white head. Roast, chocolate, some coffee, caramel, and floral. Nice drinkable porter.

3.3
jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2010
on tap-pours a light brown head and black color. Aroma is rich dark malt-chocolate/molasses. Taste is rich dark malt-coffee/chocolate/molasses, than a bang of earthy hops bite. Occasional.

3.6
slowrunner77 (12030) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
"another enigma...huge aroma, full, robust, coffee and chocolate with a hint of hops at the end. roasted, balanced flavor...then no follow through. the body was a touch thin, especially after the magnitude of the aroma and flavor, but the lack of finish was a bit surprising. still a good porter, though."


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