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RATINGS: 309   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 42   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
An English-style Robust Porter – Dark Brown in color with a ruby hue – Chocolate and sweet toffee aroma – Firm unsweetened chocolate flavor with moderate notes of caramel and toffee, an herbal hop bitterness up front and a slight note of espresso in the finish.

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msnelling09 (154) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 14, 2013
The beer pours a nice dark brown to light black with a soft tan head of tiny, soft bubbles. The head leaves a lacing of slippery spittle droplets on the sides of the glass. The body is indecipherable in its darkness but shows some light molasses-like colors on its edges that seem clean of particles. On the nose, the beer smells of light, roasted coffee with a kiss of mocha and dark chocolate. Milk chocolate also briefly touches the nose. On the tongue, the beer tastes of bitter roast with a kiss of hops. Sweetness is also prevalent from the malts, though subdued, and more chocolaty than sugary. In flavor, the beer begins as warm roasted chocolate which blossoms into roasted coffee, moving from light roast to dark roast and filling the mouth with a nice, bitter roasted flavor with slight hints of raisins and dark fruit in among the roast. The finish carries a slight flavor of ice and metal, oddly enough, with a dying bitter roasted coffee flavor that hints at chocolate and some slight earthiness that balances out the flavor. The aftertaste is of lingering bitter roasted coffee and char. In the mouth, the beer feels medium in body, and perhaps even lighter, though the beer does carry a little heaviness in the swallow. Carbonation is soft and almost fluffy on the mouth, and the mouth is left roasted dry. Overall, this is a pretty classic American porter. There is nothing fancy about it, but it’s tasty. It has its chocolate, it has its bitters, and it has its roasted coffee flavors. A nice porter for when you want something simple.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ibrubeer (339) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 6, 2017
Draft @ Norfolk Tap Room. Faint roasty aroma. Dark color with maybe a slight ruby hue, thin beige head with slight lacing. Bittersweet chocolate notes at first with a little roast, followed by a little sweetness. Med body, appropriate for porter. Overall, a very nice porter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
can8ianben (1512) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2017
A lovely sweet dark beer, thick head and very drinkable flavor profile. I like this one a lot.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb (3115) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2016
Pretty standard porter, drinkable, but I can no longer come up with coherent new things to say about porters. Bottle from Bob. Thanks Bob!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ron (3792) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2016
Bottle from Bob. It pours very dark brown with a nice tan head. The aroma is pretty rich with cocoa, coffee and hard roasted malt. The flavor is bitter dark chocolate, toast and coffee. It has a balanced bitter, roasted finish. Rich, full body with a touch of English yeast to go with the strong American malt and hop profile.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
raymow (1514) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2016
on tap at Crafty’s in Northeast Phila - nice chocolatey aroma and flavor. Nice dark color. Pretty good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HighlanderOne (1276) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2016
Poured from bottle. Aroma of chocolate ice cream. Appearance is stout black with lacing. Tasting cocoa, cola, licorice, coffee/toffee, caramel. a trace of hops. Palate is fairly balanced, a bit sour at the end. . Overall, a good choice for porter. Try the barrel aged one if you can.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HeadyDE (784) - Delaware, USA - JUL 14, 2016
Draft pour at vault..good price pt on this..aroma is cocoa..nestle quick..light bodied fairly clean porter that is a good representation of the style

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
malvrich (284) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2016
12 oz. bottle from singles shelf of Harris Teeter. Date must have rubbed off. A: Rough pour yields an inch of tan head atop a practically black body. Very good retention and streaks of lace. S: Herbal/floral hops against brown toasted bread and a slight hint of roast. T: Bitter chocolate dominates. Light sweetness rounds out the flavor. Faint raisin. M: Smooth and slick with a good bit of carbonation. Bitter resin finish. O: Nice easy drinking porter. Good taste and body. Available and well priced. Recommended.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
cheap (5578) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2016
Bottle, with a big black pour. In this description it says ruby red but let me tell you, its big and black. First taste is perhaps a little too much personality, then it starts to grow on you. Yes, gets a little more friendly with its burnt dark beer attitude. Malty, perhaps some aspects of super dark bitter chocolate. Perhaps even a tad of black strong coffee but you couldn’t say its a coffee beer. Yes, in the end a]its a pretty even handed porter that never really treads into baltic porter territory, just a good even handed porter that wants to kick you in the ass and be large and in charge but never quite gets there. Even handed and enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (4191) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 25, 2016
Pour is a near black with a large tan head. Aroma is a rich roasted malt without being over the top and I also get some chocolate and ever so slight coffee. Flavor is more of the same with a nice roasted malt with some bitter bakers chocolate. Pretty solid everyday porter. Decent flavor without being an over the top attempt.


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