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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A very drinkable session Porter, French Broad’s oh-so-quaffable interpretation of this classic English ale. On draft! In bottles! Everywhere!

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3.7
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2011
a good porter and nice to see that it will be a regular. They are doing some good stuff here. keep it coming.

3.6
Braudog (6944) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Draft at Taco Mac. Chocolate brown with but a thin head. Nice aroma of baking chocolate. Mild flavors and easy to drink. (#4068, 2/1/2011)

4.2
ChainGangGuy (4949) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2011
16 ounce pint - $5.25 at Taco Mac in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Effectively, a black body, though, as you drink it down, some mahogany shades appear at the edges. Scant, beige head, but they really fill ’er up here at Taco Mac.

Smell: Dark kilned malts, though not overtly roasty or burnt, instead calmly leaning towards sweetish chocolate and caramel.

Taste: Dark maltiness prominently featuring sweet chocolate tones, though a bit Tootsie Roll-esque. Also, some sweet caramel. It’s never particularly roasty, at best you’re given a hint of sugar sweetened coffee. A few drops of prune juice. Understated hoppiness and a low level of bitterness. Remains chocolaty approaching the finish, picking up a bit of vanilla, and ends with still a bit of residing residual sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Stays on the soft, sweet, malty side of things, making for a pleasing, tasty brew.

3.5
illinismitty (2377) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Draft at Flying Saucer. Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma of ale esters and dark roasted malts. Medium bodied with semi soft carbonations, and a earthy mouth feel. Flavor of dark roasted malts, cocoa, and nutty malts countered by a moderate spicy bitterness. Dry finish with some hints of green apple.

3.2
chandler0201 (650) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Dark brown pour, small tan head. Hints of chocolate in the aroma, flavor of chocolate and some coffee but very thin and watery on the finish and overall.

3.3
raszputini (71) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2011
Pours thin and medium brown -very simple porter - smoky notes of chocolate. Mild, but tasty.

3.6
durhambeer (2585) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2011
On tap at the Fed in Durham. It was sort of dark, but given the thinness of the beer, I assume it poured closer to a dark brown than a black, with a thin dark beige head. Nose is creamy and mildly roasty and sweet. Mild chocolate notes. A bit thin, but solid. Simple in the best way.

3.6
Suttree (6575) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Black, sturdy brown head. Dark chocolate and coffee, with a touch of licorace aroma. Crisp and dry. Coffee with chocolate in the background. Some mild bitterness. Tasty stuff, actually.

3.4
bubbleflubber (2244) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Pours the deepest mahogany, almost opaque black, into the glass, with a thin eggshell head that leaves light ring lace. The nose is is of chocolate, roasts and some bacterial notes. The flavors are malty, semi-dry, of dark chocolates, light esters and black cherries, and finishing with a roasted punctuation. The body is light and the mouthfeel is smooth, not completely devoid of substance on the palate, but not extremely complex. A decent winter nightcap, I suppose, but nothing I would go out of my way to experience again.


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