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Dark and full-bodied, this is our interpretation of the classic English Porter style. Made with nine varieties of malt and assertively hopped, our porter is packed with flavor. Strong coffee and chocolate tones create a special brew for those advancing on the path of fine beer appreciation.

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3.6
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2010
On tap at the brewpub downtown. Pours a black body with an inch thick, dense and creamy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma is roasty with some milky and dark chocolates, caramel, coffee, and a touch of earth. Flavor is pretty nice. Plenty of sweet chocolates and caramel with a solid roast backing. Lots of earth mixing with the coffee and roasts making this fairly bitter in a dry finish. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium, smooth, soft body and carbonation. Overall, a pretty nice porter. Lots of bold, balanced flavor and easy drinking.

3.6
cbfobes (2891) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2010
On tap at brewpub, pours a very dark brown with a thick tan head and lacing in the glass, the aroma is of roasted malt and some caramel mixed in, very smooth and heavy roasted aftertaste, pretty darn good.

3.6
akoeninger (774) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 10, 2014
On tap at the Great Dane in Fitchburg. Black pour from a cask. Moderate lacing on the glass. Aroma of cocoa, roasted malt, leather. Taste is the same, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate. Medium body, slightly thin finish. Still a full flavored and long lingering roasted brew. A great cask porter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
phaleslu (10652) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Draft at the Great Dane in Downtown Madison, served in an imperial pint glass. Gorgeous near-black pour with a finger of creamy beige head. The aroma is too sweat, with tons of chocolate and cream and some vanilla that overwhelm any toast or coffee hanging out in the background. Those come more to the foreground in the flavor, which has far better balance. Light-medium bodied, with soft carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Good porter.

3.6
Dogbrick (13748) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Sample at the downtown brewpub. Brownish-black color with a medium beige head that diminishes gradually to an outer ring. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, roast malt and coffee. Medium-bodied with flavors of chocolate malt, roasted coffee and mild hops. The finish is roasty with a mocha aftertaste. Decent overall.

3.5
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2005 Extremely dark, jet black color. Heavy aroma and taste of darkly roasted coffee and chocolate. Flavor is dusty, earthy. Seems too thin to me, but still is quite good.

3.5
ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Black body with small, tan head. The aroma is chocolate, roast, molasses and coffee. The flavor is milk chocolate and burnt. Dry with soft carbonation and thin.

3.5
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2007
On-tap at the Great Dane on Doty. I thought this beer had an impressive array of flavors in it for a porter - it was roasty, buttery, and a bit sour. More complexity than I’ve become accustomed to from a porter. This beer poured a thin opaque black. Aroma was pleasantly malty and roasted, with some fairly subtle burned notes. Flavors were roasty at first, with a full-mouth butteriness I usually associate with some red wines. Later, as it warmed, I got a bit of sourness also. Mouthfeel was a bit flat and thin. All-in-all, I would recommend.

3.5
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2008
Growler courtesy of Pepsican. Big roasted malt aroma, light tart notes, chocolate and coffee. The body is full on black and holds a thinnish tan head. The first sip is all bitter black chocolate and roasted/burnt malt flavors. Coffee, espresso even, is also very prominent. The finish is intensely coffee/dark chocolate accented with some off-putting ashy notes. On the whole a fairly robust porter that has more roasted accents than the norm.

3.5
madvike (3300) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2009
On tap at the Fitchburg location - This is what a porter should look like--deep black with a big frothy head. The head is gone quick, but I’m already on to the aroma. It’s anice blend of coffee, roasty malt and lactose. The taste starts smooth with coffee and chocolate, but transitions into a deep roast taste that’s just too much. It’s almost burnt. Overall, it’s imperfect, but drinkable and full of flavor. It’s creamy in the mouth, but just a little watery. A lot of Great Dane’s beers underwhelm, but this is one of my faves.


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