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RATINGS: 309   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Imagine Robert DeNiro sitting in your darkened parlour near the fire in his Louis Cyphre persona smoking a Tuscan cigar. This may be the beer with which to save (or lose) your soul. Dried fruit flavors entwined with smoky pepper and licorice embossed on roasty malt sweetness open on your tongue as the slow warmth of chilis creep up on your tongue and throat, finishing in an herbal smoke ring flourish.

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3.5
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2011
dark brown pour with a thin tan head. aroma is dark roasted malt, typical porter. hints of dark fruits and black pepper but pretty light. Flavour holds a bit more of the peppery spice and dark fruits. Light-ish body. Pepper flavour does build a bit over time.

3.9
drpimento (3734) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2011
Pretty good beer. I let this warm a bit from the cooler first. Poured with a small to medium sized head that soon dissipated to an island, ring and a little lace. Color in the narrow part of the glass was a dark, deep, rich mahoganey; elswhere opaque. Aroma upon opening I caught a whiff of pepper, but later, malt, cocoa, roast, toffee, caramel. Flavor is like nose with a little of the pepper in the background and good bitter/sweet/tangy balance. Good body and carbonation. Finish is like flavor and has good length. Solid drinking beer for a session.

3.5
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2011
Bottle. Pours dark brown to almost black with a medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and pepper. Flavors of chocolate, roasted malts and pepper with a hint of vanilla. Peppery and slightly chalky finish.

3.5
AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2011
No ’pepper’ detected at first but this is one good porter! Quite a tasty porter and as the beer warms the peppery flavors slowly come through but only ever-so-slightly. Very creamy and smooth and so hard to keep from chugging this tasty brew!

4
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2011
black pour with a slim tan head. big ash / smoke nose with layers of raisin, pepper and licorice. medium to full body - smooth > with hot peppers creeping up over the tongue followed by light smoke, roasted malts and sweet dark fruits in the background. perfect balance of smoke and peppers. hot finish from the peppers, but not too hot... mixed in with sweet malts and grapes / raisin notes.

3.5
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Draught at Whole Foods Devon: Faint aroma of malt, smoke, slight sulfur, and a hint of chocolate. Poured very dark brown/ruby in color with a tiny, tan head that lasted throughout. Clear. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malt, light smoke, light roasting, and some black pepper. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, slight smoke, light black pepper finish is dry. 7.2%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

3.7
That1Guy (2237) - Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2011
Crushed at Smokin Dave’s. Pitch black pour with a tan head. Aroma of dark roast, licorice and dark fruits, and subtle chilies. Smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel. Heat builds as it goes down. Quite the winter warmer.

3.9
Drake (14059) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 27, 2011
Served on draft at Beer Run. Pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights. Large creamy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, smoke, citrus and pepper. The taste is sweet malts, nuts, smoke, roasty notes and a peppery finish. Smooth, creamy, medium-full bodied. The spice of the pepper does get tiresome after a while, but overall a very nice beer.

3.2
Cavie (4775) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2011
Bottle from world Market. This beer pours a dark brown color with slight ruby highlights. Light tan head. 

Aroma is certainly roasted and very smoky. Definitely some peat in this. 

Flavor is dark roasted notes, smoke, and beef. Light chocolate and dark bitter malts. 

3.7
unclemattie (4357) - Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2011
Tap @ TacoMac, John’s Creek. Black pour. Aroma of roasted grain, coffee, chocolate, and peppers. Sweet malt flavor, dark fruit, burnt sugars, licorice, coffee bean, and a long green chili tingle. There is a definite pepper flavor in the brew. Simple to find. Very nice beer character, full of everything a Porter should be. Although, over the years, my stomach has become a bit sensitive to spicy foods. The addition of the chili peppers did not settle well. It may have been in a small dose, but the heat was there in the finish. A very nice beer, even though my sissy palate couldn’t handle the tingle.


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