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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.14/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
I recently found myself reminiscing with an old friend of mine about a beer made by a very small brewery on the North Shore of Boston. We celebrated the light, yet complex malt character and the perfectly balanced hop finish. Not quite a Porter and more than a Brown ale - we couldn’t decide what to call it. The brewery called it “Dark Ale”. This is my tribute to that much beloved beer of my years in Boston. Enjoy and think of late summer on the North Shore.

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Aurelius (5651) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2018
Dark, clear, ruddy with a carpeting ivory head. Sweaty malt aroma. Sweet, tannic, a little fruitiness, not stiffly bitter. Medium body, woody finish. On tap, Max Lagers.

JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2010
On tap at Max Lagers, Atlanta. The bartender called this a black IPA and I reckon that fits as much as "traditional ale" (which tradition, I wonder?). Nice cola-dark pour with a hint of yeast, and a rocky tan head. Sticky retention too. Nose of dry roasts, mild citrus, and something fairly bready. Body is a bit underattenuated but the flavors were quite nice, blending together in a way that reminded me of Lonerider’s Grave Robber back home in NC.

Goodgrief (2071) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - OCT 26, 2010
Dark pour, smallish head. Sweet malrty aroma. This was a good beer. Sweet, malty flavor, slight smokey flavor under some caramel and chocolate notes. Enough bitterness to balance (slight pine flavors) the sweetnessd, but not enough to take center stage. Smooth mouthfeel, almost perfectly crafted. Exactly as advertised...part brown ale, part porter.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 09/03/2004
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub

dark opaque brown, bubbly tan head, earthy hop aroma, light body with a rich dark malt flavor with no single malt standing out, underlying bitterness leading to pleasant bitter finish,

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.7/5.0
Score: *4
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wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 22, 2005
Bottle. Brown, with small white head. Very malty and roasty aroma. Chocolate and mocha are in flavor. Full and complex malt character with a fairly light body. Nice bitter finish from roasted malts.

SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 7, 2005
On tap at the brewpub. This one has 8% abv according to the bartender. The official brewer’s description follows: "Not quite a porter and more than a brown ale; a tribute to the brewer’s fond memories of Boston." My description: delightful nutty toasty scent. not much head. dark brown with garnet highlights. toasted, woody flavor. a bit tart - bitter?, making the mouth feel too harsh. I have mixed feelings; perhaps it is overhopped for the style.

beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Draft, deep ruby brown. Huge sweet caramel and molasses aroma, with a touch of roastiness. Larger roasty flavors, and lots of caramel with a moderate bitter finish and a touch of smoke. Body with medium to thick, with initial sweetness and finishing a little dry.

Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2004
Deep, rich amber color with no real predominant aroma. Taste is light and sweet and only mildly hopped. The best of the six beers I tried at this place. Commercial description is "not quite a porter and more than a brown". I find this "tweener" brew lacking anything of real substance.

TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 24, 2004
Pours a light brown with a short lived head. Flavor is sweet maltiness with a measure of hoppiness thrown in for balance. A great session ale.

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