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RATINGS: 2430   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   IBU: 36   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
A delicious, dark-colored, medium-bodied ale made with roasted malted barley. It has a creamy head and a very rich, yet smooth, malty flavor.
Bittering Hops: Nugget
Beginning Gravity: 14.5 Plato
Finishing Hops: Willamette
Ending Gravity: 3.5 Plato
Malts: Two-row Barley Malt, Caramel Malt, Chocolate Malt, Black Malt, Dextrin Malt

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 21, 2005
Bottle. Deep brown in color with a fair off-white head. Decent lacing. Attractive chocolate aroma with, believe it or not, some coffee. Medium bodied, carbonation is a little too spritzy. Full roasted grain, chocolate and a nice bitterness at the finish. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cazort (561) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Aroma nice, porter-like, not that strong. The minute it hits your tongue: wow. A nice roast flavour: toasty without tasting burned. A nice hoppiness too; very dry, not too sweet; quite balanced. One of my favourite porters yet, and also quite original; this doesnt taste like its imitating something but rather is a bold and creative statement of its own. Yet another brew to convince me that Sierra Nevada has it going on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBaronLS (85) - Grove City, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Nice and smooth with a chocolatey coffee aroma. My last one (which I am rating), had a slightly off after taste, which I dont remember from others.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2005
Had this with a roast of beef, excellent pairing. Aroma of roasted malt and the usual coffee/chocolate porter aroma. Taste is similar and very well balanced, with a good amount of sweetness too. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2005
(bottle) Iv enever been a big fan of this brewery, and this beer did nothing to change that. A decent coffee flavored porter with the typical Sierra Nevada lagerish finish. It got better the more I drank, but it never quite reached the point of being good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2005
bottle 11/3/05. Pours a very dark black color with a small white head. Aromas smell like light red wine but are not over-bearing on taste and texture. Roasted malts in the flavor as well as the nose with slight chocolate hints. Very smooth but a little dry and watery in the finish. The bottle that I had seemed really fresh. Good beer from Sierra one of my favorite brewing companies.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Bottle poured black with nice creamy head and lacing. Roasty malt and coffee aroma. Flavor is roast malt lightly sweet and creamy. Rather light body but easy drinking porter. Good stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2005
Dark, roasty flavor. I thought this to be quite hoppy for a porter. So much so, it nearly reminded me of a darkened version of Sierra Nevadas Pale Ale. Dry coffee flavor without the smooth mellowness of chocolate. Quaffable but not complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
awebster (165) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 30, 2005
Rich, full, dark, and hearty. Good example of the porter style, good malty taste and nose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2005 Bottle. Aroma very chocolaty. Dark brown with a thin white head and active carbonation. Frankly it looks like a Pepsi when poured. Solid mouth feel somewhere between most stouts and the SA pale ale. Lightly bitter finish. Flavor is surprisingly light, no where near as chocolaty as the aroma would suggest. Little coffee, little more hops than I expected, but nothing is overpowering. I had this for the first time last night around a campfire, and it felt very appropriate.

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