RATINGS: 814   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Hearty malts meld with a subtle balance of hops to create a dark and nurturing ale of comfort and complexity. Hints of bittersweet chocolate and espresso fill the tongue, finishing with just a touch of smoke. Not too sweet or filling, this versatile dark ale dissuades the notion that a darker beer is a stronger beer. Five varieties of roasted malts are the source of Porter’s dark color and rich taste, while two varieties of hops bring a mellow bite to this deep toasty ale.
FOOD PAIRINGS: Particularly tasty with slow-cooked meats, grilled cheese, smoked sausage. Pairs well with chocolate desserts, pumpkin pie, cheesecake.
AVAILABILITY: Year-round / 12oz (6pk and 24 bottle cases) / 1/2 keg, 1/6 keg

STYLE: American Porter
ABV: 5.8%
FERMENTATION: Ale yeast, five varieties of malts, two varieties of hops
COLOR: Dark brown with a red hue
EFFERVESCENCE: Moderate, lingering
NOSE: Earthy, toasted grains
FLAVOR: Mild coffee bitterness, chocolate, a delicate malty sweetness with hints of carmel and smoke
BITTERNESS: medium-light
BODY: Creamy but not thick, medium bodied
SERVING TEMPERATURE: 45-50°F GLASS: Pint glass, mug AVAILABILITY: Year-round / 12oz (6pk and 24 bottle cases) / 1/2 keg, 1/6 keg CELLARING: 4-45°F

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Kevin (2201) - Montana, USA - MAR 7, 2006
pours black that shows red when held aloft and a gray head that rings with islands of foam floating around. Not much from the nose, a little light roast and coffee. Sweet flavor that I really didn’t expect judging by the nose. It tastes like chocolate chips, toast, and coffee. A lingering roast coffee flavor. Some alcohol is noticeable too. Thin body to this. Not a bad brew. Ap-4 ar-6 tas-7 pal-3 ov-14

Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Very dark pour, rich creamy tan head. Nose was roasted coffee. Wow, mouth feel was much fuller then I anticipated from the pour. Well balanced carbonation, hop and malt profile. This is a most excellent Porter, and much appreciated, Thanks shadey!

kramer (6905) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2006
12 oz bottle, via puzzl. An energetic poof emits when I crack the cap. The first pour yields 3/4 head and 1/4 beer. Dark mahogany body with a light brown head after several pours and many minutes. Milk chocolate, roast, licorice, and coffee on the nose, very dry. Flavor is a little thin, mostly coffee and black patent malt. Finish is dry, dusty, and overly astringent. The carbonation in this is so high that as soon as the beer reaches my tongue it turns into a mass of foam. When you wait it out you get a thinnish light bodied mouthfeel. I’m not really sure what to think of this one, the carbonation just completely distracts me. Maybe a bad bottle?

badgerben (5316) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2006
Black color with a no head. Some mild hop aroma. Oddly enough, the taste was about the same. No real malt body or any roasts of any kind. Just thick, dry hop juice.

fly (1487) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2006
Very solid porter with nice body and that it held up to me drinking at a time when I probably shouldn’t have (after MANY other beers) it is all the more impressive. Thanks again to Shadey

NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2006
Courtesy of Shadey <P> Aroma is full of chocolate malt, cream and miniscule hints of vanilla. Deep black with a thumb thick tan head. Fore is roasty chocolate malts, cocoa, sweet cream, light coffee notes and a hint of nougat. Very nice mouthfeel that is perfectly to syle. A well done porter.

erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Pours a deep brown bordering in black with a med. off-white head. Aroma is of cocoa and piney hops. The body is med. but a little over-carbonated and thus feels thinner than it really is. The flavors are heavy with chocolate, but ther is some caramel. A dry bitter finish makes this pretty authentic. [email protected] is the only thing I would really change and this has been in the bottle a while so I’m impressed.

3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2009 Very rich and slightly smoky nose with a touch of cream. Reminds me of Boulevard Bully Porter. Texture is semi-frothy, flavor is moderately bitter, somewhat acidic, mildly creamy and with a touch of roasted malts. Good stuff. Could be an everyday porter.

Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Pours brown with a tan head. smells of coffee, chocolate, and some pepper. Taste is malty with some nice chocolate and coffee elements. Bittersweet finish.

adrian910ss (2594) - Doylestown, PA, USA - JAN 13, 2006
Pours a black color with a small beige head. Aroma is malty with hints of slightly roasted coffee. Flavor is kind of bland for a porter with malts dominating in flavor and slight hints of coffee. Slightly better than average porter.

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