RATINGS: 818   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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tauruslw33 (69) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2005
Very dark beer with little head. Coffee like aroma, some chocolate. Flavour has hints of cocoa and coffee. I had an aftertaste simiilar to the flavour itself. Their is some bitterness, but it still goes down smoother than most of the better known dark beers I have had. I would like to see the Southern Tier people make an attempt at canning this beer as a "draught", like Boddington.

GTown (127) - New York, USA - DEC 23, 2005
Draught. Pours red-brown with a thick head. Good lacing. Aroma of chocolate and espresso. Roasted malt flavor with coffee and hops. A good porter.

Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Deep brown. Sweet and roasty nose. Smooth and soft texture; somewhat light bodied. Notes of sweet chocolate, toasted bread and a little vanilla. Healthy amount of sweetness was accented by some lactic sourness. A roasty, chocolaty bitterness seemed to round things out pretty well. Overall it was a pretty decent porter, but it was too much like watching a predictable movie.

Ernest (7662) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers), with a note of vanilla. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Pleasant.

Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Dark brown, no head. Aroma is roasted malts and big cocoa. Taste is largly roasted malt, some slight sourness. Finish is mildly bitter, chocolate. Body was too watery.

noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Pours darkest brown, near black, smallish tan head, no lace. Perhaps too cold. Aromas of malt, toast, smoke, coffee, and chocolate. Favors were largely roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, raisins, molasses and yeast. Not much hop flavor but considerable hop bitterness in the profile. Long, dry bitter finish. Mouthfeel solid but a bit fizzier than most Porters.

dondk (28) - leetsdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Dark and full bodied looking. A small head tan head. Mocha, Malt and Chocolate aromas. Not bad tasting, a decent porter in all

Darkover (1538) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Dark brown with a small tan head. Mild roast and hop aroma. Flavor is roasty and burnt.

thedm (6147) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2005
This bottled brew poured a small sized head of foamy light brown colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a nearly opaque except around the edge dark ruby red brown colored body. It had a sweet malt dough aroma. The mouth feel was tingly from start to finish with a medium hop aftertaste. The flavor contained thin sweet brown malts with a caramel point to it. It was quite different from most porters I have had. It lacked the complexity and needed more brown malts coffee and roastiness.

HogTownHarry (6622) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2005
Bottle (12oz). Poured very deep brownish black, average light brown head. Aroma - yep, that’s a porter - dry, roasted coffee beans and nuts, olives, prunes, even burnt grappa! Taste is a little too smoky - burnt coffee grounds and sugar, roast chestnuts, charcoal, some fruit. I want to like this a lot, but it’s just too carbonized - mouthfeel is average-bodied and typically still. If you like smoke though ...

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