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 Porterís 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: 45-50įF GLASS: Pint glass, mug AVAILABILITY: Year-round / 12oz (6pk and 24 bottle cases) / 1/2 keg, 1/6 keg CELLARING: 4-45įF

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jcr (2692) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2005
This is the third Southern Tier beer I have had and I have not been disappointed with any of them. The porter poured dark brown with an inviting off-white head. Roasted malts dominated the aroma. The flavor was also filled with the roasted malts, but also revealed hints of chocolate and coffee with some burnt sugar. Seemed to be more bitter hop presence than other porters I have had, but not enough to detract from chocolate, coffee notes. I did detect a metallic aftertaste that I hope was just an anomaly. Pleasant medium body.

mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2005
draught. deep dark brown body, nearing black with a small off-white head. aroma has milk chocolate and roasty malt providing an overall pleasant bouquet. body has bitter coffee roast and some chocolate. a mediocre porter but still very drinkable.

ABUSEDGOAT (2733) - California, USA - SEP 15, 2005
Pours a brownish black body with no head. Aroma is roast and chocolate, with hints of coffee. Flavor was roasty and chocolatey, but felt off balance and stale, like their tripel. After the aroma this beer went downhill fast. Maybe this should age longer in the bottle?

Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of Shadey. Aroma of coffee, caramel, roasted grain, and nuts. Pours a dark brown with some orange hilights and a big tan head with decent retention. Flavor is rather light up front, maybe a hint of chocolate. Finish is black coffee, burnt grain, pine hops, and nuts.

badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2005
appearance of a typical porter w/ medium brown head...aroma is of bitter chocolate, with a touch of roasted coffee (some sour notes present)...flavor is heavy in roasted notes as well, with an emphasis on chocolate; a burnt and bitter touch the coffee as well

Boyz2pepsi (7) - Wooster, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2005 does not count
Bottle. Oh...whatís not to like. Coffee, chocolate, cream, and of course, that dark beer flavor we love. itís a little different from most dark beers in that it needs to be a little colder to enjoy its flavors - otherwise the bitterness is just a little too overpowering. If you can be so precise, go for about 50 degrees. My favorite part about this beer has to be how it never weighs on you - it dosnít fill you up, nor does it make you crave a lemon to suck on if you drink too much.

blankboy (7662) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2005
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a large diminishing rocky off-white head. Nice bubble action. Aroma smells great! Roasted malt, coffee, hops and cocoa. The flavour isnít anything to scoff at either: the floral hops, chocolate, roasted malt & coffee add up to one great, hoppy porter! Palate has a light bitterness and the texture is nice and creamy. A very enjoyable porter, I have no idea why this isnít rated higher. Recommended!

Ron (3923) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2006 Had this at the Flour City Brew Fest. Very dark with a roasted aroma. Malt body with a bit of sweetness and light hops finish. Rerate 2/01/06 I enjoyed this alittle more than before.

JPDIPSO (6216) - Wauwatosa, USA - AUG 9, 2005
Clear dark brown in color with a taller tan head. Dark coffee aromas with a mild vinous acidity. Hints of DMS and nuts. Perhaps a touch thin in feel, but it seems to work. Quite dry, with plenty of roasted malt and and a touch of dark chocolate. A mild hops component that adds a mild citrus touch. Thanks Santa.

SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JUL 25, 2005
Bottle from sampler. Great smelling porter. Elements of coffee, bakerís chocolate, cherry and a slight minty sensation all in the nose. It has a very roasty and a very smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is a bit thin, especially when compared to the nose, but has the ubiquitous coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. But, the finish is oh so smooth. For a porter, this is pretty good, and itís must be even better in the dead of winter.

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