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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Deep Dark Robust Porter finished with Cascade hops for a west coast feel.

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3.3
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 27, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2014 Nitro, 7/16/14. Creamy beige head atop clear mahogany body. Aroma is moderately sweet, chococaramel, light roast, earthy, coffee. Taste is medium sweet, roast, earthy, chocolate, coffee, some caramel. Light-medium body, light stickiness. 7/3/7/3/13

12oz bottle, 12/27/06. Small beige head atop clear, dark brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, some caramel. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, some caramel, roast, chocolate. Light-medium body, some resin, light acidity. The appearance is the only characteristic that fits a porter profile -- this beer is much too hoppy, with not enough maltiness (though it does intensify slightly as it warms). Not that this is a bad thing as far as my appreciation, just pointing out that my expectations did not equal results. 6/3/8/3/15

3.4
BeerandBlues2 (13823) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 30, 2006
12-oz. bottle from beastiefan2k. Pours dark molasses with a thin frothy tan head, lasting, and spotty lacing. Aroma is dark roasted caramel and nut malt (cookie) with faint chocolate, yeast (leather) and woodsy notes. Medium acidity, moderate drying bitter hop flavor, toasty and nutty, caramel and chocolate malt. Medium to dark bodied, dry and spicy, fizzy palate.

3.5
bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2007
(Bottle) Pours a brown body with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, lactose, and caramel. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, and mild hops.

3.2
hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2007
12oz bottle. Poured a medium to deeper brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of cocoa, roast, chocolate, and burnt caramel. Tastes of chocolate, roast, and caramel.

3.2
Sammy (12769) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2007
On tap at David Coperfield’s. Opaque black with a white head. This is a sweet stout,with caramel and some chocolate malt. it’s OK as a stout, I don’t know if the Cascade hops add a lot. There is roastiness in the taste and in the aroma. Noticeable lace. Above average carbonation.

3.4
daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 12, 2008
Bottle from Smugglers Notch, VT. Black pour with a foamy, medium tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate and some vanilla. Very carbonated. Flavor is like a maltball and sweet at the start...finish ends up a bit dry and bitter. This was pretty ok.

3.5
DocLock (11048) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2017
Quart can via PUB'R. Pours hazy deep coppery toward brown with frothy, tan head. Nose is roasty dark malt, resiny hops, cacao. Tastes dark malty, with notes of dark chocolate syrup, hops, and a roasty finish. Like a black IPA/porter hybrid.

3.6
jercraigs (10886) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2005
Maine Brewers Festival 2005. Black body with a good sized khaki head. Mild roast with a bit of chocolate notes and very muted fruit. Flavour is fairly restrained served at cold temperature, mild riast and burnt chocolate undercurrents. Emerges a bit more as it warms. Average to medium palate. Deserving of a full pint if I get the chance again.

3.2
MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 7, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2009 Any first impressions?
-A veil of foam floats atop a murky dark brown.
-Earthy, citrusy hops and muddy roastiness intrigue the nostrils.
-Wooden hops take quite a bit of space in the flavor spectrum, as roastiness has to set back in the second violin position.
-The comfy carbonation fits the light and quenching mouthfeel.

What if you dig deeper?
-Some burnt fruitiness is found hugging the malts.
-This lacks the maltiness of the best porters, and thus feels more like a brown IPA, but it’s good, so who cares?
-I don’t think the flavors coalesce completely, but this still remains a flavorful pint.
-A more recent pint offered lots of roastiness and caramel in a very slim mouthfeel, ending in roasted and wooden hop bitterness. From 3.4 to 3.0.

On tap at the brewpub on two separate occasions.

3.1
nimbleprop (8761) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 21, 2007
Poured a deep, opaque black, slightly watery with a foamy, lacing, slightly off white head. Smells of roasted malts, coffee and sugar. Overall flavor is a bit off, roasted malts are there, but so is an artificial sweetness that doesn’t fit. Finish was typical porter, coffee type bitterness and lasting roasted flavor. Barely enjoyable.


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